The fellatio cafe: London novelty restaurants ranked from offensive to ridiculous
With the prospect of a fellatio cafe, London gimmicks have gone far too far. From the ridiculous to the offensive, we decry the city's worst novelty restaurants
But what about when, in the quest for novelty, London restaurants go too far? Sometimes it's silly publicity stunt pop-ups with some form of furry creature shipped in to ensure optimum instagram coverage of an otherwise unremarkable launch. Sometimes tacky becomes bad taste. Soon it could be downright offensive. In December 2016 Geneva welcomed the world's first Fellatio cafe — and we have been warned that London is next.
As we debate the morals, the Culture Whisper team round up the outrageous novelty restaurants London has to offer — ranked from shocking to silly.
The Coffee and Fellatio Cafe
The prospect of a Coffee and Fellatio cafe in Paddington is enough to make many gag (sorry… ). The first BJ cafe is open in Geneva. Soon a sister cafe will come to London, owner Bradley Charvet told The Independent.
We're not even sure if serving cappuccinos, croissants and a side of oral sex for a base price of £50 is legal (though sex work is not technically banned, running a brothel is against UK law ). Either way the Coffee and Fellatio cafe is an extreme, potentially degrading addition to London's culinary scene.
Cereal Killer Cafe
£3+ for a bowl of cereal in one of the city's most deprived areas… how, um, edgy. Cafes in first Chalk Farm then Brick Lane invite you to dine like a child in the 1980s amidst kitsch memorabilia. Pushing nostalgia and normcore to its limit, with a splash of nut milk, the menu includes lurid imports such as 'applezings' and more banal selection of bran flakes and weetabix.
While one angry contingent took to the streets and targeted the East London cafe in an anti-gentrification protest, most Londoners just rolled their eyes and dismissed the Cereal Killer Cafe as a hipster fad. Tourists and teenagers are still showing up in their droves to snap, crackle and pop.
The Naked Restaurant
Now sex acts may soon be on the menu we miss that innocent time when eating in the nude was shocking. But, just a few months ago when Bunyadi restaurant took the trend for stripped back cuisine to its literal extreme, London was titillated. Tens of thousands signed up to go out and eat completely naked. Crowds dutifully undressed, stashed their smalls in a locker and tucked into a menu made up of mostly vegan, organic and raw food.
For a faddy concept, it really wasn't too unappetising. But before it could lead the nudist revolution, Bunyadi upped sticks for a worldwide tour.
The Cat Cafe — and other animal-themed eateries
There are two breeds of human: those who will happily pay £13 for the pleasure of sharing lunch with a pet and those who'd rather eat the pet. If you're the cooing kind, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium offers delightfully twee tea served in the company of rescue cats. There's no need to worry about fur on your food and the resident kitties are treated like royalty. The issue, as even the most committed of cat-ladies will concede, is that felines are not renowned for overly sociable, crowd-pleasing antics.
They pretty much snooze in a corner all day. As for the flurry of copycat creature cafes (micro pig pop-up, owl bar, bunny spa), actual animal welfare can feel like an afterthought in the quest for kooky, cute ideas.