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It’s Christmas! A time to drink more than usual and be totally acceptable. Guess what  presents to buy your family and get it totally wrong for another consecutive year. Make very big mistakes at the Work Christmas party and hope you still have a job the next day. Let’s not forget going home and the back to back interrogation from your family explaining why you’re still single? I love Christmas. 

Let’s face it, Christmas can be a very lonely time of year and we don’t need the constant reminders of it. It’s not like, I’ve not been trying either but finding someone isn’t as easy as it used to be. I blame social media and dating apps. It’s more difficult to land a date without the digital judgement beforehand. 

I’ve been struggling to find any single guys out and about lately. When I do pluck up the courage to speak to someone they’ve always been in a relationship, married or gay. Completely unavailable. If only there was a way to get a bunch of available, single, straight men in one room who are actually looking for someone. 

Then, I found this…

Original Dating

Photo credit: Original Dating

On Saturday 9th December, I attended Original Dating‘s Annual Christmas Offline Party. I’ve previously attended one of their Speed Dating events when I was informed of this party coming up at the weekend. It had me intrigued. 300 people in one room. 50:50 ratio. All single. The odds were in my favour. 

How did the event work? 

It was held at The Anthologist near Bank in London. The event was a Lock and Key style ice-breaker. This is where the ladies get a lock and men get keys. You have to find  someone and try the combination together to see if it opens the lock. Simple right? With 150 keys and 150 locks (plus extras), the odds are quite slim unless you do the ground work. That’s right, it’s time to mingle!

Lock n KEY

If you find a match and get unlocked, you get a raffle ticket. Matches means prizes. The prizes were some bottles of Prosecco, which isn’t a bad consolation prize if you can’t find someone you like. 

Honestly, I thought the event was great. I’ve been on Speed Dating events before but never to a Lock ‘n’ Key event. I found this much more relaxed and the odds weren’t bad either. It was quite intimidating at first and I felt quite anxious at first with the amount of people in one room. However, once I got going it was fine. 


Obviously, not all the guys were “my type on paper”. I spoke to a lot of guys and everyone was from different backgrounds, cultures and careers which made it more interesting. Every conversation was different, even though they all kind of started the same. “Have you been to one of these events before” or “What do you do for a living?” where the main ice breaker questions and got quite repetitive. 

I was actually really impressed with how confident the guys were at this event. They had no problems going up to girls and starting a conversation, which was a breath of fresh air. This also made it a lot easier for me as I’m actually nervous around new people. Obviously, there were the odd few guys who were in it for the prizes and quickly asked for my lock to try it then left. Priorities. 

I noticed a lot of pairings as the night went on. There were a few couples that had formed and having more one to one discussions. This was quite motivating as it showed that the event was working and had some immediate effects. 


I’ve done a few of these events now and the main thing I’ve realised is, I don’t think of them as “Dating” events. I’ve not had one date from these events (so far). So, why do I keep going back? 

I couldn’t really talk to guys before. I would never be the one to approach someone first and if they spoke to me, I would typically have verbal diarrhea. These events gave me a massive confidence boost. I can now introduce myself, maintain a conversation, give a good first impression and give someone my number if I like them. I think of them as a Social Confidence Masterclass. 


“The One” might not be at one of these events, but it will give you the confidence to speak to them when you do meet them.”


Obviously, this Christmas event is only once a year but Original Dating have monthly mixer events you can attend. They also have Speed Dating events nearly everyday of the week all over London. There next big event is the New Year’s Offline Dating Party on 13th January and after that it’s the Valentines Day Offline Dating Party on 10th February. It’s time to take some chances, boost your confidence and hopefully find someone special. 


Did I meet anyone at the Christmas Singles Party? Yes, I did…To be continued. 


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Would you be interested in going to Offline Dating event? Let me know in the comments below. 



Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored or a paid advertisement. I was given a complimentary ticket in exchange to write an honest review of what I though of the event. All opinions and words are my own.

Natasha Atlas
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  1. 20/01/2018 / 9:22 pm

    I wish I knew about these events when I lived in London!

  2. 21/01/2018 / 8:39 am

    This sounds so interesting, I’m looking forward to hearing how the event worked out for you! x

    Han | lifewithhan.blog

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