Lonely Planet Writer

10,000 people on the waiting list to try London’s new naked restaurant

London’s latest restaurant craze will have you checking in more than just your coat. More than 10,000 people are on the waiting list to experience a new naked restaurant that will be open for just three months this summer.

The Bunyadi will allow you get back to your Adam and Eve roots.
The Bunyadi will allow you get back to your Adam and Eve roots.

Their website promises “a secret Pangea-like world, free from phones, electric lights and even clothing” helping you experience “liberation… free and unadulterated from the trappings of modern life.”

The word ‘Bunyadi’ means fundamental or natural in Hindi and the creators have brought the natural theme throughout the whole restaurant. The space will be filled with bamboo partitions and candlelight and you can relax on the wooden furniture. Concerned potential diners did raise the issue of splinters on social media, but don’t worry, you are provided with gowns (which you are expected to fold and put on the stools).

Gowns will prevent you from getting splinters on these wooden stools.
Gowns will prevent you from getting splinters on these wooden stools. Image by The Bunyadi

The menu will be both vegan and non-vegan and before you ask, yes it will be hot so proceed with caution. Only handmade clay crockery will stand between your food and your skin and the cutlery will also be edible so better ensure it’s sturdy enough to avoid any unfortunate spills.  For those of you who prefer to dine with your clothes on, there’s also a non-naked section of the restaurant, but you won’t be allowed to peek of course, so choose wisely. Naked diners will also be unable to record the experience on Instagram, as no photography is allowed, so be prepared to forfeit your bragging rights.

London’s naked restaurant opens in June for three months. With a capacity of just 42 and a waiting list already topping 10,000, nude dining enthusiasts need to be quick off the mark to get an opportunity to flaunt their stuff. Alternatively, Manhattan has been home to monthly ‘clothing optional’ restaurant nights for several years.