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London is getting a naked restaurant, and everyone is keen as mustard to get their kits off

Techly logo Techly 22/04/2016

Each country has their own unique dining quirks – Indian people eat curry with their fingers, Koreans always accept dishes with both hands, and the English, as of now, get their kit off before chowing down.

At least, this is what The Bunyadi are trying to promote.

This June, the pop-up restaurant is launching in London, and its aim is to take dining back to its roots (interestingly, no rooting allowed, though – for hygiene reasons).

'Fury at the feast': a scene from Virgil's Aeneid. © Getty Images 'Fury at the feast': a scene from Virgil's Aeneid. The Bunyadi, run by the same crew that set up a Breaking Bad themed bar last year, aims to “envelope its patrons in a Pangea-like world, free from phones, electric lights and even clothing!” According to the restaurant, you’ll experience “true liberation”, and while that’s a pretty lofty ambition for eating food in the nude, they’re certainly giving it a red-hot crack.

“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.

The idea is to experience true liberation,” said Seb Lyall, the founder of Lollipop, the company behind the restaurant.

While the promise of “no chemicals or gas” seems like a pretty bold one given their elemental significance to quite literally everything, The Bunyadi seems hell bent on giving you the most primal dining experience possible.

The restaurant’s set out into two sections, ‘naked and pure’ and ‘non-naked’ so if you don’t want strangers’ dongs and boobs in you face while you eat, you can dine with other clothed patrons.

“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,” said Lyall.

If you do go in your birthday suit, thankfully (or not?) you don’t have to arrive naked – you just pop into the change rooms before you sit down.

The staff will also be “naked with only some covering” – fingers crossed this doesn’t apply to the chefs. Londoners are already frothing over it. At the time of writing, the wait-list to get in was over 9000 people long and climbing every minute.

Some hot tips before you go

1. If you’re a guy, check the weather and try to avoid going on a chilly day.

2. Don’t order soup or fondue.

3. Don’t take a first date here. …Or do, I’m not quite sure.

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