When my Mum said she wanted to visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium as her birthday present, I was quite surprised. One, because she knows I do not mind spoiling her because she raised/paid for me single-handedly, but two because the woman has two of her own cats. But no, alas, she wasn’t happy with just watching Lily Allen scratch the living daylights out of Albert each day. She wanted to see MORE cats. As it happens her birthday was in January, but last Saturday (1st June) was literally the first date we could both do that was not booked up.
As Bethnal Green is straight down the A13 we decided to drive – my Mum absolutely hates the tube. If you don’t mind the tube though, you can just grab the central line to Bethnal Green. Due to it’s close proximity to Shoreditch, Bethnal Green has become quite the place to be. From how busy it was when we visited, you can tell Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium made a great decision to locate their cat café here.
We were booked in at 11am and arrived slightly early so the helpful staff at the front desk had a quick chat with us and advised us how things go down. You order your drink then get shown to your table and then order your food. Each session is an hour and a half. I feel like how people will feel about this time-frame varies with how much you like cats. I thought this was a great time-frame to look at all the cats and pet them; however, my Mum would have stayed in there all day!
After being taken in through to the cat café itself, we were asked to wash our hands and briefed on the rules which were also printed and on each table. You are allowed to pet the cats, but not if they are eating, sleeping or grooming. Picking up the cats is also strictly prohibited. The main thing to remember is that this is the cats home, and not yours. I know some cat lovers who haven’t been would probably be nervous about how the cats are treated. But believe me they are LOVING LIFE. All of the cats at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium are rescue cats. That means they have been rescued from a pretty horrible life to live in what can only be described as a cat wonderland.
The walls are all covered in fake tree branches with cosy little hidey holes for the cats to sleep in. There are also loads of toys around that you can use to interact with the cats, beds, bridges and high shelves for them to climb onto when they have had enough of the humans. It’s really hard to describe in words how good this place is for the cats. You can even tell how healthy and well the cats are by looking at them. None of them are particularly overweight/underweight, their coats are healthy, and they all seem really happy.
One of the more fun things was seeing the personalities of each of the 12 cats. Obi was my favourite ,a huge guy who looked like a tiger, and Wendy nearly gave Mum a swipe for trying to stroke her when she wasn’t in the mood. The food was really good as well. I had a toasted sandwich as I have been craving one for weeks, and I was pleased to see a lot of dairy and gluten free options on the menu.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is £15 for an hour and a half session, and they also have an afternoon tea package. Due to the fact I was out Friday I didn’t exactly look forward to getting up at the crack of dawn to go and look at some cats, but this is one of the best things I’ve done in London. The food prices are really reasonable and it’s lovely to know your money goes towards helping rescue kitties. I’m working on having the vlog for this live ASAP but until then here is my most recent one.
I’d absolutely go back and would recommend every to go if they like cats. I’ve done a lot of cool things as a London lifestyle blogger, but this is definitely one of the coolest.
*this review was not sponsored or paid for in any way. We visited as fully paying customers.