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Fans, science and play-dough: three alternative dating events to try this spring

Matilda Egere-Cooper

Done with swiping? Give the apps a rest and try your luck at one of these fun dating events instead. 


Spring PlayDate 2016

The aim of this playful night is to break the ice over play-dough, drawing and other childhood pastimes. Meet your match over Connect 4 or find new pals who won’t judge if you knock over the Jenga tower after too many cocktails: it’s all fun and games. The ladies' tickets have already been snapped up as per usual, but if you have a single friend of the opposite sex, you can still cop a ticket for two.

The CrabTree, Rainville Road, W6 9HA. Thu, Mar 24, 7pm. £20 (male tickets only), £30-£35 when booked with a friend of the opposite sex. 

Date Lab

Looking for great chemistry? Dating agency Date Lab uses science to help people find love, and they’re hosting their first event this month. Although the set-up is very speed-datey, expect strict rules to be in place, like no red clothing or lippie for the ladies to even the playing field (according to stats, it drives the fellas wild). Participants will get a goodie bag with details of the psychological research that’s gone into the night – so if the sparks don’t fly, at least you’ll get a great science lesson. 

Coin Laundry, 70 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QP. Tue, Mar 29, 6.30pm. £15 (male tickets only).

Fanology – Dating in the 1700s

The guys behind Shhh dating are bringing courtship back with a new non-verbal event that’s a nod to the eighteenth century. This will be your chance to woo like it’s the 1700s – making signals with fans and playing flirting games and rituals. Baroque music will be the soundtrack to the evening, but don't worry: you can leave the petticoats and breeches at home. 

Drink Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX. Wed Apr 6, 7.30pm. £18, £15 when booked with a friend of the opposite sex. 

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