No shirt, no shoes, no nothing

Imagine you are visiting London and you decide to try a pint of the local brew but you want to take your shoes off, and your shirt and in fact you want to take all your clothes off! No problem. Just make your way to the Coach and Horses on Greek Street in London and you can bare it all in London’s first nudist pub.

Now I don’t know about you but I am a bit puzzled by this move. Why? I can understand wanting to “go natural” on a beach or in the mountains but in a pub? It just doesn’t seem right somehow.

Nudism has been around for ages and there are many clubs and resorts that support this – even close to home here in Calgary. It’s a life choice and I get that but I am still wondering about the need to sit inside a traditional English pub in the nude.

Now wiki tells me I should call it Naturism and not Nudism but whichever way you look at it (?) the clothing optional movement is growing. Some North Americans are taken by surprise for example on the beaches of Southern France as going topless is quite common and along the promenade of Barcelona’s famous beach it is quite common to see people stripping off completely to use the beach showers.

Many resorts have sprung up in the Caribbean that are well known for its clothing optional beaches and somewhat risque culture – each to his own I say.

Temptation Resort Cancun

It seems however there is a very good reason way the pub got its special licence. The pub which is located in a hippy style neighbourhood was in danger of being bought up by one of the large licensing houses so a petition was started and now they have their licence and can go bare naked whenever they like. But it won’t be everyday and only by special arrangement so if you are in the area on a regular day you can pop in for a pint without having to strip off! Plus you can take home a souvenir for a good cause. The landlord is supporting St Mungo’s a charity for homeless people by selling a calendar featuring his regulars in the buff! He calls it the Beauty and Beasts of Soho calendar! Even the piano man gets a look in.

I need some help with the caption here …. any suggestions?

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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