- A historic London pub has become the city’s first to be granted a nudist licence.
- This means you can drink while fully naked.
- Nudity will have to be pre-arranged and consensual, though, and occur on specific occasions.
- The Coach & Horses in Soho, which opened in 1847, hopes the nude events will help it remain independent as chain drinking establishments continue to take over London.
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One of London’s most famous pubs has become the first in the city to be granted a nudist licence.
This means that, yes, you can enjoy a pint of beer or glass of wine fully naked.
The Coach & Horses in Soho has become a London institution since it opened in 1847, and in recent years it has been increasingly innovating in order to keep people coming in.
Considered a local legend, it was also London’s first vegetarian pub.
However, the pub’s landlord, Alistair Choat, is fighting to remain independent as chain drinking establishments spread across the city.
Choat took over the reins of the pub in 2006 on the condition that he preserve its character, but now the traditional boozer is offering something entirely unique by inviting nudists.
The licence means both punters and staff members can bare all as they drink.
You can’t just turn up naked, though – any nudity will have to be pre-arranged and consensual, and occur on specific occasions.
“We are going to be planning, in June, a nude night,” Choat told CNN Travel.
“[We] haven’t got the exact date yet, but that’s what’s going be happening – so that all these people phoning up wanting to get naked and have a pint in the center of Soho will be able to do so.”
The pub has also launched a nude charity calendar, The Beauty and the Beasts of Soho, which costs £20 ($US25) and features some of the pub’s regulars completely naked in an effort to raise money for homelessness charity St Mungo’s.
“We were the first vegetarian pub in London and now we’re the first pub with a nudist licence,” Choat said in a statement. “Making the calendar has been great fun and all proceeds after cost will go towards our local charity, St Mungo’s.
He continued: “We had to turn lots of people down due to the limitations of a calendar. However, it was a tough call so the calendar actually runs for 16 months not 12.”
The pub isn’t London’s first nude spot – in 2016, a naked restaurant opened which was so popular there were 46,000 people on the waiting list.
Nude establishments in other cities have been less successful, however – in January 2019 it was announced that Paris’ first naked restaurant would be closing due to lack of interest.