Monday, 4 August 2014
It's not just Germany either, there are many places around Europe, and indeed within the UK, where outdoor naturism is sanctioned. Sadly, none of those places can be reached with an Oyster card.
We have posted the BN survey which suggests there are around 500,000 naturists living in London. So where do we go when the sun comes out? The only officially recognised naturist sunbathing spot in the whole of Greater London is the tiny, concrete floored, cattle-pen at the men's pond in Hampstead. If you prefer to lay your towel on grass, or if you belong to the other half of the human race, this is not even an option.
We like to think of London as a beacon of diversity and tolerance, so why is the capital so singularly lacking in facilities for naturism? We would like to have a dedicated sunbathing area, somewhere central, like Hyde Park, which would be open to everyone.
Who would pay for the tall screening fences, I hear you ask? The German's don't need fences, so why would we? Are we so different to our continental neighbours? The beauty of the park proposal is that it would cost nothing to build. Absolutely nothing. It just requires a bit of tolerance.
The British Naturism handy guide to Public Place Naturism has the following to say:
There is no general prohibition of nudity and Naturism is not a criminal
offence, per se. Nudity is legal in a much wider set of circumstances than is
sometimes assumed and “a balance needs to be struck between the
Naturist's right to freedom of expression and the right of the wider public to be
protected from harassment, alarm and distress” (Crown Prosecution Service
(‘CPS’) Guidance on nudity in public).
Every case of nudity is considered on its facts. According to CPS Guidance,
unless there is a sexual context or intent to cause alarm or distress then “it will
normally be appropriate to take no action unless members of the public were
actually caused harassment, alarm or distress”. Even in these circumstances
“regard still needs to be had to the question of whether prosecution is in the
See the full text at:
Sunday, 20 July 2014
"I've learned a lot from stripping in this city. I now know that nudity's a great ice-breaker, and that naturists are an incredibly friendly bunch."
May, Gareth & Perugia, Jonathan. Nude Awakening. Time Out London, 17th June 2014, pp.37-38.
Friday, 11 July 2014
Sunday, 6 July 2014
This Youtube video from Little Red Hen is a spoof report of the opening of a naturist pop-up café. It mocks naturism in that all-too-familiar way. Ha ha, a naturist. The joke is on us.
So here's the really funny thing. I felt that I should be offended, but actually I laughed along, and then I thought, what a brilliant idea! A naturist café is exactly what this city needs. And we know that there would be no lack of customers. We believe that there are 500,000 self-defined naturists in the capital alone, equivalent to a city the size of Manchester. Imagine there wasn't a single place to get a cup of tea in Manchester, and then someone opened up a café. It might just be successful.
One final word to the script writer. If you do ever find yourself in a naturist pop-up café, and think you might be in danger of spilling hot tea on your lap, order the ice cold frappaccino, or something with a straw.
Thursday, 3 July 2014
Because we live in the largest city in Europe with a population of 8.3M people, yet there are very few facilities for naturists. A British Naturism survey in 2011 found that 6% of UK respondents would define themselves as "naturist". That means there could be 500,000 naturists within London. The same survey found that 22% had swum naked at some point, which equates to £1.8M skinny dipping Londoners.