Anyone who’s tried eating in total darkness, for example at Dans Le Noir, will know it’s a messy business. Visual deprivation is supposed to enhance your other, unimpaired senses, but it’s also a great way to leave yourself looking like a knock-off Jackson Pollock painting. It’s an experience to remember though, and here’s your chance to try it.
Throughout the Thames Festival (September 5-15), restaurants along Butler’s Wharf – Le Pont de la Tour, Cantina del Ponte, Blueprint Café and Butler’s Wharf Chophouse – will be taking part in Butler’s Wharf Blackout; a range of light-shunning culinary events. Evening meals at each will be served by candlelight (8.30pm onwards) to enhance the riverside views. There’s also a nightly ‘Blackout Banquet’ along the riverfront with a rotating selection of dishes from each of the restaurant’s Blackout set menus (£35, book on 0207 940 1833).
And if you’re in the mood for a fright, other events will include Butler’s Wharf Chophouse’s Ghost Bus Tour, where guests take a break between the courses of their Victorian Feast for a spooky bus tour round London before returning to the restaurant for dessert (dinner and tour £55 per person, book on 020 7403 3403).
More information on all the events taking place can be found at chophouse-restaurant.co.uk.