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Afternoon tea at London Cat Village
47 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3QB

Why: In one of the capital’s trendiest districts, London Cat Village serves afternoon tea surrounded by countless resident felines. For the ultimate homey touch, trade shoes for comfy slippers at the door, and settle in for weekly film screenings on Wednesday evenings.

What to order: Serving up traditional teatime treats throughout the day, the London Cat Village menu includes elaborately decorated cakes, warming hot drinks and cooling iced coffees. Tempting desserts served in delicate glassware offer extra-level indulgence.

Look out for: Plush rainbow-coloured bean bags and split-tree-trunk tables are dotted through the dining room at London Cat Village, and springy artificial grass is felt underfoot.