Cat café in London given go ahead
A cat cafe is set to open in London and was given a vital move forward after planning permission was granted.
Lauren Pears who is opening the café was given approval from Tower Hamlets council to open the Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium on Bethnal Green Road in Shoreditch.
Ms Pears has turned to crowd funding to help setup the project and has raised £109,00 for it so far. Her café is set to be the first in London. It will be called The Emproium and will have cats that live there which visitors can stroke and play with while they are having a drink.
All the cats will come as rescues from animal charities across the country.
The only problem is that by law, cats are not allowed near the area where the food is prepared.
The plans submitted show that there are 3 areas. One where customers and cats interact, another where cats can be on their own and a third which is where the food and drink is prepared.
Cat cafes are nothing new around the world. They are incredibly popular and first started appearing in Japan in the 1990’s . More have sprung up in European countries like Austria and Russia recently. They are seen as the perfect place animal lovers can go to relax without needing to purchase a cat.
Already though there is a cat café in England. In May 2013 one opened in Totnes Devon and has 7 cats customers can stroke and look after.
Photo: Melanie Ko