A Purrfect Afternoon Tea at London’s First Cat Cafe

Going for Excessive Tea is a type of quintessential English experiences – the little teapot, the tiny sandwiches, the scones with jam and clotted cream… It’s one thing that’s virtually required when you’re visiting London for the primary time.

However what if I advised you that there was a place the place you might have Excessive Tea surrounded by a dozen furry buddies?

Let me introduce to you Woman Dinah’s Cat Emporium, London’s very first cat cafe.

What’s a cat cafe?

The idea of the cat cafe started in Asia, the place many individuals dwell in residences too tiny to personal any pets. The cafes (there are additionally canine cafes, rabbit cafes, and even an owl cafe!) supply a spot for petless individuals to go and revel in time with cuddly animals. The idea has slowly begun spreading world wide, and London’s first cat cafe opened in 2014 within the metropolis’s Shoreditch neighborhood after a profitable crowd-funding marketing campaign.

At present, Woman Dinah’s Cat Emporium has lots of the trappings of your common cat cafe: cats of all ages and personalities (all of which have both been adopted or rescued off the road), a enjoyable and kooky setting with loads of hiding locations and toys, guidelines to comply with with a purpose to maintain the kitties protected and wholesome, and a novel cafe/tea menu.

Like many different well-liked cat cafes, that you must e-book a desk at Woman Dinah’s. A reserving price of £6.50 secures you a seat for 90 minutes of feline goodness, and you’ll then order meals/drinks off the menu. (Or, when you e-book Excessive Tea like I did, the reserving price is included, together with all of the Excessive Tea trappings.)

Visiting Woman Dinah’s Cat Emporium

Discovering Woman Dinah’s is fairly easy. It’s situated on Bethnal Inexperienced highway in Shoreditch, not removed from Outdated Spitalfields Market, and you’ll’t miss the floor-to-ceiling window that normally has plenty of cats lounging in it.

You’ll need to arrive on the time you booked a desk (like several regular restaurant reservation), after which might be taken inside to scrub your fingers and listen to all the home guidelines. The principles are fairly easy: you possibly can play with the cats which can be roaming round, however you’re requested to depart sleeping kitties be. You’re additionally requested to not feed any the cats, and also you’re not supposed to choose them up, both.

After this, you’ll be taken to your desk both upstairs or downstairs. The downstairs space is my favourite, because it’s adorned like an indoor forest, full with large tree within the center with loads of hidey-holes for the cats to get pleasure from.

Woman Dinah’s has two varieties of workers on the ground in any respect time: The wait workers who will take your order/convey you meals and tea, and the cat workers who’re in command of amusing the cats and telling you all about them. If you wish to know a selected cat’s story or know what his/her favourite toy is, the cat workers are solely too completely satisfied to assist.

I’d LOVE to have a job like this!

Excessive Tea at Woman Dinah’s

On my first go to to Woman Dinah’s, I merely booked a desk and ordered a espresso and slice of cake. Their menu contains every part from specialty teas and occasional drinks (named after the resident cats), to bagels, to cake. From what I’ve heard, their menu has improved immensely since they opened in 2014 – and so they cater to all diets, together with gluten-free and vegan.

On my second journey to Woman Dinah’s, I made a decision to e-book Excessive Tea. They serve Excessive Tea Friday-Monday and it prices £35 per particular person.

You get a three-tiered plate of sandwiches, rolls, scones, jam, cream, pastries and truffles, which you’ll request limitless refills on throughout your 90-minute time slot. I didn’t even end my first serving, and so they properly wrapped up the leftovers for me to take with me to snack on later.

And, in fact, you possibly can benefit from the antics of the cats as you could have your tea.

This is among the most original Excessive Teas I’ve been to, and I feel it’s fairly priced, too. (And I believed the meals was superb!)

Must know

Woman Dinah’s Cat Emporium is open day by day besides Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to six:00 p.m. (12 p.m. – eight p.m. in winter).

The cafe is just not actually meant for teenagers, and has a minimal age of 12.

You don’t *have* to e-book a desk forward of time, however I’d extremely advocate it because the place does get very busy and has an especially restricted variety of walk-in seats obtainable. How far prematurely do you have to e-book? I’d e-book Excessive Tea a minimum of just a few days prematurely (in some circumstances you could even have to e-book the week earlier than), and common tables 1-2 days prematurely to keep away from disappointment.

Have you ever ever visited a cat cafe in your travels? Would you?