If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I visited Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium recently. A few people have asked me about my experience there, so I decided to do a review for you all! For those of you who do not know, Lady Dinah’s are a cat cafe based in London, around the Bethnal Green area. It is in fact the first one to open in London, and it’s the perfect place for cat lovers to interact with cats and have an afternoon tea.
My sister and I went for an ‘Entry, Cats and a Cuppa’ session, which is only £10 per person however needs to be booked in advance to guarantee a space! This allows you to spend an hour and a half with the cats, along with a drink of your choice from the menu – I decided to go for their ‘Catte’ while my sister chose a Hot Chocolate. They also have an afternoon tea option, which I would love to go for in the future.
There are obviously a number of rules in place to ensure the cats feel safe. Most of it is pretty straightforward though, and includes things like not disturbing the cats when they’re sleeping, turning off the flash when you’re taking photos and not picking up or feeding the cats. Children under twelve are also not allowed, for obvious reasons.
As soon as you enter the place, it’s apparent how well looked-after the cats are. There are two floors to the cat cafe, with the downstairs being a play area for the cats complete with shelves, tunnels, beds and toys. The whole place has such cute decoration too! It’s clear that the staff at Lady Dinah’s care a lot about the cats.
The cats themselves are friendly but I think it’s important to give them their own space and don’t be disappointed if they don’t come to you… they’re cats, after all! I personally found it quite fun to observe their individual, quirky personalities from a distance too. They all looked very relaxed and healthy – credit to the lovely environment that the staff have created for them. I don’t know how many cats they have there, but they are absolutely everywhere – even on the shelves above you (I still don’t know quite how they manage to get up that high?!) A true heaven for cat lovers.
My sister and I really enjoyed our time at the cat cafe and would love to visit again soon. I’d wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have cats but would like to – it was nice to play with them in a relaxed, pleasant environment which they’re comfortable in. Do bear in mind that some of the cats are probably fed up of the constant attention and might just walk away, so don’t let that disappoint you! Our drinks were lovely, and the rest of the items on the menu sound delicious too. If you do decide to go, just make sure to book well in advance and let me know what you think!
I also visited London Modest Fashion Week recently – read about my honest opinion of it here.