The people behind a death row-themed pop-up restaurant that planned to open in east London are "considering their next steps" after a huge online backlash.
Death Row Dinners' website had a series of black-and-white images of death row inmates with menus around their necks. Alongside the photos, it said, "Eat like it's your last meal on earth," and asked, "What would your last meal be?"
The photos have since been taken down.
The £50-per-head restaurant experience hoped to let Londoners enjoy the idea of their very own last meal, "without the nasty execution bit".
The pop-up restaurant was set to open in the hipster neighbourhood of Hoxton, east London, at a place called The Penitentiary.
The website states that guests on their night of "incarceration" will get to experience a "night behind bars" eating a five-course feast with 80 other people.
Under the "why?" section of the site, there is a description of the history of last meals, with a light-hearted reference to the fact that the ritual still exists in the countries that practice the death penalty.
A backlash against the restaurant ensued on Twitter soon after it was announced as people explained why the idea is so utterly terrible.
Many believed the restaurant was a hoax.
Vice UK suggested it could have been "an elaborate ruse set up by art students".
However, BuzzFeed News spoke to Eventbrite, the website that hosted the ticket purchase for the restaurant, and it confirmed that it had been dealing with a "a legitimate organisation".
They then tweeted the apology, saying they had been "shocked and saddened" by the response to the restaurant.
BuzzFeed News has contacted the organisation. We will update this story when there is new information.
Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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