which is Londons first cat cafe! A cat cafe is basically what it says
on the tin, a normal cafe, but with cats casually strolling around for
you to play with.
Being a massive cat lover it was the land of dreams
for me, or so I thought! I felt incredibly lucky to have booked a time
slot for the weekend only a few weeks in advance, as there’s usually a
few months of a waiting list. So we’d booked our time slot for 4.30pm on
the Saturday afternoon after our shopping trip.
and were greeted in a hot little room where we were told the ‘rules’ of
the premises, which was basically not to bother the cats if they are
sleeping, which seems very fair to me. We were then asked to wash our
hands, paid £5 each as the entry fee, and then made our way through to
the main cafe. I didn’t really mind paying the £5 fee, as it’s not a normal cafe, and this charge goes towards to care of the cats.
cafe, which already had quite a few people seated, and we weren’t told
where to sit, or even that there was a basement down the stairs with
more seating. So we gingerly went and sat at a table for two near to the
window, although we weren’t sure if this table was already taken. We
then kind of sat around for about 15 minutes waiting for something to
happen. The atmosphere was a little bit weird to be honest. The staff
were fine, but their customer service skills could do with brushing up a
little bit. There were a few cats asleep in the window, but there was
none walking around or playing, but maybe they had had a busy day! I liked the decor of the cafe, which had a vintage kind of theme to it, and I loved the vintage crockery the cakes came out on!
a while a staff member came over and asked us what we would like to
order to eat or drink. This was fine, except we hadn’t been given a menu
in the first place to pick from. So she went off to find us a menu, and
then came back again, and then went off again whilst we picked. I picked
a carrot cake and a Fentimans lemonade, and Liam requested a Forrero
Rocher cake, and a different lemonade.
When the waitress came back
again, we made our order, and everything seemed fine. She then returned
to tell us they hadn’t got either drinks left, so we picked
alternatives. She then returned once more to tell us the cakes weren’t
available either, so we stuck to simple Victoria Sponge Cake and a
Vanilla Cupcake (a bit boring and horrendously expensive.. £3.95 for a slice of cake and £2.80 for a cupcake). It was
annoying that she hadn’t bothered to check and tell us the stock levels
before we ordered. So we had to make a rather rash decision for
alternatives, which weren’t great.
wasn’t good, nor was the atmosphere, the price, or the staff. So what
about the cats? There is a total of 11 rescue cats living at the cafe, 8
of whom are related. I have read a few reviews where people say the
cats seemed unhappy and not very well looked after. But to me the cats
seemed perfectly content, they were all snoozing away and a few enjoyed a
little stroke from keen visitors.
They had lots of places to play and
rest, and there was lots of places for them to hide too, away from
bothersome guests. We didn’t get to see too many cats, nor have much
interaction, but I didn’t mind this, you can’t control the cats. I liked
having them around, and they were interesting to watch when they were
awake, and they seemed pretty happy to me! I think we probably only saw about 5 of the cats in total, even when I went downstairs to find them they were no where to be seen.