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 license 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] 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 ($25) 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.
Rachel Hosie May 28, 2019, 11:26 AM