Dans le Noir ? LONDON

    A unique sensory experience
  • Dans le Noir ? LONDON

    Dans le Noir ? LONDON

    Convivial, inclusive, unusual
  • A unique sensory experience

    Dans le Noir ? LONDON

    One of the 10 most original restaurants in the world



Dans Le Noir ? restaurant

Since 2006, Dans le Noir ? restaurant, located in the heart of London in the traditional Clerkenwell district, has been offering the opportunity to taste gourmet, creative and seasonal cuisine in complete darkness, accompanied and served by unexpected guides. Dinner or lunch in pitch darkness is an original experience that allows us to re-evaluate our perception of taste while reclaiming our senses, to reinvigorate our relationship with the world and others and to experience a surprising encounter with something different.

Dans le Noir ? Sensory Lounge

To go further, Dans le Noir ? also has a Sensory Lounge offering convivial workshops: delicatessen and wine tastings selected by our sensory experts and our Sommelier Fabio Sutera. Work with our teams to plan memorable, effective and unique Team Building events. We also offer Kids Tasting sessions to awaken your children's senses.




Regularly ranked among the 10 most original restaurants in the world, Dans le Noir ? is a unique location for a romantic dinner, or an evening with friends. It is also a place to meet and discover others, as popularised in the Richard Curtis film "About Time". It is also an excellent choice when celebrating a diploma, success, a contract, a birthday, a wedding anniversary, a stag do or a hen party. You could meet a celebrity, or simply somebody interesting. On our large sharing tables, you never know who is sitting next to you!


At Dans le Noir ? we pay particular attention to our ecological impact and more generally to matters related to social and environmental responsibility. We take particular care with the traceability of meat and fish, and use a large proportion of organic fruits and vegetables. Fred Dickieson gastronomic and creative cuisine is based on the selection of high quality ingredients. All our menus are tested and improved through tastings by sensory experts in pitch darkness.


Blind wine tasting in pitch darkness accompanied by our sommelier Fabio Sutera: rediscover wine through an original and multi-sensory approach combining taste and smell.
On request, the team can also organise tastings of delicatessen products. An excellent suggestion for a Wine Club, a stag do or a hen party.


Plan memorable, effective and striking Team Building events for your team. By going off the beaten track, participants will be forced to step outside their comfort zone and cooperate to find solutions. A convivial experience that breaks with conventions and hierarchies as you dive into darkness and discover others... without preconceptions.


By prior reservation only, Dans le Noir ? offers Kids Tasting sessions, to awaken the senses of children between 6 and 12 at an emotional session with a difference. This unusual activity will arouse their curiosity. Organise your group (8 to 20 children) and contact our team. An excellent idea for a birthday celebration, for example.


From early 2021 discover our new Sensory Escape Game. A unique sensory and human experience. Contact us to be the first to know !



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Friday 14 August 2020

Dans le Noir ? London, awarded Travelers' Choice 2020 from Tripadvisor

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Best restaurant in London : Dans le Noir ? London wins Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award 2020

Traveler's Choice 2020🏆| All the team in London is excited to have won a 2020 Travelers' Choice Award based on a full year of Trip Advisor Reviews. Award winners are known for consistently receiving great traveler feedback, having them on the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the world https🌍

“Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners’ achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers as the world begins to venture out again.” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor.

 Thank you to all our customers for their amazing daily review. Read more on our Tripadvisor page.

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Monday 03 August 2020

Eat out to Help out - Dans le Noir ? London

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From 3 to 31 August, our restaurant will be participating in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, helping the UK hospitality industry get back on its feet 💪

Dine with us on Wednesdays in August and you will get £10 off your meal!This offer excludes alcoholic beverages.

Find out more about the scheme here👉 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-discount-with-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme


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Thursday 26 March 2020

Best gift idea during quarantine in London

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by chanael

How to spoil yourself, friends and family from home and support a human and sensory experience in London?

Dear food amateurs and fans of conviviality,

If you haven't already visit “Dans le Noir ?”, you may have seen it in “About Time” the famous film by Richard Curtis. For 15 years, we offer in the lovely area of Clerkenwell, a very unique human and food experience, the dining in the dark experience with unexpected guides.

It’s a challenging time for everyone. Our number one priority is our clients and team members safety and wellbeing, that is why our London restaurant is now closed until further notice, as well as other Dans le Noir? Restaurants across the world. 

Thanks to the help of government scheme, we'll keep our crew on board as we plan to re-open with a strict health & safety policy as soon as it will be allowed by the government. So please, stay in touch, visit our website and Facebook Page

We are also thinking of all our colleagues in the industry everywhere who are in the same situation. We need to support each other as best as we can. If you wish to support us, purchasing gift vouchers is the best way to help!

Why buying a gift voucher at Dans Le Noir? London is a great idea? 

  • #staysafe: It’s a good way to still spoil your friends, family and colleagues from home 
  • #quickandeasy: We have a large range of online editable and 12 months validity e-vouchers. Vouchers bought in March or April will have availability extended to December 2021.
  • #offersomethingunique: “Dans le Noir? London” voucher is a ticket to an amazing dining and unique human experience 
  • #thinkpositive: Offering this voucher to someone you love is also something positive to look forward to when the situation gets back to normal.
  • #solidarity: You make the difference supporting a local business in this challenging time

Visit our online shop: https://london.danslenoir.com/shop 

More reasons to purchase a voucher at “Dans le Noir? London”: 

  • Did you know that more than 1.6 million people over the world (nearly half a million in London) have already enjoyed this unique experience? 
  • Did you know "Dans le Noir ?" is also a social enterprise with 40% of staff having a difference (mainly blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard hearing staff)?
  • Did you know also that Dans le Noir? London won the Best Restaurant Awards in 2019 and recently won an award at the ITV Food & Drinks Awards for the most unusual place in the UK?

