Yep, London’s first cat café has finally opened its doors. Filled with cute kitties, faux-vintage furnishings and plenty of chintzy crockery, this crowd-funded caff in Bethnal Green takes cat loving to a new level. Get a sneak peek of the café here.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
|Venue name:||Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium||Contact:|
Bethnal Green Road
|Transport:||Shoreditch High Street rail/Overground|
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I visited Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium yesterday with friends and we had a wonderful time. Our 'slot' was 12.30 - 2pm and we waited in the seated area just inside the door as we were early.
The cats were absolutely divine! Some cats slept the whole time we were there, some were wandering about and the 2 kittens played delightfully, as kittens do. The cats are clearly very content and their welfare is put first as it should be. Patrons are kindly but firmly prevented from picking the cats up or waking them and flash photography is forbidden. The staff clearly love the cats and encourage them to play when appropriate.
We had bagels for lunch and pots of delicious loose leaf tea, the food and drinks we had and saw were of high quality and fresh. Staff were around at all times to take orders or chat about the cats.
I highly recommend a visit for all cat lovers. If you are unlucky and most of the cats are asleep, this shows how relaxed and happy the cats are. True cat lovers would find this reassuring if frustrating, such is the nature of the independent cat! I can't wait to go back!
I was so excited to visit, thought it would be fun and cute. In reality it took 40mins for a hot chocolate. All the cats were sleeping or hiding in the corners and had disrespectful people shaking them awake and poking them. Having to endure that all day is no life for a cat. I left very disturbed and unimpressed. I hope it closes down and the animals put to a good home where they wont be used as prisoners for constant unwatted petting while trying to sleep.
I visited on a Saturday afternoon and it wasn't what I expected. We arrived and paid in the small room between the cats and the kitchen. The lady in the room then told us to go through to the cafe and wait to be seated. Someone came to seat us and said there were no seats left downstairs and we would have to share a table with someone upstairs. I thought this was very unusual as we had booked a table for three and assumed that a table for three would be available. As more people arrived they were told they could sit wherever they wanted and didn't need to be seated. It was all very inconsistent. Three staff asked if we had been served. We were brought an order twice. Overall it was quite disorganised. The menu could do with improving as there were several salads listed with unusual names and no description of what was in them. In the end I received one I didn't really like and would have preferred to know what I was ordering.
Two of the staff were extremely helpful and friendly and knew a lot about the cats and tried to get them to interact with you. The upstairs of the cafe seemed quite boring compared to the basement. There are three large tables and a sofa upstairs and as people rarely arrived in a group of 6 the tables were being shared between groups. It was much more relaxed downstairs so we would have preferred having the option of sitting there.
One member of staff was extremely rude and made us feel uncomfortable. She didn't interact with any customers unless absolutely necessary. Her only interaction was 15 minutes before closing for the afternoon break when she told a couple they had to leave within 3 minutes. Her top wasn't big enough to cover herself up and her underwear was on show for 90% of the time. Completely inappropriate for a cafe setting.
The cats seemed very happy and spent most of their time sleeping in the window. There were a few who enjoyed interaction but it did feel like there were too many people in the cafe at one time to be able to spend any time with a cat. There were so many toys, several groups of people were trying to get the attention of one cat at the same time.