London nudists, the wait is officially over. The U.K.’s capital city will welcome its first naked dining experience this summer – a three month pop-up restaurant called the Bunyadi set to open in June.
The Bunyadi is a project of the Lollipop company, a pop-up group that caters events throughout London. ABQ, a cocktail bar inspired by the cult U.S. television show “Breaking Bad,” opened in July 2015 to rave reviews on social media. The cocktail bar inside an RV saw 45,000 people sign up for tickets in London last summer and is expected to move to Paris for the coming season.
Lollipop’s latest project looks to be “pure” in every way, with clothing optional, wood-grilled food served from clayware and even edible utensils. The menu remains mostly a mystery, and there will be vegan and non-vegan options provided, according to a press release on the restaurant’s website.
“Lollipop wants to take diners to a beginning where everything was fresh, free and unadulterated from the trappings of modern life,” read an excerpt from their press release, adding, “The Bunyadi plans to use only the most natural, home-grown ingredients to envelope its patrons in a Pangea-like world, free from phones, electric lights and even clothing (not compulsory)!”
Naked dining: London to get 'clothing-optional' restaurant https://t.co/qXj2naCkML Maybe not the place for a 1st meeting with the in-laws...
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The restaurant will provide lockers and gowns for people to change as well as both a naked and non-naked section for diners. No photographs will be allowed. With demand high for this new dining experience, over 11,000 people were on the waiting list for tickets at the time of publication.
"We have worked very hard to design a space where everything patrons interact with is bare and naked. The use of natural bamboo partitions and candlelight has enabled to us to make the restaurant discreet, whilst adhering to the ethos behind it,” Seb Lyall, Lollipop's founder, told International Business Times in London.