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London's first feline cafe offers coffee, cake and cats

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Rejoice, feline fans - London's first cat cafe is opening in Shoreditch soon.

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium is the first of its kind in the capital and is based on the huge success of similar concepts in Japan and China.

Guests here "will have the opportunity to kick back and relax with a cup of tea and spend time in the soothing company of our purring feline friends."

Visitors pay a cover charge of £5 and can choose from a selection of delicious cakes, hot drinks and 11 cats to pet. The four-legged friends in question are rescue cats and are lovingly provided for within the emporium. They can choose to either hang out with cafe visitors or head into the two-storey cats-only back garden for privacy and a minute to themselves.

Lady Dinah's is brainchild of entrepreneur Lauren Pears, who turned to crowd sourcing to raise £109,000 for the project. The idea is that the cats are provided a place to be cared for and nurtured in, at the same time as allowing people who don't have the room or facilities for pets at home the opportunity to spend some time with the animals.

On arrival, visitors must check into a "hygiene room" where they are greeted by a "chief cat carer" who will lay down ground rules and ask guests to wash their hands.

People can feed the cats with select snacks but must check with those in charge whether they're able to first - "so please do follow their advice so that we can keep our felines sleek and svelte, as they should be," Lady Dinah's website explains.

Take a look at the video below to find out more about the project, as well as the cats involved.

Photos: Rex Features

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