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7 Adorable Animal Cafés Worth Visiting in the UK

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Landlord won’t allow you to have pets? Well, here’s the next best thing: animal cafés. We can’t think of a more wholesome sight than to be surrounded by dogs, cats and kittens whilst having a coffee. It’s also great for stress relief. Did you know that a Washington State University study showed that stroking a cat or dog can significantly reduce stress levels within 10 minutes? These are the UK’s cutest animal cafés.

7 Adorable Animal Cafés Worth Visiting in the UK

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, London


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As the UK’s longest-running cat café, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium has got the animal café concept down to a tee; a cat-tastic refuge complete with cosy dreamlike interiors, countless cat toys and delightful drinks and sweets (for the humans). Book in for a spot of afternoon tea – think Battenburg cakes, fluffy raisin scones and finger sandwiches – whilst interacting with the cafe’s family of fluffy rescue cats, from sibling kittens Mountolive and Balthazaar to Del-Boy who likes to lounge high up on the shelves. ladydinahs.com

Paws for Coffee, London

Providing both a ‘human’ and ‘dog’ menu (including the fabulously named: puppacinos), Paws for Coffee d0esn’t skimp on the details. Set up by Louise Rawlinson, having been a dog walker and trainer for 17 years, training thousands of dogs, set up the dog friendly cafe out of her passion for these animals. You’ll have to bring in your own dog for this one. pawsforcoffee.co.uk

Verve London Pet Boutique


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For just £5 per person (with a minimum spend of £10), you can indulge in a treat at the café, as well as enjoy playing and relaxing with the dogs, cats and birds. They offer rather intriguingly host outlandish dog parties that include a red carpet option, so for those wanting to really go OTT with it all, this looks like the place for you. verge-london.com

Pup Up Café

Whether you have a pup or not, everyone is welcome to the Pup Up Café. The canine-inspired organisation hosts breed-specific and ‘open to all’ dog events across the UK, transforming regular cafés into pup paradise. Their Daschund Café’s have been taking social media by storm, in which up to 50 adorable sausage dogs (and owners) come together for tasty treats, unlimited puppuccinos, competitions – best dressed! – with plenty of tunnels and toys for the pups to play with. Don’t miss their Pug and Frenchie pop-ups too! pupup.cafe

Dog and Scone, Newcastle

Described as ‘heaven for dog lovers’, Newcastle’s Dog and Scone welcomes guests to come delight in teas and treats – from hot toasties to warm scones, iced coffees and white chocolate milk – alongside their eight darling resident dogs, from Yuki the Yorkshire Terrier to Noodle the longhaired mini dachshund. dogandscone.com

You & Meow, Bristol

Honing in on the therapeutic effects felines can have on humans, Bristol’s first ever cat café, You & Meow provides a wellbeing centre of sorts for both their guests and resident cats – or ‘zen masters’ – to step away from the fast-moving world and relax. Japanese garden-inspired interiors generate a tranquil and calming ambience in which visitors can interact and learn from, what the café describes as ‘the companionship of the most intuitive beings.’ youandmeow.co.uk

Pug Café

The ultimate in pop-up pug events, the Pug Café tours the UK hosting brunches, lunches and beyond for dog lovers, owners and their precious pups to attend. But don’t be deceived by the name – the team also hosts an array of other breed specific events, including a Daschund, Frenchie and Cockapoo Café. pugcafe.com

The Long Dog Café, Aberdeen

Though this homey Aberdeen coffee shop isn’t explicitly an animal café, it is inspired and named after a dog; more specifically a gorgeous sausage dog named Big Gav. Now he is joined by a beautiful second sausage, Linda. Ever since its inception, the café has welcomed and encouraged pups of all shapes and sizes to come in and enjoy the cafe’s cosy interiors, whilst their humans indulge in the likes of sausage softies and avocado toast. Check out their adorable Instagram to see which lucky pups have recently been visiting. thelongdogcafe.co.uk

Cat Café, Manchester

Inspiring Brits to ‘be more cat’, the Cat Café in Manchester knows all about the benefits of human and cat companionship; reduced stress, better sleep, therapeutic purrs, the list goes on. Escape the urban jungle and join the café’s beautiful family of felines for a remedial afternoon of petting and purring. catcafe.co.uk

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