One of the places I was most excited to visit when I went to London earlier this month was Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium. A cafe where you get to be with cats, it's like a dream come true.
I managed to spend £30 here, so I thought I'd tackle that element before I got on to the little bundles of fluff I befriended. When booking at Lady Dinah's you book a slot time that is an hour and a half long. When we first came in and sat down Matthew ordered an espresso and I ordered a sweet green tea (I can't remember the exact names, I'm sorry!) Matthew enjoyed his coffee, he loves it strong and the little cup in the second picture did not disappoint. I was warned my tea was very sweet. I was a little disappointed when it tasted just like every other green tea I've had ever (except for that one at Cafe W) but at least I got three cups from the teapot.
Out second round of food was a lot more exciting, which is why it's the first photograph. Matthew got The Mue, named after one of the cats as well as a enormous slice of vegan peanut butter cake. I got the red velvet cake and a strawberry & kiwi flavoured sparkling water. For me, the red velvet cake was nice enough but the cream cheese topping wasn't sweet enough for me. Whenever I make cakes with cream cheese I like to put vanilla in to take off the cream cheese edge, but that just might be me. I ate it all (damn straight) but it hasn't really stuck in my memory as being beyond brilliant. Matthew's giant slice of cake was good, I don't like peanut butter so I didn't get to experience it first hand but he was very happy with his cake, it almost defeated him. The staff who served us were lovely and sociable.
There are rules at Lady Dinah's - you don't pick the cats up and when a cat is sleeping you don't disturb it which is fair. We got to play with a few of the cats, above is me and Wookie playing with bubble wrap and we also got acquainted with a cute little kitten by the name of Lizzie (see pictures of the cats here) When booking, the website recommended going between 4-6pm because that was when the cats were most playful. A few of them were but by the end of our session (which was around 6:30pm) there were a lot of sleeping cats. They looked cute, but I wanted to play.
As a cat owner it is really hard to resist picking them up (I didn't, I play by the rules) but I felt like the cats were a little bit off-ish when it came to humans. To be fair, they see so many people in one day alone I'm not surprised but it's a little sad when you put your hand out to interact with a cat and it ignores you. This would be fine, I'm understanding, but you get charged £6 per person for your visit so you really need to make the most of it. (That £6, so £12 for the two of us, was included in to total price which is almost half of the bill!)
All in all, I'm glad we visited. It was a nice afternoon and I got to meet some new felines. It's not somewhere I'd go back to next time I'm in London for a lot of little reasons. I wanted more social cats to play with, food that left a better impression and not to sit on garden furniture - it was fine, I was comfortable throughout but with the getting up and down to see the cats my leggings got snagged and now I have a hole in the butt.