Looking for the best cat cafes in London? I’ve got you purrrfectly covered. Enjoy!
It’s not every day you can combine your coffee with a cute furry friend. Inspired by the cat cafes of Japan and Taiwan, Londoners decided to take their own twist on the matter — birthing, not one, but three lovely cat cafes in London for you to explore.
So, if you’re looking to get up to something a bit different in London, or simply want to chill out with a new crafty kitten, here’s all you need to know.
Whiskers and Creams
Imagine a world where luxury afternoon tea met fancy cats and cozy ambiance — or should I say, welcome to Whiskers and Creams!
Nestled on Holloway Road in the heart of North London, you can enjoy yummy pastries and cakes (with vegan and vegetarian options available) all while being transported to animal heaven. As soon as you’re ready to mingle, you’ll be asked to sanitize your hands, given a brief introduction to your new furry friends, and you’re on your way.
As running a cat cafe is a lot more expensive to run than your average London coffee shop (this is why the former London Cat Village in Shoreditch shut) expect to pay a minimum of £10 for your visit. This directly helps with the cats welfare including food and vet visits.
You can visit for 90 minutes, and rates tend to come in packages. For example, if you want the basic package, you’ll pay £11 (unless you want additional food and drink). But, if you want to extend your pussy time, just pay £3.50 for an extra 30 minutes. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can also combine your cat experience with an evening of prosecco for £46.
Between Molly Rose the tortoiseshell, rescue cats Archibold and Winnie, and the Jack and Jasper duo — a visit to Whiskers and Creams will leave you well-acquainted with their little family of cats, and a bit sad to leave to be honest!
Opening hours: Open 10-5pm on weekdays (except for Wednesday), 10am-5:30pm on weekends,
Address: 593 Holloway Rd, Archway, London N19 4DJ
Closest Station: Upper Holloway Rail Station
A cat emporium meets Instagram dreams — Lady Dinah’s cat cafe opened in 2014 and has no signs of going back. Sprawled across two-story with views of Bethnal Green Road, the East London cat house has a slight ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feeling (that’s also the names of one of the cats) and full-service afternoon tea to match.
Be mindful as you’re not allowed to pick up the cats here (but that’s not to say you can’t give them a good stroke) and as this is one of the more popular cat cafes in London, I’d highly suggest booking in advance.
Similar to Whiskers and Creams, you’ll have to pay a minimum charge here, £15 — minus food and drinks. You can play with your cats and a cuppa for 90 minutes or simply window watch from Bethnal Green Road. This also puts you super close to Beigel Bake and the rest of Shoreditch — so you’ve got plenty to get up to after your feline day.
Opening Hours: Open 12pm-7pm daily (except Wednesday)
Address: 152-154 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6DG
Closest Station: Shoreditch Overground
Read more: 19 Best Things to do in Shoreditch
Look out — there’s a new pussy in town. The new cat cafe is taking Central London by storm, opening late last year with plans to come back with a bang.
The original cat cafe of Sweden, Java Whiskers is as much of a social movement as an animal haven — with a mission to rescue homeless cats and give them a forever home. Real and intimate, a visit to Java will leave you will all the feels, so don’t miss it!
Opening Hours: 10am-8pm daily
Address: 105 Great Portland St, Marylebone, London W1W 6QF
Closest Station: Great Portland Street
Quick Tips for Visiting Cat Cafes in London
• Every cafe with cats usually has their own cat rules, so always check their website before your visit to make sure you’re prepared
• Many cat cafes don’t allow children under 10
• Cat cafes can fill up fast! Make sure you make a reservation or go close to opening time
• Many cat cafes offer the opportunity to take in their rescue cats, if you have the opportunity, consider adopting one!
• In cat fashion, not all cats are friendly, don’t take it personally
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