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Single and ready to mingle? Here are the best dating nights in May

Posted at 6:15 pm, May 5, 2015 in Dating
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May Day’s been and gone, but there’s no need to panic! If you’re single in London and looking to meet someone new, our resident dating expert Charly Lester has put together a calendar of the most original dating events this month. 

Saturday May 9

 The Art of Learning – Speed Paint and Date

Like speed dating, but with the added awkwardness of drawing, painting or sculpting the person you’re sitting opposite!  The less talented you are, the more talking points you’ll have. Dar Marrakech, 7pm. £22

 Wednesday May 13

 Shhh Dating – Gentle Tantra Party


Yes, you did just read that correctly! Following the success of their parties in Clapham, Shhh Dating are spreading their silent wings to Dalston, where they will be running gentle intimacy-building parties.  Activities will involve using blindfolds and stroking other singles with roses. May sound a bit weird, but we have it on good authority that these events tend to end with loads of people snogging! Farr’s, 7pm. £15

Wednesday May 13

Original Dating – Quiz Dating

Do you know which star is closest to Earth, or how many years Nelson Mandela spent in prison? If you love general knowledge (or have a soft spot for those in the know), then this is the dating night for you. Impress other singles with your obscure knowledge, in a cross between speed dating and a pub quiz. Mortimer’s Bar, Oxford Circus, 7pm. £15 

Thursday May 14

Look Mum No Hands! – Cycle Speed Dating

Tyre-d of being alone? Looking for wheel love? Need someone to ring your bell? Okay, we’ll stop now, but you get the idea – this is speed dating for cycle enthusiasts. Don’t worry, the event doesn’t actually involve cycling – just a shared love of the sport. Which should at least give you an ice-breaker. Mare St, 7.30pm. £15

 Tuesday May 19

Original Dating – Literary Speed Dating

Literary Speed Dating

Speed dating with added smarts! Avoid the normal awkward questions by spending four minutes discussing your favourite books. Nordic, Oxford Circus, 7pm. £21 

Wednesday May 20

Shhh Dating – Silent Speed Dating

Forty of London’s gorgeous unattached gather for silent flirting games, eye gazing, and no talking. Sounds… quiet! Jam Tree, Clapham, 7pm. £20

Saturday May 23

 The School of Life – Dating Better Bootcamp

Dating and relationship expert Susan Quillam explores the challenges of modern dating, and offers solutions to make the experience more positive and productive. Love doesn’t come cheap, though. Marchmont St, 10am. £195

Sunday May 24

Lovestruck Goes Bowling

Join Lovestruck members and their friends for an evening of fun, flirting and a healthy bit of competition at the private bowling alley in Holborn. The evening will include mixed tournaments and virtual bowling. All Star Lanes, Holborn, 6.30pm. From £12

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