Nuns to open pop-up restaurant in east London


The Daughters of Divine Charity are planning to open 'NUNdos', at the White Rabbit in Shoreditch, from 17th – 19th October. Diners will be invited to break bread and reflect on modern life over a hot lunch cooked and served by sisters from their Swaffham and Chesterfield convents.

The restaurant is opening in response to an influx of research studies that show that people under the age of 35 are at the greatest risk of suffering from anxiety.

The activation has been created to coincide with the launch of ground breaking new Channel 5 series, 'Bad Habits, Holy Orders'. The ground breaking new series follows five selfie-obsessed young women as they swap hedonism for a life of humility, by living in a working convent in East Anglia for four weeks under the guidance of the sisters.

Visitors to 'NUNdos' will find themselves transported to a spiritual haven where they will be encouraged to relax, slow down and take stock of their lives over a bowl of hearty chicken or wholesome lentil soup.

To avoid the destractions of Instagram and Facebook, diners will be encouraged to leave their phones in a bin, and collect them when they leave.

Customers have the opportunity to order 'Mother Superior's Chicken Broth' or 'Wholesome Lentil Soup', and will be encouraged to take part in life affirming exercises and soul-searching activities. As guests discourse with fellow diners or settle in to chat with the sisters about daily life, millennial malaise will be under the spotlight.

For dessert, the nuns will serve a takeaway treat as a reminder to diners to nourish the soul beyond the walls of NUNdos.

NUNdos is totally free of charge. Demand is expected to be high and whilst pre-booking is not available, people can pre-register their interest via NUNdos@taylorherring.com where a limited number of pre-assigned dining slots will be allocated.

The new TV series breaks new ground as it is the first time that the Daughters of Divine Charity have allowed filming.

Bad Habits: Holy Orders airs on Channel 5 on Thursday 19th October at 10pm

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