Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of short "dates" usually lasting from three to eight minutes depending on the organization running the event.
At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell, clinks a glass, or blows a whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date.
Venues like Pause, Apartment 58, Babble City and Ruby Blue all have specialised singles events, with many more venues hosting everything from speed dating to singles nights.
Shhh Dating There's no need for awkward small-talk at these unconventional silent speed-dating events. In the first you can mime, squeak and gesticulate but in the second there's total silence; only staring into each other's eyes is allowed.At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to.If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties.Meet, mingle and then, if things are going well, retreat to one of the special rooms to find out more about the singles who pique your interest.See our photo gallery and slideshows from our singles parties (lock and key parties). We’ve also teamed up with great brands like Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health and the Metro newspaper to bring you the best singles nights and parties in the UK.The event will be free of charge, although entry tickets to the fair will be required.