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Date night: A table-tennis match

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 6, 2015 in Dating
Date night at Ping

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Every week, two lucky Londoners get to have a night or day out – and it’s on us! We set up Ben and Libby on a blind date, but did it end in a ping-pong ding-dong?

The venue: Dinner and drinks and table tennis at Ping, Earl’s Court.

The couple: Ben (26) is a teacher from Willesden Green. Libby (23) is an account manager who lives in Brixton.

First impressions

He said: ‘She was a nice-looking girl, I was quite happy, I didn’t have to make an exit! Although she’s definitely easy on the eye, I wouldn’t pick her out as someone I’d normally go for. You could see that she had made an effort though.’

She said: ‘The date was really good. He was nice, well dressed, and had a lovely smile. He’s not the kind of guy I normally go for at all. I usually go for taller guys with dark features; and he had a beard, which I don’t normally like. But I was still happy!’


He said: ‘She was surprisingly good at ping-pong, chucking up these huge shots. But she didn’t quite give me a run for my money; I won. The conversation was cool, though. We talked about loads of stuff and there weren’t any awkward silences.’

She said: ‘Both of us were not bad at ping-pong. We argued about who won, but I think it was me. The chat was good after that; interesting getting to know him. He told me he was 19, and I was like: Oh for fuck’s sake! But he was kidding – that was quite funny.’


He said: ‘We went for a couple of drinks at a pub after the ping-pong, and the conversation was still flowing. We exchanged numbers and just had a little friendly kiss goodbye. Nothing more.’ 4/5 stars

She said: ‘We went for another drink afterwards and walked to the tube together. He said he’d really like to see me again and, yeah, I’d probably go out with him again. There was no kiss, though!’  3.5/5 stars

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