The history of animal cafés in London has been pretty tumultuous. Our city might now have two cat cafés and even hosted a pig picnic last summer, but events haven’t always been welcomed with open arms. There was uproar when an owl café landed in the city in 2015 and a fox café never even made it past the start line.
The next hot spot for coffee and cute things is Bunny Blossom – a pop-up rabbit café running from June 5 - July 11. Held at Chapel Market, visitors to the event will be able to hang out with the bunnies while enjoying an afternoon tea. Organisers explain the rabbits are rescue animals and visitors will even have the chance to adopt them. The aim of the event is to advise people on the welfare of rabbits and provide more information on how to care for these cuddly creatures.
While more than 2,000 people have expressed interest in the event on Facebook, some users have expressed concern about the safety of the rabbits at the event. Answering critics, the organisers write on the event page: ‘All of our bunnies are rescued; some were abandoned and others needed very urgent rehoming. We have a very big room dedicated to our bunnies where they have settled into, which certainly follows the regulations of animal welfare. They have safe access to fresh air and are very happy getting to know the several members of staff at Bunny Blossom. We strongly agree rabbits are not accessories, and we will make that very clear to everybody that joins us at Bunny Blossom. We highly oppose the cruelty and exploiting of any animal, therefore all proceeds help with the costs of keeping the bunnies well fed and looked after sufficiently!’