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Cat cafes are hip and as hot as ever in Japan and Asia but the fluffy kitty phenomenon is about to come to London. Introducing the city’s first cat cafe, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, soon to open on Bethnal Green Road.

London’s first cat cafe has just secured planning permission, the next step for Lauren Pears in her dream to open the capital’s first cafe filled with fluffy cats on Bethnal Green Road in East London’s trendy neighbourhood of Shoreditch. Pears secured £109,000 in crowdfunding to launch her project last year and now it looks like her dream is closer to becoming reality.

Cat cafes have long been popular in Japan and even Austria. The first one opened in Japan in 1998! Remember this post about Japan’s cat cafe trend?

London’s Cat Emporium will feature three parts, one where the cats live and play, a second where visitors can enjoy their drinks while playing and stroking the cats and a third where food and drink will be prepared (the cat-free zone). All the cats will be rescued from a local animal rescue charity.

Construction has now started at 152-154 Bethnal Green Road where Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium will open in due time. Works need to finish and then the cats will need a bit of time to settle in to their new environs and then, finally, the public will be invited into this new high street experience.

cat petting

Visiting the Cat Emporium

We’re definitely excited to indulge ourselves in an afternoon of cats and coffee so we want to be as prepared as possible for the experience. Here’s how it’s going to work:

  • Entry will be a fiver. Or £3 a visit if you purchase a “9 Lives Card” which covers 9 visits paid upfront.
  • Booking will be required at first, which will be made through Lady Dinah’s website.
  • The menu will feature hot and cold drinks as well as serve cakes and biscuits (some will also be gluten-free, nut-free and vegan).
  • Once you arrive you can peruse the foyer where all the drinks and treats are prepared. Then you’ll head to the hygiene room where you can watch your hands, check your coat and bag, before entering the cat lounge.
  • In the lounge, wait staff will be able to take your order and cat carers will introduce you to all the feline friends awaiting your attention.
  • Before leaving, it’s through the hygiene room again to wash up and de-hair your clothes and away you go!

Would you be up for a visit to London’s cat cafe?

Imgs: Lady Dinah on Instagram and Facebook

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