Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium opened up earlier this year and we have finally been to visit - if you're a cat lover you will adore this place, if you're not, then this may be your worst nightmare. It's not far from Shoreditch Overground Station, and about a 20 minute walk (fast walking) from Liverpool Street Station. When you approach the front of the café you are greeted by at least one cat asleep in the window, which straight away makes you realise that these cats are very contented as there is nothing more lovely than a sleeping cat.
When you enter the cat emporium you are shown into a holding area, and everyone has to wash their hands before they enter in order to protect the cats from outside germs. All the inhabitants are rescue cats - there are 11 in total, and I hope you'll see from the photos that they are very happy in their world which us humans enter for a while to absorb some of their feline contentment.
All throughout the cafe there are lots of hiding spots for the cats and lots of high up places for them to survey their measly servants from. I would love to have a home where I could put cat shelves up for our two brats.
The furniture is really eclectic and you're welcome to move around whilst you're there so as to say hello to the kitties. Rules of the establishment are that you can't pick up the cats, and not to wake them if they're sleeping, which again shows that they're well looked after.
The food was lovely, and a bit like the furniture the crockery was vintage and gorgeous. We had bagels to eat and then my beloved indulged in a piece of red velvet cake - without asking the waitress brought us two forks, so I had to help him eat it.
All throughout the emporium there are lots of things for the cats to play with, and lots of places for them to hide. I would have loved to see one of them on the giant wheel whilst there, but maybe another time. Notice that the chair has a tail coming out the back of it - it does amuse me how cats if they can't see you think that we can't see them.
|These two are brothers and were having the sort of standoff that our two have - must be a sibling thing.|
I would really recommend a visit to the cat emporium, it's really lovely and it's quite amusing seeing lots of grown adults waving string and cat toys around to try and grab some attention from the regal pussy cats.
|The entrance to the cats hidely holes have frames around them which leads to great pictures|
|Group performing in the street|
As we walked towards the station we had a great view of the Gherkin lit up in the London skyline.
|This is a lovely statue in the station to commemorate the Kindertransport - when Jewish children were evacuated from Europe to Britain|
|Reflected selfie on the tube home|
Pamela & Ken
P.S: Photo that Ken took of Princess Cookie sleeping on Bertie Boo's bed with his toys.