It hasn’t been sleazy at all.’ One of the men I spoke to had been dared to come along, while another mentioned that he had gone to regular speed dating, so why not go all the way?‘It’s a great way to meet people’, says Tomas, 28, a doctor in training.At first, I anticipated that most of the women and men would keep their underwear on.But, in the end, only one man and three women kept their underwear on. Not because this was a willy and vagina free-for-all-fest. There we were: skinny, curvy, a little bit round, a little bit square, small boobs, big boobs, small, medium and large penises, cellulites and hairy butt cracks. There’s a special camaraderie in being naked and vulnerable together, so the pressure was off.Friends Sam, 26, and Gemma, 27, came to the event together and during the break, told me about their experiences. ‘I thought it was going to be awkward and weird, because you can see everything, but it hasn’t been pervy or gross.‘You get the initial looks out of the way first, but then it’s just general conversation that you would have on a regular date.’ Gemma agrees: ‘The guys have been really respectful. The conversation hasn’t revolved around us being naked, either.While the majority of the men who sat down across from me avoided staring at my breasts, this man was more than happy to express his thoughts on my body. Another male guest was no stranger to flashing his naked body.As we were chatting, he also informed me that he’d chosen to wear the cock ring, because it restricted his penis from getting hard at the sight of so many beautiful women. Rob, 33, is on the committee of the World Naked Bike Ride in London.
But, from the impression I’ve gotten so far, having spoken to another woman who went along, serious dates aren’t the main goal of the activity. If you liked this story you should give our new sex podcast Good Sex Bad Sex a listen – it’s out every Wednesday.‘I’ve chosen to come along because of the novelty’, he says.During round two, the conversation was flowing and the fact that we were all naked was almost forgotten completely.This week, in the name of journalism, I was sat stark naked in a private room at The Exhibit in Balham.I was there alongside 30 other single men and women, all with their bits, boobs and balls hanging out. No, this wasn’t the annual meeting for London’s unofficial nudist club, but the UK’s first naked speed dating event, brought to you by the 33-year-old founder of Date In A Dash, Rob Ryall.I know what you’re thinking and no, speed dating nights are not a melting pot for unattractive people.