A little bit of a different DailyD for you today! Please look away now, dog-lovers.
Along with many other feline-obsessed Londoners, we’d been eagerly watching the progress of the cafe since its founder first started trying to crowdfund the idea. We were very excited to hear of its opening last weekend and even more excited when, by some miracle fluke, we managed to snag tickets for lunch.
When we arrived we were processed very efficiently (we had to wash our hands in a sort of holding pen area, then were given various instructions on how to behave in front of the cats. Namely: no picking them up, no disturbing them if they’re asleep or eating, no flash photography etc). Then we were lead into the room with the cats.
It was hard to spot any to begin with, as most of them were asleep or hiding, but we were delighted to find a small black beauty curled up on one of the chairs at our table. We decided he could join our tea party.
The whole place has been thoughtfully designed around the cats – humans definitely come second – with plenty of hiding places and comfy beds, as well as lots of places for the cats to climb and play.
As the cafe only opened last week, there are clearly still a few teething problems – for example there were no vegan cakes on the menu as promised, much to Justyna’s disappointment. And it was definitely better to have a table downstairs, where there are squishy sofas and coffee tables and music playing and the whole thing feels much more relaxed – like sitting in a mad cat lady’s living room.
Although interaction with the cats is on the whole rather limited (most of them seemed VERY disinterested in us), Julia was very excited to have been allowed to feed one of the ginger moggies.
And Charlotte M fell a little bit in love with one particular feline, ‘Lucy’, who looked remarkably like Bagpuss. She was incredibly sweet in her grumpiness, very decisively walking away whenever anyone tried to fuss over her.
We had a really fun afternoon at the cat cafe – the experienced undoubtedly made all the more amusing thanks to a co-patron who decided to shout ‘Pussy in action!’ any time one of the cats moved. It’s good to see that the cats’ welfare really is the priority here, even though this does mean that you don’t get to play with them that much. You can tell the owner has put an awful lot of hard work into getting the place up and running and we’re sure that in time the place will be running like clockwork.
Although not a gourmet dining experience, it’s well worth a visit if you’re a cat-lover, perhaps because it makes you go home and appreciate your own cat – and the fact you can give them a massive cuddle whenever you like – all the more…