Extreme Foodie meets Naturist Tourism
In France, Naturism is believed to generate €400 million in tourist spend. With whole villages given over to the lifestyle and a sympathetic climate in much of the country, it is easy to see how. But if the reaction to a rather different restaurant in London, giving a whole new meaning to the phrase Pop-up Restaurant, last year is anything to go by, many of those naked euros headed to London instead.
Ever since that famous picnic in the Garden of Eden, we’ve been dressing for dinner. But The Bunyadi (the word is Hindi for “natural” or “base,”), changed all that!
In a world where people feel naked without their mobile phone, The Bunyadi stripped the art of eating right back to basics. The ethos behind The Bunyadi was ultimate freedom and liberation from any impurity.
Having walked “the path to purity”, past the changing rooms where they de-cluttered their bodies, diners sat on wood-hewn furniture used edible cutlery and ate natural foods from handmade clay plates, becuase it is not only the food here that was free of dressing, so were the diners.
Of course, the clothes free bit is optional and guests will be given the option of eating in one of two areas in the restaurant: clothed or otherwise, but such was the reponse to the idea of eating naked that the waiting list in London reached well over 40,000.
2016 does seem as though it was the year of living nakedly for an increasing number of Brits. The French Tourist board targeted us on holiday in a special campaign and the number of naked events around the UK is growing all the time: with festivals and sporting competitions joining events like the Naked Bike Ride and Naked Gardening Day (6th May).
In London alone the tourist can enjoy an increasing number of activities on a clothes-free short break. In addition to traditional areas such as Hampstead Heath Ponds there is a variety of clothes-free activities available including yoga, the gym and even the zoo!
The Bunyadi idea has since spread round the world with naked restaurants appearing in Paris, Tokyo and Melbourne. You may not need a tie, or a shirt, or trousers come to that, but you will need a reservation!
So look out for a naked dinning experience near you – wherever you are!!