Every month on 30 Dates we showcase some of the weird and wonderful dating events going on in London. Do click on the links, as most of the companies below run more than one event throughout the month. And if you either run dating events, or hear of a dating event we haven’t listed (which is a bit different to normal speed dating) then please keep us posted!
Wednesday April 1
The ultimate low-key dating event – you don’t even need to be single to attend! Turn up with a group of friends, and just grab a red straw for your drink to show others you’re single and looking. St Paul’s. 5pm. Free
Sunday April 5
Life’s all one big contradiction as the ‘dating site for people who don’t do dating sites’ DoingSomething returns to Bounce for their annual ping-pong themed ‘anti-dating’ dating party. Holborn, 7.30pm. £12
Friday April 10
A dinner party with a difference – everyone is single and no one has to cook. Join eleven other diners right in the kitchen of gastro-pub The Mall Tavern. Tickets include a three-course meal, half a bottle of wine and service. Notting Hill. 7.45pm. From £45
Sunday April 12
Embrace your inner child with Twister, toys, retro sweets, candy floss and face painting. What better way to meet someone new, than with his crotch in your face?
409, Clapham. 6pm. £8.50
Tuesday April 14
Show off your obscure knowledge at a pub quiz in a bar full of singles, whilst giggling along to stand up from some of London’s best comedians. The Bedroom Bar, Shoreditch. 7pm. From £15
Wednesday April 15
40 of London’s gorgeous unattached gather for silent flirting games, eye gazing, and no talking! Sounds …. quiet!
Jam Tree, Clapham. 7pm. £20
Tuesday April 21
Like speed dating, but with added smarts! Avoid the normal awkward questions by spending four minutes discussing your favourite books. Nordic, Oxford Circus. 7pm. £21
Whether you know your chablis from your shiraz, or you confuse merlot with malbec, all are welcome at this event, where you’ll sample six different wines, while a wine expert tells you more about what you’re drinking. Oh, and you’ll also meet some other single wine fans while you’re at it. Vivat Bacchus, Farringdon. 7pm. £29.95