Speed Dating seems only to grow in popularity and there’s no better time for it than when Valentine’s Day comes around. If you are looking to host such an occasion, selecting the right venue should be step number 1.
Found on Charlotte Street in Central London, Bobo Social is a quaint and charming restaurant with a shabby-chic vibe, complete with grey, white and silver accents throughout. This grants it a calming and altogether elegant feel, thus making it the perfect place for people to mingle and get to know each other. Importantly for an event where people will likely be coming from far and wide, it is very well connected, being just a 10 minute walk from Soho and 9 minutes or less from 3 tube stations – Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street.
If the idea of Parisian chic without having to leave London appeals to you – and we all know that French is of course the language of love – then Basement Sate would make a fantastic choice to play host to a Valentine’s Day event. The dark woods, exposed bricks and sumptuous furnishings create a welcoming and yet intimate ambience which would lend itself to the occasion perfectly. There is a fantastic selection of food and drinks on offer to keep everyone refreshed and energised, and no less than 4 tube stations nearby, all of which are reachable in less than 10 minutes.
DSTRKT sits within a brilliant central location, easily reached from both Soho and the West End, and just minutes from tube stations such as Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden, meaning it’s a breeze to reach from across the lengths of London. Vastly versatile in its use, DSTRKT is able to accommodate capacities that range anywhere from just 20 up to 500 people, making this venue suitable no matter the scale you had in mind for the speed dating event; be it intimate and relaxed or bustling and chock-a-block with potential matches.
If you immediately want to put your guests at ease – after all, they may well be feeling a little nervous – then Proof is the place to be. This venue is a year-round rooftop bar that has a fun, chilled out and casual vibe, sure to help everyone feel calm and ready to get dating! As well as the open-air terrace, there are both indoor and outdoor covered areas on offer, so you needn’t worry about the typical British weather trying to spoil the mood. What more romantic setting is there than a bar nestled amongst the treetops with stunning views over London Fields Park?
For another fun, themed venue, you may consider hosting your speed dating event at Clerkenwell & Social, a literary inspired, multi-purpose events space complete with quirky touches such as books hanging from the ceiling. With 2 floors and an outdoor terrace at your disposal, there’s ample space for guests to get to know each other over house cocktails and delicious hand-crafted pizzas. Found in St John Square, it is just 3 minutes from Farringdon train and tube stations and 15 minutes from Old Street, keeping it well connected to the rest of the city.