London Cat Village, 47 Rivington Street, EC2A 3QB
If you’re looking for one of the quirkiest café’s in London and love felines then this is the perfect place for a lunch date with friends.
There are some ‘house rules’ regarding how to interact with the 15 cats that are onsite, and as you go in you are expected to remove your shoes and replace them with a glamorous pair of bright pink flip flops. The ground floor is quite spacious with only about four tables; my friend and I were lucky enough to be allocated a bench complete with a fury friend. I ordered the chocolate and beetroot cake and an iced rose latte. The coffee was deliciously fresh and the cake gorgeous – who knew beetroot worked in
A staircase led to another floor of tables, the kitchen, and the cats’ ‘safe space’. Had we been allocated a table here I don’t think our experience would have been as enjoyable as all the cats on this floor were in their private area; although, even those on our floor were sleeping and so we were not allowed to interact with them as much as we would have liked to. It is a novel café, however it is not a place to regularly return to due to the time constraint of an hour and the cost of the experience before adding on food/drinks!
Note: Best to book in advance as they get rather busy. £5 entry fee pp (expected), plus £3.50 service charge (unexpected!)
Brick Lane Vintage Market, E1 6QL
After the cat café, we decided to take a stroll through Spitalfields Market and the vintage shops along Brick Lane. The atmosphere of these areas is truly creative. The ‘street art’ or ‘graffiti’ – depending on your opinion – adds to the artistic vibe of the streets laden with inspiring quotes to brighten up your day.
The Brick Lane vintage market hosts numerous stores supplying different styles of vintage clothing and accessories. Quite frankly this was a maze I would be more than happy to get lost in! The clothes are affordable and of a high quality. A Pooh Bear jumper stole my heart but I managed to restrain myself – the embroidered Disney selection was by far the cutest. The best feature of the market though must be the photo booth – £3 for 4 shots. We managed to screw this one up the first time as it doesn’t show you the image the lens is going to take, so Sammie didn’t quite squash herself in. There’s no countdown either so the images can be completely candid.
Second time round, we got it right… almost.
Find Rachel Deakin perhaps being won over by other animal-based cafes @rachelsophiex0