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(a few girls chose to keep their bra and pants on, but others decided to try the full monty with me).
In general, the atmosphere was full of mutual support and sleepover-esque solidarity.
I saw an opportunity to do things better and make the events more quirky and fun. Date in a Dash now hosts more events in London than its competitors, has over 30,000 members and is working with top brands in quality venues all over the city.
And it is the first, in fact, to host an event of this kind.
It felt voyeuristic and superior, and I would definitely recommend that they have to disrobe, too. But in general, as the night went on and the names stacked up on scorecards, people began to lose layers – and inhibitions.
There were also, as I found out, a few naked bike-ride aficionados – with seemingly intact ballsacks – and one or two girls who genuinely could have been models, but by and large it was a normal group of young people: up for a laugh and willing to try something new, but all friendly and respectful. Rob explains: “All these events act as great ice breakers, and I imagine it’ll be fairly successful given it brings together a bunch of people with core shared values.
“I wouldn’t do it in a million years.” Red rag to a bull, I’m afraid.
“In terms of ‘Naked Dating’, it was just an idea I’d been thinking of for a while since I saw the show, ‘Naked Attraction’.” Like the show, the event was billed around the idea of a limited “reveal’: you all emerge in two rows, boys opposite girls (currently the event is only set up for heterosexual daters, but I hope to see them expand in the future), wearing nothing but your event-provided robe and your best smile.(A word to the wise, though, for whoever compiled the playlist: if you want to put women at their ease, lay off the James Blunt.The only thing that “Goodbye, My Lover” was psyching me up for was a funeral.) I heard later the boys all undressed in the bar in total silence, avoiding eye contact. In we shuffled, in our matching Matalan robes, to a reassuringly dark bar filled with small tables.I was quite flustered when a genuine knockout sat down in front of me. Everyone is confident, outgoing and comfortable with their bodies, and physical attraction is the foundation of any relationship.” He was right – what an ice breaker.It’s hard to stress over small talk when you’ve seen someone’s labia.But this stands out as one of the more publishable pieces of advice I received before I went naked speed dating.The latest in London’s saucy scenes, Date in a Dash have begun hosting nude events for ages 23 to 35, to shake up the dating scene, cut through the bulls*** and to reveal right off the bat who’s really attracted to who, and who’s sporting, say, an unfortunate butt tattoo.The robes come off, you check each other out for a sphincter-crushingly awkward ten minutes, then you get dressed and proceed to speed date as normal. After an awkward mingle in the bar, which rather like a school disco involved palling up with the nearest member of the same sex and huddling in the corner, the girls were taken into a sweet and quirky cinema room to change.The atmosphere fizzed like prosecco: we giggled, hugged, compared choice of hairstyle (top and bottom), admired each other’s underwear...In the end, the only thing that got me through the door was the need to prove a totally meaningless point – and the prospect of a large vodka inside.Upstairs I went, fighting mild pukiness, to meet Rob the organiser.