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.