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News: Spin the Wheel of Date

Valentine’s Day might have been and gone but if you were worried the nervous anticipation of blind dates and awkward chit chat was banished for another year, never fear! This Thursday 28th February, DoingSomething are teaming up with Time Out London and taking over the London Eye, and packing it with single people. Now you’re looking back at all those dates you’ve had before with fond memories as you could leave whenever you wanted, yes my friends, on the eye you are trapped in a pod for 30 minutes as the Eye goes round. As if the dating market wasn’t bad enough as it is, try it 435ft in the air.

Each pod will be themed, so at least there will be something to chat about to break the ice, and range from karaoke to table football, a silent disco, petting zoo and musical bingo. More creative pods feature a life drawing class (nothing like discussing another naked person on a first date); Sofar Sounds who host secret living room gigs worldwide; and a film event by the people over at Future Cinema. There are also stand up comedy pods and a even a gameshow hosted by interactive performance company Legs Akimbo. The raw deal has to come from the Wedding Capsule – if, quite sensibly, you don’t feel like stepping off the Eye married, then entertainment in this one might be minimal.

500 of London’s singletons will be placed in the pods at random (this makes it sound like they will be dropped in or taken out at will – disclaimer: you will complete one whole circuit of the Eye). After the Eye has worked its magic, there is an after party at the nearby underground arts venue, The Old Vic Tunnels, where you can catch up with that special somebody who caught your eye or seek out new blood, all on the safety of solid ground.

Tickets are available online and the £29 fee includes a three month membership to the unique dating site (worth £45) making keeping in touch with others after the event just that little bit easier.

Go on, give it a spin (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

- Allana Isaacs

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