At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to.If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties.

“Romantically, it seems people firstly move to the city to concentrate on their career and barely have time for themselves, let alone their social lives and finding a partner.” Smeeters Social Club (smeeters.com) thinks there’s another way.

This new site, which launched in London last month, claims to offer “a new approach to meeting people”.

The first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.

Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events.

Drew Sterrett couldn’t know that when his friend slipped into his bottom bunk late one night in March of his freshman year, she was setting off a series of events that would end his college education.

It was 2012, and Sterrett was an engineering student at the University of Michigan. A group of students had been hanging out in the dorm on a Friday evening—there was drinking, but no one was incapacitated—when CB told Sterrett that her roommate had family members staying in their room and she needed a place to spend the night.

The site originated in Paris (we briefly hoped they’d maybe fly us over to meet some Parisian boys) and this is the fifth week of setting up these group dates in London.

Michelle Songy, who oversees the London operation, tells me 2,000 members have already signed up and numbers are growing fast.

Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of short "dates" usually lasting from three to eight minutes depending on the organization running the event.