Lauren Pears aimed to provide a sanctuary to cats but this one is a bit different. It’s also a place where you can have coffee, tea, and even cakes. It also promises those who can’t have pets at home to get some feline company. The idea seemed ludicrous but wasn’t unique – it was inspired by the cat cafes in Japan. For London, of course, it’s the first of its kind, which perhaps helped the success of its crowdfunding campaign to raise £108,000 for capital.
I was actually a contributor to this campaign. In return, I got vouchers that allowed me to meet the cats over coffee and cake. When I finally got the chance to see for myself, I was pleased that I did help out. The cats were certainly in good care. It shows as they seem bigger than most house cats I know.
However, it was difficult to concentrate on the cafe side of Lady Dinah’s. People’s focus was on the cats, not really on the food nor the drinks. You’ll also need to book in advance as you can’t just walk in. In addition, you can only stay up to 1.5 hours.
The cafe itself is fitted with stuff where the cats can play and lounge. There’s also lots of toys scattered around. If you’re lucky, the cats will be awake and will want to play. But as most cats go, they mostly just lie about or sleep.