It didn't matter whether or not an actual meet-up was in order; AIM was exciting because of the of sex or love that it implied."AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed," the company said in a statement about the service's shutdown.


I attended on a Saturday night in their Oxford Circus location, Peroni & Peroni, a underground bar inside the Ponti’s restaurant.

I was allowed to bring a plus one so I took my friend Abi and I felt a lot more comfortable going with her than I would have been going alone.

I applaud anyone who has the guts to attend any dating event solo!

Upon arrival you find the host for the evening who signs you off the register and gives your own unique number for the night, mine was 100, and you are told to grab a drink, take a seat or whatever you felt comfortable with whilst they waited for everyone to arrive.

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If the event is cancelled, please contact us for information on receiving a refund from the responsible party. The promoter, venue management and Design My Night accept no responsibility for any personal property. The event listed on the purchased ticket is strictly for ticket holders who are over 18 years of age. You get 4 minutes with each date and at first it feels like you are interviewing them with the standard “Hi, what’s your name and what’s your number? Mixeo number, I’m not that forward to be asking the phone number before they’ve even comfortably sat down.I was really surprised by how casual and down to earth the whole event felt.If you were a teen born in the late 80s and early 90s, you might remember AIM as a lifeline to social activity outside of school.Screen names like Surfer Moose05 and Blue Eyed Babe14 were taglines and forms of self expression before everyone had a funny display name on Twitter, and the infamous "away message" was the best place to post Hawthorne Heights lyrics before dating apps like Tinder just linked right up to your Spotify. Original Dating is London’s leading speed dating and singles party company, starting out in 2003 with a monthly event in Clapham before branching out to the rest of London.

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