Yes that's right! Even The Science Museum is now dipping it's toes into the world of dating. I've never been speed dating before and in my lonely days as an attached-not-so-smug-nearly-
When you think about it the average blind internet date takes a minimum of 5 whole hours of my life (that's an hour to get ready, 2 hr return journey and really you have to stay for a couple of hours to be nice). So the idea that I could date 15 men in under an hour appealed quite nicely to my time poor self.
The dating thing is just one part of the evening that the museum put's on monthly. With a couple of friends in tow for support we headed down to South Kensington on a sunny Wednesday evening. Nervously we bought a bottle of wine from the museum stall and wondered around watching the silent disco'ers and DJ's playing. You can do experiements on the night and there are various talks and strange things to do. It would be great thing to do for a first date!
At 8pm and we headed up to the 3rd floor to be fed to the lions.
We were herded into a small room where we had to stand in close proximity to everyone else we were about to date and fill out our name badges. Stupidly I put both my first name....and then my second name. What was I thinking? I don't think the idea that people could google stalk my name afterwards really occurred to me. It wasn't some sort of networking night!
And then after a short while we took our places in a large room. We were given a clipboard with the badge numbers on and the idea was that the girls stayed seated and the boys moved around and after the 3 minute 'date' (which was ended with a siren each time) we had to tick a 'Yes', 'No' or 'Friends' box on our bits of paper.
The siren sounded and we were off. Now I have to be honest. I was nicely tipsy by this point. I was quite nervous. At least half the men in the room seemed to be ALOT younger than me (it's my current complex as I'm turning 30 next month). I can't really quite remember many of the dates. Alot of the talk seemed to be centred on 'Have you done this before' and 'What do you do for a living'. There was the guy who couldn't stop sweating, the one who was a surgeon and the one who was helping orphans in India.
And then there was a good-looking young man with whom I felt a spark with. We talked about music and he said he wanted to take me dancing. The siren sounded 'It was really good to meet you' he said standing up looking me in the eyes smiling, lingering a little. There was definitely a connection there. I ticked yes.
And then it was all over and I was exhausted!
The next day everyone was emailed their matches. Mr Dancer had said yes aswell. I'll let you know how the real date goes!
Overall it was a fun night. A great way to meet people. I would really recommend it for people who haven't dated that much and want to be thrown in at the deep end because it really pushes you to start talking about yourself and working out what you want from other people. It's also great for helping you tune into any connection that might be there with someone.