This year saw the opening of a ‘cat café’ in London. The concept comes from Japan and, rather than being a café where your kitty can get a latte and a salmon sandwich, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium allows guests to come along and enjoy the company of the eleven resident cats.
While that often means getting on with your kaffeeklatch as nonplussed cats snooze in the background, it’s been a big hit with cat lovers everywhere who take pleasure in simply watching the furry critters doze.
There are plenty of London hotels that are happy to have your pets to stay, but animals aren’t always happy to travel. If you choose to leave your beloved pet at home and start to miss them, or perhaps aren’t able to have pets at home, there are also a few London properties where you can borrow their own resident animals.
You’re unlikely to find a cat or dog roaming around any of the larger hotels, but there are several options if you go the B&B or boutique hotel route.
Colourful Russell’s bed and breakfast in Hackney is home to Reggie the whippet, who happily curls up on the sofa in the guest lounge. The stylish residence is a modern take on traditional B&Bs, decorated with pieces spanning the last hundred years and offering a revamped English breakfast, cooked to order using local ingredients.
The studios and apartments at Vancouver Studios in Bayswater have a resident cat milling around. Zeus the ginger tabby can be found lounging in the gardens and on the sofa in the lounge room. The Studios offer public areas representing an original London townhouse, with light and modern guestrooms. Fully serviced studios with kitchens and bathrooms with power showers accommodate one, two or three people, while one, two and three bed apartments are on offer too.
At The Colonnade in Little Venice, another hotel cat can be found wandering about in the public areas.
Aside from the enjoyment of giving Minnie the hotel cat a good head-scratch, the townhouse hotel is in a beautiful location. Between Regent’s Canal and the Paddington section of the Grand Union Canal, this watery location near Maida Vale is a gem. Offering calm and tranquillity away from Central London, it’s the perfect place to curl up with a cat in your lap.
So if you just can’t bear to spend your stay in London without regular cuddling sessions with a pooch or kitty, perhaps borrowing a hotel pet is the next best thing to taking your own. Alternatively, a visit to the cat café will surely satisfy any cat lover.
Photo credits: Petteri Sulonen, Russell’s of Clapton, The Colonnade.