Dutch Solo Dining Pop-Up Eenmaal Comes to London

For two days only, Londoners eat free, coursed lunches at tables for one
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Eenmaal is a pop-up restaurant from Amsterdam.

Eenmaal, the world’s first solo dining restaurant concept, lands in London this week from Amsterdam for a two-day stint. The sold-out ticketed event (sponsored by Glaceau Smartwater) treats diners to a three-course lunch in Soho, with each guest seated at a table for one.

Dutchwoman Marina Van Goor brings the somewhat controversial pop-up to London in hopes that people will reclaim their lunch break and disconnect properly from social and mental noise. She says, “I’m so excited to bring Eenmaal to the U.K. … the original concept was designed to turn the negative connotation surrounding eating out alone into a positive one, as a social response to the idea that eating alone is a sign of loneliness.”

Arguably, London is one of the world’s more hyper-connected and distracted cities, and many in the capital welcome (or are at least intrigued by) Marina’s novel pop-up offering.  “I look forward to encouraging Londoners to reassess their routine, taking a moment to disconnect from our hyper connected society and enjoy the ‘now’ that is vital to our wellbeing,” Goor says. 

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