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Londoners fall in love with cat cafe

Published on Mar 29, 2014 1:28 AM
 

LONDON (Reuters) - People like coffee and people love cats so together they make the paws that refresh at a London cat cafe that is so popular it's booked out until June.

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium on the fringe of London's financial district is cashing in on an idea first popularised in Japan to allow stressed-out workers to wind down by stroking a cat while sipping a cappuccino or latte - or tea, if you prefer.

"The idea is you can come have a peaceful lunch or high tea and be surrounded by cats. If you're lucky one of them will fall asleep on your lap," said Anna Kogan, an investment banker who is co-owner of Dinah's along with Australian Lauren Pears.

Part-financed by a crowdfunding campaign which raised more than 109,000 pounds (S$228,000) in less than two months, the cafe, which opened its doors on March 1, is already a runaway success.

 
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