40,000 sign up for London's first naked restaurant
'The idea is to experience true liberation,' says restaurant founder
If you've ever thought "this meal would taste better naked," then London's newest pop-up restaurant will certainly interest you. But sign up fast, as there are already over 40,000 people on the waiting list.
Bunyadi – opening Saturday at a 'secret' location in south London for the better part of three months, calls itself "London's first naked food experience," and operates a clothing-optional policy. For obvious reasons, diners are banned from bringing in mobile phones or cameras, and are promised discreet candle lighting instead of electric lights. The restaurant will host 46 diners at a time.
"We believe people should get the chance to enjoy and experience a night out without any impurities: no chemicals, no artificial colors, no electricity, no gas, no phone and even no clothes if they wish to. The idea is to experience true liberation," said founder Seb Lyall, on the restaurant's website.
Although the restaurant will keep a non-naked section, gowns and lockers will be provided with a 'path to purity' that leads to the naked section, where patrons can remove their gowns.
The different sections will be divided by bamboo partitions.
"We have worked very hard to design a space where everything patrons interact with is bare and naked," said Lyall.
Waiters will also be in the nude apart from having some body parts covered, according to Time Out magazine.
Tasting menu options range from vegan to non-vegan and start at £69 (US$100), including wine - which may perhaps give some diners the extra courage to remove that robe.