The Cat Café London

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

No matter how hard you try to resist, you face will be pushed up to the window and your hands will be stroking the glass no quicker than you can blink. A few ‘ohhs’ and ‘ahhs’ are bound to slip out too. Yes, it’s not the best look but this is the result of a visit to the first ever cat café in London, better known as Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium.

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

Lilac London

As you pass the unglamorous, but quirky shops that line Bethnal Green Road in London, you’ll be caught off guard when you spy the indiscreet lilac framed window and sign. As a self confessed cat lover, I knew I had to rein it in, but spying the slinky feline asleep in the window was like showing the red flag to a charging bull. Luckily for me, it seems the charm of Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium works on most. The glass floor to ceiling window drew a fairly steady huddle of adoring faces, or perhaps that was the sleeping kitties.

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

Getting a reservation for this place is like gold dust. Having only opened earlier in the year, you’ll need to book a few months in advance. Stepping inside you may have to wait a few minutes until the cats are ready for you. However, don’t worry; there are a few aptly themed decorations to entertain you.

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

The Cat Laws

Despite the wait and the small set up, it’s very chilled and cute inside. At times it feels like the ten or so cats outnumber the guests. You’re welcome to make yourself at home wherever you like. Stick to one seat or simply follow your favourite cat, though you’ll need to play by the rules.

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

You’ll be briefed by your host before you enter the café, asked to wash your hands and to pay your £5 cover charge. You’ll be asked not to interrupt your feline friends when they’re sleeping or eating. A perfectly reasonable request, don’t you think?

Meet the Kitties

Once inside the cat haven, the door will be firmly closed behind you so that the cats aren’t a risk of escaping. Tabbies jump on the shelving chasing feathered toys. Serial snoozers (cats need at least eighteen hours sleep a day) lay sprawled on the hessian hammock or bundled in a tight ball on the chaise lounge. Well, it is an emporium after all!

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

Sweet jazz music lingers in the background, matching the vintage mismatched furniture in the basement area. In contrast, the cosy upstairs area has more of a modern feel thanks to the white furniture and artificial grass lined table. As travel lovers, I’d recommend you get comfy in one of the armchairs in the basement as there is a big antique map wall covering. It has a homier vibe and you won’t be distracted by the randoms passing by the window.

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

The Menu

Food and drink orders are taken using a fancy tablet. Ensuring a balance with the modern, drinks are served in vintage teacups and saucers, whilst food arrives on beautifully mismatched crockery. The selection of teas on offer are great, but the food is limited to typical café choices; cakes, scones, and bagels. The prices are fair with a cupcake costing just under £3 and a bagel under £5. However, your visit to Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium isn’t about the food (I can’t say it rocked my world).

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England, Cat Cafe Food, Cat Cafe Menu

It’s about the cats. From black slinkies, Loki and Adamska, to fluffy tailed Petra, there’s a cat for every personality. Hosts are on hand to entice them to play, or to tell you the way they like to be stroked. “Oh, this one likes you to really nuzzle in there on his chin” she purred, as though she was the cat woman. Regardless, it worked and bought me a few extra strokes with the fluffy chair hogger.

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

Cat Cafe, Cat, London, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, England

Whilst Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is cute and certainly very different to your usual café jaunt, I would suggest that you tie in your visit when you’re already down in London. It’s not necessarily something that warrants a special trip. I may be biased and spoilt by my cuddly ginger one, Buddha, but I much prefer my cat snuggles at home. He’s a lot soppier than the ones I met in London. Perhaps for cat lovers who aren’t able to have their own pet, this is an ideal solution.

What do you think? Have you been or is this place on your list? I’d love to hear what you think. Drop me a comment in the box below so we can swap notes. X

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Comments (7)

  • Emma 6 years ago Reply

    It is a cute little sidetrip, but well worth a cuddle! I was surprised at how many gluten free options there were on their menu I must say.

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago Reply

    Yeah, I was too. They’re very accommodating with the menu options.

  • Hannah Wasielewski 6 years ago Reply

    It’s been my dream to visit a kitty cat cafe! I heard they just recently opened one up in NYC, which is the first one in the US. good to know London has one too! I’ll make sure to go there next time I’m in Europe.

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago Reply

    It sounds like kitties are taking over the world! At the moment it’s a bit of a novelty in the UK, so it’s worth a visit if you have space in your travel plans. I hope you get to visit one of them soon. Personally, I’d love to go to Japan to the cat cafes over there.

  • […]  For the Girly Girl: The Hoxton Hotel Spend the afternoon at London’s first ever cat café, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. For a small £5 cover charge you can put the world to the right over a steaming cuppa of coffee […]

  • PurpleTravelKate 6 years ago Reply

    This is soooo cute, I would love to visit there. Will you take me next time please? :)

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago Reply

    Haha, I don’t think Buddha will let me go again any time soon! You should book in and check it out. :)

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