Found this little gem on YouTube and thought we’d share it. Whilst it shouldn’t be taken too literally (try walking the length of London’s Oxford Street naked and see where it gets you!) it’s a bit of fun and is at least partly factual. With apologies for the irritating fig-leaves, please enjoy.
London’s first nude “pop-up” restaurant opened its doors to the public on Saturday (June 11th)
The Bunyadi, as it’s called, was first announced back in April, since when 46,000 people have applied for tickets, which cost £69 each. But The Bunyadi, open in a secret location for three months, only fits 42 people at a time.
The idea is that everything is naked – from the diners to the decor to the food, which is made with raw ingredients and cooked naturally. There’s no electricity and no phones.
“The idea is to experience true liberation,” Seb Lyall, the founder of pop-up company Lollipop which is behind the event, said in a press release. “People should get the chance to enjoy and experience a night out without any impurities.”
Whilst nude dining and naked restaurants and bars are by no means a new idea, The Bunyadi seems to have captured the public imagination in a unique way. Although I’m not a fan of posh dining au naturel myself, in the prevailing climate of new prudery it’s great to see a new nude venue opening up. I wish them every success.
Chloe Pantazi was there on the opening night. Read her report here
Now what do you do? Whatever you decide, it has to be appropriate and legal, which usually rules out just stripping off in the middle of your street!
So here are a couple of suggestions.
If you’re sure that you’ll like the nudist life, and you’re prepared to make the commitment without a second thought, you can join a nudist club or book your first nudist vacation and jump straight into the nudist lifestyle.
But what if you’re a little more hesitant? After all, who can blame you? Going nudist for the first time is a big step for a lot of people.
Maybe you just want to dip your toe in the water, without making too much of a commitment at first, so that should you decide that you don’t like it you can back out, immediately if you feel like it, without losing anything.
Does that sound like you? In that case you have two options.
1. To try a free open day at a nudist site.
2. To try a free nude beach.
Of the two options, number one is preferable for the following reasons.
Firstly, you will be in a controlled environment, where club rules ensure that standards of hygeine and behaviour are observed. The area will be well-screened for privacy and there will be at least basic amenities. Importantly, you will find that because the members will be keen to attract new members they will be friendly, open and welcoming.
The problem is that nudist club open days are not common, and if one occurs it might be hundreds of miles away. Also, it will be arranged for a particular day and date, which, even if you can make it may be cold and rainy and not really “nudist friendly.” Nevertheless they do occur from time to time. Try a regular internet sweep for “naturist club open day” or something similar and see what comes up. Don’t hold your breath though!
Try a nudist beach
A more realistic option would be to try a free nudist beach, or lake, or swimming hole.
If you go for a nudist beach, the first and best bit of advice I can offer is to make sure that it’s an “official”, (i.e sanctioned by the authorities) nude beach. Or perhaps just a section of the beach, because whilst some beaches are all nude, other, larger beaches may only allow nudity in certain well-marked designated areas. Unless you know what you’re doing, using anything other than an official nude beach can result in some embarrassing attention from the law!
Some of the pro’s of using a free nudist beach are:
·1 There will usually be at least one on the nearest coast to you.
·2 They are free.
·3 You can visit whenever you want for as long as you like, and then leave whenever you wish.
Some of the “cons” are:
·4 They are largely unregulated. You may come across bad, offensive or inappropriate behaviour.
·5 They are rarely screened off and are accessible to the general public. You may suffer from gawkers, voyeurs, outraged non-nudists (even on official beaches) and similar menaces. Also watch out for the hidden camera sneak who films in secret then plasters his seedy little videos all over the internet. (Tip. To frustrate this shabby individual, place a large beach-bag at your feet when lying down. It prevents him from getting his favourite shot.)
·6 It may be difficult to make friends with other beach users. (Tip: If this is a worry for you and you are looking for nudist friends try RealnudistFriends.com . Even if you don’t want to sign up for free you can leave a message on one of the free forums.)
·7 Many of them are difficult to access and have no amenities whatsoever.
It may seem that the cons outweigh the pros, and nude beaches are places best avoided, but I’ve pointed out the potential problems for completeness only. You’ll rarely encounter all of the cons on a beach visit, and most often it will be trouble free. Just do your homework at places like www. nudistbeaches.info, peruse the beach reports and user reviews, then make your choice.
It’s the easiest, trouble-free and cheapest way of taking your first nudist steps.
Enjoy them. I guarantee they won’t be your last!
CNN might not be best known as avid supporters of the nudist lifestyle, but they’ve come up with a list of 22 of what they consider to be the best places to skinny dip worldwide. The post also contains a slideshow of of the dazzling locations mentioned.
Be warned! You might not need swimsuits, but you’re going to need deep pockets to take advantage of some of the places on offer!
The locations really are worldwide, and include Japan, China, Croatia, the USA, France and loads more. Dear old UK only gets one mention, ( Lady Falls, near Brecon in Wales) but I can vouch for this one as it’s not a million miles from my home and I’ve used it several times. Unlike some of the others it’s free to use, but you’ll need to prepare yourself for the breathtaking coldness of the water when you take the plunge!
If you’ve used any of the places mentioned, why not comment on your impressions?
And now some good news!
The UK organisation The National Trust, owners of Studland Beach near Bournmouth, Hampshire, have agreed to the extension of the nudist section of the beach.
This follows a comprehensive clampdown on the “unsuitable” behaviour which had previously threatened the beach’s future.
Congratulations to the teams of genuine nudist volunteer wardens who patrol the nudist area to keep it clear of the filth which contaminates so many of our nudist areas, threatening their existence and turning public opinion against real nudism.
Now, just another 1000 beaches to clean up . . .!
Full story here