We can’t wait to welcome you soon at our restaurant on Clenkenwell Green to make you live happy moments, enjoying the famous and delicious surprise menus of our Head Chef Fred Dickieson and sharing the experience with our amazing guides.

Let me personnally thank you for your interest in Dans le Noir ?, and please take care of yourselves. 

Edouard De Broglie

Director and Founder of Dans le Noir ?


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Wednesday 04 March 2020

5 Questions to Fred Dickieson, Head Chef at The Taste of Silence restaurant and Dans…

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Be a chef in London: what is your background working in a restaurant?

My background started on a pig farm next to the Atlantic Ocean in a tiny island off the coast of Canada. I moved to London at the age of 19 and dove straight into a restaurant that served British food from oysters to beef and kidney puddings. My experience has included spellbinding events with Lorna Wing in the Naughties, along with events coordinator at ICA- thru to owning my own gastropub restaurant, working with Tom Conran and a seminal 2 years with Fergus Henderson at the inception of St. John. I am the meatballs at Leon and after 3 years working with the still spellbindingly humble and earnest Neal’s Yard Dairy, I had the supreme honor of being the Late and unmatched in innovations of artisan cheesemaking- Mary Holbrook’s cheesemaker. I eat, sleep and breathe food, making it, producing it, cooking and eating it- quite often mid meal thinking of my next!

Be a chef in London: how do you design a menu for a restaurant?

Designing a menu is a totally collaborative process. I learned a lot about this from creating bespoke events with VIP clients with both Lorna Wing and at the ICA. You need to listen and understand the event, space, person and allow all of the possibilities in- whilst clearing out what the client doesn’t want! It can be done alone, but having an epic kitchen brigade and an hospitable service team-who always have elegant take on firsthand knowledge and feedback.

Be a chef in London: what is your favorite dish?

Anything at St John, London or ANYTHING at any time at Chez Denis, Paris. my Mom’s western omelette, or my grandmother’s clam chowder- octopus from the giant bbq at Nonna Rosa, Mola di Bari.

Be a chef in London: what is your most unforgettable memory about food?

So many, the first steak with my Dad and his pals at the age of 8, key lime pie made by my auntie Joycecool. Or even my first meal with my partner of 24 years.

Be a chef in London: What “The Taste of Silence” represents to you

As a chef, I feel we have a splendid wide multipurpose space with we can do practically anything. The comptoir is being widely accepted. The tapas bar will be fun for interaction and the “a la carte” offers a supreme selection for the vegan diner.

It needs to be fun, and normal except for the creative potential of exploring different means of communicating as a chef at DLN- we have already added super touches and tweaks to the existing menu, a perfumed a table cocktail, a little zip here, a crunch there, all to stretch and expand the limits of the team of the whole theatrical experience.

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Wednesday 04 April 2018

Dans le Noir ? the social media detox experience in London

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A unique social experience in our London restaurant

If the first thing you do every morning is to take your phone and watch your Insta feed before feeding yourself, If the last thing you do every night before kissing your partner and saying “Good night” is to use your device and check the latest news on Facebook. Well, this article might give you a solution to have a social media detox for an evening.

At Dans le Noir ?, the unique dining in the dark restaurant in London, we collect everything that may glow in the dark prior your experience. Cellphone, watches, no source of light is tolerated. It is one of the most impacting principle of the night: you will reconnect with your friends, colleagues or partner and even meet with some new friends at your table while never be disturbed by a text message or a notification on your phone. It’s one of the great power of the dark room, so enjoy!

No judgement, just social exchange in our London restaurant

For once, no one will look at you or judge you. We are all convinced that using social media platform gives us credit and gratitude. In the dark room, you reconnect with yourself and your senses. The French Prime Minister in 2004 has experienced the dining in the dark restaurant in Paris and during his introspection he didn’t say a word. Everyone was very worried but at the end, he told the founder of the concept, Edouard de Broglie: “Tonight, I was with myself and it felt good.”. And that’s a major reason for the VIP to come at the restaurant because no one will recognise them and ask them a selfie!

What is essential is invisible to the eye, so live now this social experience in our london restaurant

Entering the dark room is a powerful experience, you are guided by one of our blind or vision impaired staff and that person becomes your eyes for the evening. You will transfer your trust and be helped by someone with a disability.  Forget your feed or your last Facebook post, we’re talking about REAL human encounter.

But more than a human exchange, you will have to guess what is on your plates and trust us in pitch darkness your taste buds can be confused. No cellphones mean no endless food photography’s session, just the pleasure of enjoying the moment for its true flavor. Our plates are designed by our Chef to awaken your senses (you can even use your finger to eat, no one will blame you for that!). Is it soft as a pork fillet or tasty as a braised lamb? In the dark room, you are losing your preconceived ideas brought by vision.

Are you ready to reconnect with yourself and be guided by your other senses ?





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Offer an unusual gift, lunch or dinner at the Dans le Noir ? restaurant in London! To buy a gift voucher, visit our online shop. All you have to do is choose the option!

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