A new restaurant opening this weekend in Central London allows its customers to dine completely nude and free from the trappings of modern life. The Bunyadi, whose name means ‘natural’, is the UK’s first nudist restaurant to offer patrons an entirely “natural” dining experience, operating without electricity and gas, serving food on handmade clay plates with edible cutlery, and prohibiting guests use of their mobile phones while dining.
With seating for just 42 patrons, The Bunyadi opens its doors to the public on Saturday, June 11, and has already attracted over 40,000 people to its waiting list since the restaurant began accepting reservations back in April. Unfortunately, unless you have a reservation, there is a good likelihood you will not be able to try The Bunyadi dining experience, given the restaurant will be open for just three months.
According to Daily Mail, this pop-up restaurant is the newest project of Lollipop, the creators behind ABQ, a Breaking Bad-inspired cocktail bar in London’s trendy Shoreditch neighborhood. Lollipop’s founder Seb Lyall says the concept behind Bunyadi is for customers “to experience true liberation” while they socialize and dine. “We believe people should get the chance to enjoy and experience a night out without any impurities: no chemicals, no artificial colours, no electricity, no gas, no phone and even no clothes if they wish to,” Lyall said.
Walk into The Bunyadi and it immediately becomes evident that the idea of purity is promoted throughout—from the menu to the décor. When guests arrive, they are taken to a private changing room where they are provided with white robes and slippers to either wear while dining or disrobe once they are seated at their table.
The restaurant is divided into two sections by bamboo screens: a ‘non-naked’ half, where diners can keep their clothes on, and a ‘naked and pure’ section, where customers can dine fully in the nude.
Diners can choose from a vegan or non-vegan five-course tasting menu. All the food is made with natural ingredients using simple cooking methods, such as flame-grilled over wood.
Illuminated entirely by candlelight, the interior was designed to be “void of the industrialised-world’s modern trappings,” and is decorated with wooden furniture and tree-like tables and chairs.
“We have worked very hard to design a space where everything patrons interact with is bare and naked,” Lyall explained.
Tickets to dine at The Bunyadi are £69 each, or $100 USD.