People out for their daily exercise were left shocked when the nude man wandered towards Bloomsbury Square Gardens ‘completely unphased’ by stares on Sunday afternoon.
When a passerby asked why he had no clothes on, he is said to have replied ‘I just took my clothes off to wash myself’ before continuing his walk.
Onlookers later spotted him running past the British Museum, with police unable to locate him.
A witness named Catherine, 22 said she turned around on Great Russell Street to ‘notice a stark naked man walking down the road’ at around 3.45 pm.
Speaking to MyLondon, she said: ‘One man stopped him and asked why he was naked to which he casually replied ‘I just took my clothes off to wash myself’ and carried on walking.
‘My friend called the police who said the museum security had already called it in, then asked for a description of the man “aside from the naked part”.
‘Once he walked past the museum he started running and we lost him. A few minutes later a police car and an ambulance were patrolling the area. A bit more exciting than our usual Sunday walk!’
A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at 3:53 pm on Sunday, January 24 to reports of a man seen walking naked in Great Russell Street.
‘Officers attended and carried out a thorough search of the area. Nobody matching the description was found.’
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