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With dating apps ever increasing, finding love is now as much about an algorithm as physical attraction. Join us this Friday Late to swipe, like, and explore the future of dating. What role do data and technology play, and what is at stake in terms of chemistry, privacy and who knows our preferences best? Look at the politics of sex and relationships, and question how we build and sustain them today and into the future. Watch out cupid! 💕
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
6:30pm – 10pm
Free, make sure you arrive early!
Back again for its sixth year, the London institution that is Bounce’s Anti Valentines party celebrates the sheer joy of being single on Valentine’s Day. 💔🖤🍷🍸🍹🍺
No couples, no PDAs, no saccharine pet names and definitely no cheeky winks. Okay, well maybe this one is allowed. Instead they’ll be smashing apart heart-shaped piñatas, drinking strong cocktails, and experiencing true love by way of pepperoni pizza, Ping Pong and a playlist that includes empowering numbers from TLC.
But, if you absolutely insist of finding someone compatible, Bumble will be on hand to provide cocktails for amorous pairings.
- Unlimited UV Ping Pong & Wonderball
- UV face artists to plaster UV paint over your grinning chops
- Their famous Love Police will be taking mugshots of any ‘Romance Rebels’
- Group games and tournaments organised by the Bounce Games Gurus
Gather your mates and head down to Bounce, Farringdon because shaking a stick at a heart-shaped piñata is so much more gratifying.
Farringdon, 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD
6pm till late
£5 book online
Single women and men, try something different this Valentine’s Day with PlayDate in association with Scribbler. 💏💋🍷🍺
Everyone gets a special Scribbler goody bag, free drink, nibbles, games and entry to the afterparty!
You don’t have to be an artist or especially creative, just take a good sense of humour and willingness to mingle with other single people and the hosts will take care of the rest! The emphasis is on fun, play and interaction.
Retro sweets will be freely available throughout the event from 7pm and of course you will be encouraged to share a loveheart with the person you fancy.
Your entry ticket will also grant you entry to the venue for the rest of the evening until close and you are welcome to stay on and mingle!
There are a limited number of ‘male’, ‘female’ and ‘mixed’ tickets. Mixed tickets are the equivalent of a single male and a single female ticket combined. If certain tickets are sold out please join the waiting list or purchase a mixed ticket and take a single friend.
SAMA Bankside, 3 Robinson Road, London SE1 8BU
7pm until late
£25 book online
TIME AND PLACE:
Doors: 9pm – late
@ Bounce, 41 Old Street, London EC1V 9EY
Tickets: from £6 book online
With everything going on in the world, Bounce thought it was high time for another SUMMER OF LOVE, where expression of the soul and free love culminate in a plethora of potent ping pong paddles swirling through the air in joyful abandon. 💏 ❤️🏓
Time to wear flowers in your hair and lose yourself to the best sounds of the 60s and 70s.
- Free love and Ping Pong all night
- Huge Ping Pong based group games only found at Bounce and run by the tripped out Games Gurus
- Psychedelic inspired body and face painters
- Alcoholic prizes!
TIME AND PLACE:
19:30 – 02:00
Entry: Tickets from £10 including entry, free ‘pong all night long’
For more info see www.doingsomething.co.uk/Bounce
Following their recent success setting a World’s Biggest Ping Pong Date record on Easter Sunday, the team are back. And this time it’s Bigger, Bouncier, and even Pongy-er.
Singletons can get to know each other over a three way Ping Pong table (the puns write themselves), Space Hopper races and double the amount of Games Makers. The Games Makers act as Ping Pong coaches/Matchmakers bouncing singletons into one another and breaking the ice.
Throw in an egg and spoon race (with ping pong balls) and a six hour DJ set from the legendary Pete Pong and you’re guaranteed a pretty ‘batty night out’.
The Ping Pong date is a welcome relief for internet daters tired of ‘Dead time Dating’ i.e drinks in a bar, where the night tends to be peppered with awkward small talk, lengthy silences and moments of sheer panic.
‘Taking part in an activity is a more natural and easier way to get to someone new,’ says DoingSomething.co.uk’s CEO and co-founder. ‘And smashing a table tennis ball at someone’s chest at 40mph even more so!’ he jokes.
