Inside London's First Cat Cafe

The $8.50 cover charge hasn't stopped feline-lovers from flocking to Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium.

London's first cat cafe opened last month in the city's Shoreditch district. If you've been on the Internet the last couple of years, its success shouldn't come as a surprise.

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium charges an $8.50 cover (which helps pay for cat food and medical care) and limits each patron visit to no more than two hours (flash photography is prohibited). No one under 8-years-old is allowed because, according to the website, "the cats are afraid of children."

Despite the restrictions, the cafe still manages to attract an incredible amount of visitors, and is entirely booked through June.

Unlike the playroom atmospheres of Japan's cat cafes, Nate Lanxon of Wired describes Lady Dinah's as "a cafe that just happens to be full of cats," filled with the eclectic furniture, baristas, and a wait staff. The Cat Emporium has 11 felines, all donated. Owner Anna Kogan tells Reuters that they hope to adopt more but need approval from the local council first.

And don't worry jealous canine lovers. The hangout of your dreams isn't far away. Shoreditch is also getting its own dog cafe, Happiness of Hounds, at some point later this year.

Cats stare out of a window at the Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium in London March 28, 2014.  (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
A cat sits on a chair at the Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium in London March 28, 2014.  (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
A visitor to the Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium takes a photograph of a cat in London March 28, 2014.  (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
A table is seen at the Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium in London March 28, 2014.  (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
A cat sits on a table at the Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium in London March 28, 2014.  (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
A visitor to the Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium takes a photograph of a cat in London March 28, 2014.  (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
A cat sits on a shelf at the Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium in London March 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
A visitor to the Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium plays with a cat in London March 28, 2014.  (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) 
A cat sits on the floor at the Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium in London March 28, 2014.  (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
A cat uses a wheel at Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium in London March 28, 2014.  (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

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