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World's first solo-dining restaurant is on its way to London

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Amsterdam's pop-up restaurant Eenmaal, the world's first solo-dining restaurant offering tables for one, is on its way to the UK.

The temporary Dutch restaurant, which seats 20 single diners and offers a pre-fixed four-course meal, opened in the Netherlands in April.

And now founder Marina van Goor is eyeing up a permanent space for the venture in the UK capital.

"I am getting such positive feedback from London...and also a lot of requests about when we will come to the UK," said van Goor in an interview with bighospitality.co.uk.

"Because London is a very busy city, the need for an excused disconnection from time to time is growing. I would love to start a permanent venue in London if I find the right collaboration and investors to do so. I am sure it will work in London."

Dining alone is on the rise in the UK with one if four diners eating out alone more than once a month, according to hospitality consultanting and research firm survey by HospitalityGEM.

Speaking about Eenmaal, meaning "one time" and "one meal", van Goor said in a press release: "Where you might usually go out to eat with company, at Eenmaal you are your own company. It is the perfect place to dine in pleasant solitude; an exciting experiment for those who never go out for dinner alone."

And don't expect to eat your meal while simultaneously surfing your phone. Eenmaal intentionally doesn’t offer wi-fi to show that "a moment of disconnection, by eating out alone, sitting alone, can be attractive, especially in our hyperconnected society," says van Goor in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek. Instead, diners are encouraged to read magazines and books.

The whole thing reminds us of that Sex and the City episode where Carrie Bradshaw steals herself to lunch out alone without any extra armour such as a book - and ends up loving the experience. Minus her usual SATC crew, she sits and enjoys a glass of wine all by herself.

"We wanted to entice people to come to the restaurant and at the same time to give them food for thought," added van Goor. "We wanted to demonstrate that eating in solitude can be a good thing."

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Intrigued by the idea of going solo? Read about women who have travelled alone and loved it. Plus the best trips and courses to try by yourself.

Images: Rex Features, Facebook/Eenmaal, Sex and the City

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