A commuter casually stripped naked and started bathing in the dirt on the banks of the Thames.
The unknown man started off wearing smart work clothes, but randomly took them all off and started scooping murky water out of the river and pouring it all over himself.
As he gave himself a good scrub, shocked Londoners stood and watched the ritual from near the Woolwich Ferry at 9am on Tuesday.
One witness, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I’ve been getting the Woolwich Ferry to work for 15 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before.
‘The bloke walked up wearing normal, smart work clothes. Bold as brass he stripped off everything and started washing himself in the river.
‘He was stood there as if he was on Malibu Beach in the middle of summer, not the grotty south bank on a miserable March morning.
‘It was hilarious – he was just scooping water up with a can and pouring it over himself.’
After ‘washing’ himself for about 10 minutes, the man dried himself off, put his clothes back on and walked away.
However, the boggy silt from the bank actually made his legs and trousers much dirtier than they were before.
Another witness said: ‘I was embarrassed for him – I think everyone that saw him was.
‘It was pretty funny though, I’ve never seen anything like this before.
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‘It’s just barmy. Especially because he looked like he was on his way to work.’
- We may have a theory on that though….either he had been prescribed an early morning wash in the river as part of a deliverance ritual by his “White Garment” Church or a “religious cleansing” bath following an adulterous dalliance – Baronessj.