Last night as I settled down for a quiet drink with a friend in the comfy sofas of the Curzon Soho, a woman came over and asked if we were single. A bit forward, I thought. However, it wasn’t a personal request – she was two ladies short for a filmtastic speed dating night that was taking place a few seats over. It was too much of an intriguing offer to refuse. Every month, the Curzon Soho puts on a dating night which includes tickets to see a film, followed by some organised chit chat. The idea of speed dating itself is pretty damn weird, but in reality it was actually rather fun. I had a lot of nice conversations with an amazing range of people (from scientists to UN lawyers, illustrators to psychotherapists) in quick succession, even though I hadn’t seen the film beforehand which was meant to be our conversation sparker. The more wine I downed, the easier it became – 4 minutes is just long enough to get a glimmer of someone and short enough so it never gets awkward. Did I meet the man of my dreams? Sadly not. But for those with busy London lives, this is an easy way to quickly meet new people and have a bit of banter. Sonya Barber
As a newbie, I learnt a few things during the course of the evening…
Mention concentration camps (yes, someone actually did that).
Realise you have mutual friends (awkward).
Go off on a rant (you’ll sound like a psycho).
Talk about your ex/divorce/kids/dead cats.
Be mega keen/flirty/pervy/touchy-feely (yuck).
Openly slag off the other speed daters.
Get too wasted.
Get a bit tipsy (dutch courage etc).
Acknowledge how weird speed dating is.
Think up some basic questions (silence isn’t golden).
Laugh at their jokes (even if they are shit).
Try and remember their names (especially if you like them).
Go with a friend for moral support (and to exchange withering looks with).
Think this would be a great story to tell the grandkids how you met their Grandpa.
Find out more about Curzon Speed Dating.