If you've ever wanted to let your bangers and mash hang free while drinking a pint, boy, do I have some great news for you. Norman's Coach & Horses Pub made news when they became the first vegan-friendly pub in the Soho district of London. Now, they are going au naturel as the first nudist bar in the city.
The London pub first opened in 1847 and in the 1940s, became popular with journalists and the staff of Private Eye Magazine. While there the writers took to reporting about the pub's landlord, Norman Balon, who became known as "London's rudest landlord". In 1989 Alastair Choat, Greg Stewart, and Melanie Krudy became landlords of the pub and turned it into the place it is today.
"There is this-in times of real need and despair and trying to defend something of value-great British tradition of stripping off," Choat told CNN Travel. He is devoted to keeping his pub independent rather than franchised.
The Coach & Horses is currently fundraising to fight off a takeover by Fuller's, a London Brewery that has owned the pub since 2011. It doesn't plan on renewing Choat's lease, so Choat thought of producing a naked calendar to help raise funds to fight.
Once the nude charity calendar was launched, lots of people from across England began calling the pub asking if nudists were welcome. So Landlord Alastair Choat applied and received a nudist license.
However, don't go waltzing in with your full English breakfast on display. The West London pub will be hosting pop-up nude nights to keep everything consensual and pre-arranged. "We are going to be planning, in June, a nude night," he says. "[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."
Keep an eye out for the date and perhaps make a wax appointment before visiting this London nudist bar.
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