From German sausage eating to kayak dating, top taste makers reveal 2014's must do dating list

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Activity based dating site have polled top taste makers to see what they predict singletons will be doing on dates throughout 2014. And the traditional ‘Dinner and a Movie’ date doesn’t even get a mention.

2014 the year of alternative dating

Dates are much better when you are DoingSomething

Time pressed urbanites are turning to activities including kayaking on the Thames to eating spotted dick at a cafe staffed entirely by Grandma’s as a better way of meeting someone new.

Eating German bratwurst sausage, rock climbing underneath a motorway and even pub yoga dating also make the list.

Psychologist Nancy Wesson explains why conversations are easier to start if you’re doing something ‘once you’ve been sharing an activity together you already have the basis for a conversation.’ DoingSomething was set up to combat the inherent awkwardness that is synonymous with traditional drinks-in-a-pub Internet dating.

It’s a stark contrast to recent research that reveals half of all single Brits (48%) have fallen victim to a so called ‘Groundhog Date’ – arranging first dates in the same place, at the same time, ordering the same food and making the same small talk again, and again, and again, and again.

In fact, 43% of Groundhog Daters admitted to having arranged a first date in the same location between 10 and 20 times in the last 12 months, with the only difference in dates being the person they’re meeting. This is despite an astonishing 85% saying they don’t enjoy these dates, and wished they were more creative and adventurous in their choice of dating activities.

Sadly, a quarter (24.4%) of Brits that fall into the stale and unimaginative Groundhog Date trap will never clinch a second date – even if they click with the people they meet - and are destined to relive the same experience over and over unless they change their dating ways. Another quarter (27%) will need between 7 and 12 Groundhog Dates before securing a second rendezvous. has also conducted research with 500 of its users to discover exactly which types of first date activities are the most likely to be fun, enjoyable and create the conditions that secure that all-important second date. And revealed DoingSomething members are far more adventurous than the average Groundhog dater.

The results show that adding a little flair and originality into a first date, and putting emphasis on the activity itself, can significantly improve success rates, with 40% of singles on securing a second date at the first or second time of asking.

Matt Janes, DoingSomething co-founder and CEO says ‘DoingSomething members are undoubtedly the UK’s most interesting Singletons judging by their lively first date suggestions’.


For more information please contact Matt Janes @ DoingSomething

Must Do Dates for 2014 - Recommended by Top Tastemakers

*Morning Glory Rave Part rave - part fitness craze, part fun a Morning Glory Date starts at 7am. Taking over the Village Underground club the first Wednesday every month. And whilst there is a bar, it only serves smoothies.

*Herman Ze German Who’s tagline is ‘Our Wurst is Ze Best’ is sure to provoke a first date smile. German sausage is the perfect first date icebreaker.

*Pizza making with Pizza Pilgrims - try a pizza making class to get to know someone new. Chucking flour at each other’s faces will break down barriers really quickly.

*Jess Indeedy Musical Bingo It’s official - bingo is now cool again and you can do it on a date. Jess Indeedy has re invented Bingo as Musical Bingo at Balham Bowls Club. They don’t call out numbers but play music which you mark off on your card during rounds.

*Vintage London Taxi Tour - take your pick from classic Austin taxis, 1970‘s Mercedes-Benzes or even a Vintage roller. Get to know someone new in style.

*Pub Yoga Pub Dating - combining the three British loves of pubs, dating and yoga. A singles yoga class adjacent to a pub. Plenty of time to discuss your downward dog over a post Yogic tipple.

*Comfort food at the Nana café - sit down to enjoy bangers and mash and spotted dick with custard with your new beau at this cafe staffed entirely by Grandmas.

*Edible Cinema Eating is the new watching - edible cinema using taste, aroma and texture to heighten the viewers’ sensory experience of the action.

*Thames Rockets - channel your inner James Bond as you hurtle down Old Father Thames at 40mph. Adrenalin is well knows to bond people. See what affect it has on you and someone you didn’t know 10 minutes ago.

*Also recommended: Schnitzel and Spritz, Ridley Road Market Bar, Little Red Staircase, The Spa at the Shangri La, The Shard, The Bridge Coffee House, Westway climbing wall, Jackson and Rye for brunch, David Tennant in Richard the 2nd,, Booking ahead for the ArcelorMittal Orbit, COLD bar, Lemonade and Laughing Gas, The Manhattans Project, Dalston roof park, Oblique’s parties, Canalival, Hackney, East London speakeasy bar crawl, Satan’s Whiskers, Pop Up Painting, Last Tuesday Society Taxidermy Workshop, Rollerskiing, Future Cinema

(As chosen by Huffington Post, Londonist, Stylist, Time Out, Barchick, Londonist, Hot Dinners, London Calling, TNT Magazine, Twenty Something London, Design My Night and Billetto)

Go to: for the full list.

ABOUT DOINGSOMETHING.CO.UK is the activity based dating site taking the UK by storm and has just launched in seven UK cities. It’s the only dating site that focusses on what you actually do on a date. Rather than cringey descriptions, site profiles are made up of things people want to do. Members post date ideas. And find other people who want to do them.

DoingSomething took over the whole London Eye for an entire rotation and filled each capsule with a different activity ranging from Stand Up Comedy from the Comedy Store, to Silent Cinema to Hackney City Farm creating a petting Zoo at 400ft. And recently staged a PingPong tournament on top of The O2 for adventurous singletons.

They’ve already had their first marriage and even a DoingSomething baby.

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