This week marked the launch of London's first-ever cat cafe. That's right, a cafe where you can go, enjoy a spot of tea or a pastry, and pet some cats. Just, you know, whenever.
What madness is this? And how can we get invited?
It's called Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, and it's designed as a meeting place for cat lovers. The place is immensely popular, with tables getting booked up far in advance. Sure, the food is good, but visitors are really coming so they can spend some quality time with the cafe's 11 cat residents—Adamska, Artemis, Biscuit, Carbonelle, Donnie, Indiana, Loki, Mue, Petra, Romeo and Wookie. Yes, Wookie.
Cat cafes have been popular in other major cities, including Taiwan and Tokyo, where having a pet is often not possible because of too-small apartments or strict building codes. But this is a first for London. The cafe was actually crowd-funded into existence by a campaign on Indiegogo—its owners raised more than $200,000 for the venture.
And we have no doubt it's going to be wildly successful. "I see commuters walking on their way to and from the station stopping to pet the neighbourhood cats," said co-owner Lauren Pears, "and since I am unable to own a cat myself due to my current flat and long hours I understand the desire to have a cat around." Chances are, there's a whole lot of other Londoners who feel the same way. [Daily Mail]
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