From a broader industry dating perspective, the move towards offline complementing online is key to differentiation in the ultra competitive online dating sector. Whilst DoingSomething.co.uk achieves success with highly original awkward-free formats, other big players including Match.com have tried to get into the event space too.
The party runs from 7.30pm – 2am on Bank Holiday Sunday where those yet to impress with their ping-pong moves can strut their stuff to the sounds of DJ Pete Pong.
‘Bigger, Bouncier, Pongier’ is one of a series of mass Ping Pong dates. Next in the calendar comes Hawaii Pong. Where a Limbo dancing competition and cocktail making class will accompany Ping Pong action. Future themes are closely guarded secrets.
See you all there.
TIME AND PLACE:
Doors: 18:00 speed dating starts at 19:00
@ Factory 7, Plough Yard, London EC2A 3LS
Tickets: £90 group ticket for three same gender friends book online
Hot Tub Cinema is teaming up with fun London dating site DoingSomething to launch the hottest ticket in town for Londoners looking for love this Christmas.
Hot Tub Speed Dating is the perfect way to meet the man or woman of your dreams. Groups of friends book together for a light hearted evening of great music, bar service and the opportunity to tub hop your way into another’s heart.
TIME AND PLACE:
@ Up at the O2, London SE10 0DY
Tickets: £25 RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Scale the roof of The O2 – Up at The O2 – in groups of 30 accompanied only by bad taste Christmas jumpers, a ukulele band, a dancing penguin (human), an accordion player and a fist full of alternative Christmas Carols.
This latest event, created by DoingSomething and Up at The O2 following on from the popular dating Ping Pong tournament in September.
Once the daters reach the rooftop, they’ll unclip their safety harness and find themselves on a viewing platform, 52ft above London, which has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Two snow machines turn Greenwich into Greenland. Whilst we can’t guarantee live reindeer we’ve had it on good authority Santa will be attending.
Singletons will stay on the roof for 30 minutes and sing Alternative Christmas Carols including Fairytale of New York. As well as some festive classics.
Throw in a Christmas tree, some Thermos flasks of mulled wine and a Mince Pie or ten and you have the makings of a highly original festive date.
The Indytute presenting The Camden Jammers:
Fairytale of New York
All I want for Christmas is you
TIME AND PLACE:
@ The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET
Tickets: £12 book online
Doing Something have teamed up with yoga expert Richard Brook, to launch a weekly singles night called Yoga Pub Dating!
The classes are interactive which enables everyone to connect with each other while practicing yoga. After the classes the group relax at the local pub.
Click here to sign up to Doing Something.
TIME AND PLACE:
Doors: various check website
@ Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NL
Tickets: from £15 book online
There’s nothing like the thrill of a first date anything can happen! In the brand new play Blind Date, you’ll experience all the exhilaration and excitement of new love as Mimi goes on a blind date with a different man every night!
Direct from critically acclaimed, sold-out runs in New York and Toronto, this fast and funny fusion of improvisation, theatre, and social experiment is sure to make you fall in love with Mimi.
TIME AND PLACE:
Whenever you like
@ A place near you
Alright guys lets say at first im not the first to jump on to a dating website but when I heard about Doingsomething.co.uk I though this isn’t a bad idea.
‘The site takes away the awkwardness from online dating by getting people to meet up and actually do something together. It signals the end of bad online dates where people meet in a pub and nervously fiddle with a crisp packet thinking of something to say..’
The Doingsomething.co.uk team invited me down to experience this idea and it was a pleasant surprise. I was matched up to another popular London site and was given a date that was randomly chosen.
I met my date Lucy Nicholls Fashion Lifestyle Blogger at www.shinythoughts.net we were given the great activity of going to London Zoo and grabbing a ice cream at Chin Chin Laboratories. The ice cream was next level at Chin Chin Laboratories we indulged in a special Jubilee flavour of Scones and ‘Queen’ Tea it was amazing, you must visit, if you want your taste buds tickled and eyes wowed by the crazy science experiment gone into the preparation. London Zoo took me back to being a kid and was a great day out, the doing something concept is a simple one but definitely makes the difference when meeting someone new.
Want to meet new people well hit up Doingsomething.co.uk
Here is a small photo account of the day: