London, England-based vegan and vegetarian pub Coach and Horses recently staged a naked sing-along to protest its closing after owner Fuller’s Brewery made the decision to not renew the pub’s lease. Fuller’s declined to extend the pub’s lease despite opposition from current landlord Alastair Choat, who received more than 15,000 signatures on a petition to keep control of the pub. Led by pianist Luke Meredith, the crowd sang to “Bare Necessities” and “I Did It My Way,” among other well-known songs. The naked event was a twist on the pub’s regular sing-alongs, which happen on Wednesdays and Saturdays. “We started it with a naked calendar, which is a great British tradition,” Choat said. “When you’re in times of real need or trouble you all strip off. The important thing about The Coach is it is actually just a local community boozer and we’re desperate to keep it that way.” The pub—which was established in 1847 and claims to be London’s first vegetarian and vegan pub—offers vegan dishes such as tofu fish and chips, Hungarian goulash pie, chili, five-bean burgers, and Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Fuller’s will take over the establishment on June 23.
London’s Oldest Veg Pub Protests Closing With Naked Sing-Along