Tuesday, 12 August 2014

My Visit To Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium ♥

A few weeks ago when me and Daz went to London for the weekend, one of the places I had wanted to visit for some time was Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium - Link.
 Being a crazy cat lady, the opportunity to drink tea and eat cake surrounded by cats was my idea of heaven really.

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium is an opportunity for those who love cats or can't have cats, to have a cup of tea and a bite to eat while being in the company of furry felines, the cafe is perfectly furnished to meet all the kitties natural needs, providing them with a safe place to live harmoniously together .

We had tried to book online when I knew we were going to London a few weeks before, however I was really disappointed to find that this cafe was fully booked till Oct, you can imagine my disappointment - they do get cancellations but I didn't come across any.

When we arrived in London and had put our suitcases in our hotel, we thought we would try our luck and go down for a visit, you never know.
We got the underground from Canary Wharf to Liverpool Street Station and walked for about 15 minutes with the help of Google Maps.

When we arrived, we were greeted to this cute sight in the window, the window displays were all cat friendly and gave you a sneak peek of the cute kitties that were inside, a lot of people stopped when they walked past, kitties in a cafe window isn't normally a sight you could get used to seeing, its not something you see everyday.

We went inside to see if there were any cancellations and the lady behind the counter told us that there were no spaces but if we wanted to hang on till 2.00pm a few people may not show up.
We waited for about 45 minutes, some may have thought "I'll leave it", but I really wanted to visit this cafe - you see I have a bit of an obsession with these four legged animals, even though I have a perfectly gorgeous cat at home.

2.00 pm came and went, then we got the good news that there was two spaces available, two people hadn't shown up, you can imagine my excitement - always try and see if you can get a last minute appointment like we did if you weren't lucky booking online.

We were given a brief talk about the cats that were inside and what we could and couldn't do and how the best way to approach them was - sleeping cats no matter how cute they look shouldn't be disturbed.
The admission fee was £5 per person which I didn't mind paying because I know the money goes towards the care of the cats.

We washed and dried our hands before entering at the sink, don't worry about touching the cats and then touching food, there is a toilet available to wash you hands properly in and each table has a hand sanitiser available, you can also wash your hands again on the way out.

The cafe had a nice calm atmosphere to it and you could definitely tell the cats owned this cafe, all the furniture has been adapted so they can get around easily and they could pretty much snooze wherever they wanted.
We may have gone at the time of day where they all fancied having a snooze rather than a play.
There were a few cats that were awake but they didn't seem that up for playing, the warm weather may had played a part in it too.

The food wasn't too badly priced, what you expect for a cafe, there was plenty of cake options and the red velvet cake I ordered was amazing, the only thing I could fault was the ordering service and the time it took to deliver the food, it was pretty slow considering there weren't that many people in the cafe at once.
(Sorry there are no foodie photos we were too distracted)

All the cats seemed friendly, I saw no sharp claws on my visit and, there were plenty of cats toys to entertain the cats with, although if they are anything like my cat, they probably do get bored of the same toys after a while depending what mood they are in.
There were brushes to groom the cats with, "Mue" particularly liked a good groom.

The cats seemed well looked after and healthy and like they were living the life really, if  I could chill out the way they were everyday I'd be happy.

Above are all the cute photo's I took of these kitties, I've matched them up with their names as well as I could, there were to many similar faces and names to remember them all in one visit.

Would I say this cafe is worth all the hype?? I'd recommend a visit if your in London, but probably not somewhere I would visit again, 
I do think it is one of them places you can only experience the once, the cats aren't very playful - maybe I was expecting too much and I thought they would be all be like my cat -  I suppose every cat is different though and they all have their own personalities.
We all know that they will only give you attention if they feel like it, so if your cat is always in your lap, don't expect the same from these kitties.

We may have just got unlucky, not everyone's experience is the same - this cafe is something unusual that you can experience.
 Where else can you drink a cup of tea in a public place and be in the good company of a cat??

Have you been to Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium?
What was your visit like?

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