Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

Regular readers of the blog will know that I am a massive cat lover. Whenever we go to Nick's sister's house I always make a huge fuss of their cat and I can lose hours to the Emergency Cute Stuff Twitter feed. I'm desperate for our own kittens but sadly living in a first-floor flat near a main road puts paid to that a bit (at least until we buy somewhere). So when I found out a few months ago that London was getting its very own cat café in the form of Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, I knew I just had to pay them a visit.

For those who may not have heard of it before, Lady Dinah's is modelled on the 'cat cafes' in Japan, where cats roam free as patrons enjoy their snacks and drinks - the perfect solution for animal lovers who don't have the space for a furry friend of their own or live somewhere with a 'no pets' rule. The waiting list has been ridiculously long for months on end, but we finally went for my birthday earlier in October - and it was definitely worth the wait.


When we first arrived we waited in the lobby area, which also serves as a take-away facility where you can buy cake and tea.





The team at Lady Dinah's are constantly learning from their feedback - these cards with each booking hanging up in the entrance were something they only introduced on the morning of our visit!

Once we'd checked in we were taken down to the cafe area by Lauren, the lovely friendly owner of the cafe. She and the rest of the staff were great at talking to us about the cats, answering our questions and making us feel incredibly comfortable, as well as being genuinely concerned about the cats' welfare - it's very clear that the felines always come first.


To the cats!

We sat downstairs which was a lovely cosy area with lots of comfortable sofas and quirky bits of decor - I love the shelves full of cat-themed books and bric-a-brac and the unusual take on the 'do not disturb' signs.







I really like these old-fashioned signs with descriptions of what the cats' different body language means - it's really helpful for telling when the cats want to play and when to leave them be - and the little pictures and descriptions of each cat.

The cafe has twelve cats (they were ten when we were there as they were adopting two more kittens the week after our visit), all strays who've found a new home there, and they all have their own unique personalities. As we were there quite early in the morning many of them were still enjoying their snooze but we got fuss from Romeo - whose main focus was getting to the treat tube - handsome Persian-tabby cross Wookie (Best. Name. Ever.) and adorable black kitten Loki.



Romeo and Loki say hello to each other.





As it was my birthday Nick very kindly treated me to some birthday goodies - I got a delicious sticky toffee cupcake (surely your birthday is the one day cake for breakfast is acceptable?), a gorgeous Lady Dinah's tote bag to add to my ever-growing collection, and this lovely card:





Because if you can't have cake for breakfast on your birthday, then when can you?

I also had the Indiana, a really tasty chai latte with a salted caramel shot. Chai lattes and salted caramel are two of my favourite things in the world so when I saw it on the menu I just had to order it! And how adorable is the chocolate powder cat's face on the top?


After my cake and drink I popped upstairs to see what the other cats were up to - most of them were asleep as you can see but I did get some fuss off the lovely Donnie here:






I also made the acquaintance of the gorgeous Artemis, who was very keen on the pigeons flying around outside the cafe - look how focused she is!


I love this cat-sized hamster wheel; is it a bit sad I want to get one for when we get our own kittens?


Sadly you can only book Lady Dinah's for 90 minute slots, and our time went by so quickly I almost didn't want to leave! It was such a nice relaxed atmosphere and just like being in your friend's house with lovely mismatched furniture and the most adorably cute cats to stroke and play with. I think when I come back I'll try and book an afternoon session as lots of the cats seemed to be perking up just when we were leaving, but it was such a wonderful experience and I'd definitely recommend it if you're a cat lover.

Have you been to Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium? Would you visit a cat cafe like this?

4 comments:

  1. I absolutely love cats and I desperately want to visit this place!
    They all look so cute in those photos <3
    Sasha // Breast Cancer Awareness

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  2. Oh my gosh what a quirky, gorgeous place!? So glad you shared this with me, so cute xx



    BlondeOfCarbs

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  3. Omg I really need to visit here!

    Illustrated-teacup.blogspot.co.uk

    Xx

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  4. I LOVE cats and like you can't have one cos we live in a rented flat. I always had cats growing up and I do really miss having one.

    Maybe next time I'm in London I should look this up, I think I'd love it! Such a great idea ... I don't know what I love more - cats or cakes! I wouldn't know what to focus on!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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