If you’re looking for something a bit little different when popping out for a coffee or a cake, you could do a lot worse than checking out these weird and wonderful establishments.
From sitcom inspired hang-outs to ’30s hideaways, Catherine Nangle takes a look at 6 strange café’s where you’ll experience a cuppa in a whole new way.
This beautiful café provides a much needed dose of escapism in the busy south-west corner of London. It’s an Egyptian themed haven complete with its own constructed tent, tranquil shisha garden, traveller’s lounge with games, and even a dressing room. Let the North African décor transport you to another realm, head down to the basement for the eclectic live music, or pull up one of their plush cushions to enjoy some treats such as Turkish coffee and sweet puddings in this unique, atmospheric space.
88 Landor Road, Clapham , London SW99PE Tel: 0207 207 0926 (Website)
The Whim Wham Café
Think 1930’s glamour: gin cocktails, vintage décor, burlesque and live music. Sounds fun right? Nestled under one of Manchester’s railway arches and offering a welcome change from the metropolis, alongside the impressive aesthetics, are delicious breakfast, brunches and dinners, sophisticated cocktails, and tea and cake served up in adorable pots. Ideal for a post-dinner espresso Martini – or a day out on the town with friends.
Arch 64, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5WQ Tel: 0161 236 0930 (Website)
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium
It’s hard not to get excited about this one: a café where you sip tea surrounded by furry feline friends. Yep, this place is all the rage for cat lovers. Lady Dinah follows the Japanese trend of cat cafés, and invites you to join them for tea and cake while playing with and cuddling the eleven cats that reside there. With the animals’ welfare in mind, you can imagine they have a number of rules, but don’t let it stop you booking a spot! Go and enjoy the vintage décor, lovely English tea, and play with some of the friendliest cats around. Remember to book before you go.
152-154 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E26DG Tel: 020 772 909 53 (Website)
Experience fashionable afternoon tea at this Parisian-style café near Birmingham. The interior is unforgettable, with vintage-style black and white floor tiles, exposed brickwork and lace-cloth dressed tables. The tables line Victorian arcade shop windows with beautiful dresses inside. The friendly staff are dressed in black and white uniforms, and you really get a feel of sophisticated glamour and fun in this place. You can even treat yourself to a classy glass of champagne!
Kenilworth Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 0JA Tel: 0156 4779 491 (Website)
The brain-child of two people who felt people need to talk more about a certain difficult subject, these are spread throughout Europe – and it’s a pretty unusual concept. It’s a meeting place for people (often strangers) to meet, drink tea and discuss death. If it does interest you, then go to their website to find your nearest spot, and breathe some new life into a pretty morbid topic.
Various locations in the UK (Website)
Finally! A café based on our favourite American sitcom, Friends. A New York themed coffee shop offering a range of delicious treats and drinks for you to try – all while pretending you’re back in the 90’s listening to Phoebe sing ‘Smelly Cat’. They have regular parties and even Friends quizzes, so it’s the perfect spot for fans of the show to relive some of their favourite moments over a coffee.
3b Hatton Garden, Liverpool, L3 2AN Tel: 0151 236 6799 (Website)