A pop up restaurant in London is making waves nearly two months before its grand opening, thanks to its controversial ‘clothing optional’ policy. The Bunyadi, which all set to open in June for three months, will have two separate ‘clothed’ and ‘unclothed’ sections for patrons to choose from.
“The idea is to experience true liberation,” said Seb Lyall, founder of Lollipop, the company behind the venture. “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. We have worked very hard to design a space where everything patrons interact with is bare and naked.” And of course, the staff will be in the nude as well, with certain body parts strategically covered up.
The unconventional dining concept has proved so popular that over 15,000 people have already signed up to be on the waiting list through the restaurant’s website.
The restaurant will embrace all things ‘natural’, with the menu featuring dishes made only with natural, home-grown ingredients and cooking methods. Food will be served on handmade clay platters, along with edible cutlery. Even the decor will follow a natural theme, with earthy, wooden furniture, bamboo and wicker partitions, and natural lighting. “The use of natural bamboo partitions and candlelight has enabled us to make the restaurant discreet, whilst adhering to the ethos behind it,” Lyall explained. “No doubt, this has been the most challenging project for us yet, which makes us very excited about it.”
The entry tickets, expected to cost between £55 and £65 per person, will include food and drinks from a tasting menu. Diners will also have access to changing rooms and lockers where they can keep their clothes and other belongings. Gowns will be provided for those who wish to remain clothed. Cameras, of course, aren’t allowed inside the restaurant.
If you’re interested in this unique dining experience, you can sign up on The Bunyadi website for free to get notified when tickets go on sale.