Navigate Tower Hamlets in ‘complete darkness’ as part of National Guide Dogs Week

Navigating busy streets in complete darkness is a feat most take for granted when they see a blind of partially sighted person out and about.

A taster of what it’s like to traverse London’s bustling metropole without sight is being offered to members of the public as part of national Guide Dogs Week in a bid to raise awareness of the services it offers to the visually-impaired.

People are being challenged to try and find their way around a mocked up London street set up in a pop-up shop at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, this Friday from 11.30am to 7pm, Saturday from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Rob Harris, engagement manager for Guide Dogs in London said: “This is a huge opportunity for people to take part in an experience that will heighten their senses and allow them to experience walking through London in complete darkness.”

He added that he wanted people to realise the association was “not just about dogs”.

Those wanting an extra challenge can choose to be guided blindfold through the real streets of Brick Lane in a bid to try and order a coffee.

National Guide Dogs Week runs until October 13. Visit for more information.