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What Happened On The Wheel Of Date?

By Lindsey Last edited 45 months ago
What Happened On The Wheel Of Date?
Emer Martin of the Evening Standard interviews a male unicorn.
Emer Martin of the Evening Standard interviews a male unicorn.
A couple of performers make their way to the London Eye.
A couple of performers make their way to the London Eye.
Two performers outside the London Eye waiting to go into their pod.
Two performers outside the London Eye waiting to go into their pod.
The pod Gary was in transported the newly matched couples to Casablanca
The pod Gary was in transported the newly matched couples to Casablanca
View from the Eye
View from the Eye
What do do in Casablanca? Play chess of course
What do do in Casablanca? Play chess of course
Socializing in the pod.
Socializing in the pod.
A performer talking to the crowd (about Gary, in fact).
A performer talking to the crowd (about Gary, in fact).
The after party took place in the Old Vic Tunnels.
The after party took place in the Old Vic Tunnels.
A budding romance?
A budding romance?

On Thursday night, 491 single people took part in a unique dating event on the London Eye. Each capsule was transformed into a dating experience and ticket-holders divvied up and shuffled into pods for a turn of the wheel.

Our eligible writers were too terrified by the concept to take part so we sent Gary Cohen along to observe proceedings and capture the action on camera. He wound up in Casablanca. Others found themselves at a comedy gig, life-drawing, getting "married" or playing Musical Bingo.

It looks like a lot of fun was had with the various activities breaking the ice for nervous participants and the after party at the Old Vic Tunnels giving people a chance to mix more widely and share their "date" stories. This video created by organisers DoingSomething.co.uk gives a glimpse of other pod action, including bunny stroking, ping pong playing and some thumbs-up on the flirting front.

Photography by Gary Cohen.

Last Updated 02 March 2013

Londoner Kate

I would have loved this!