Earlier this year, the Cat Cafe craze landed in London, much to the joy of feline fanatics. Now, London Dungeon has added a slightly more unusual twist to the coffee-and-cuddles mindset, by opening a rat cafe.
Tomorrow, for one day only, Londoners can visit a pop-up cafe inside the Dungeon, and get up close and personal with the resident family of rats, under supervision of special keepers.
We had reservations about the hygiene of such matters until we were reassured that the rats are tame and well groomed. The rodents don't come out until all food had been cleared away — although they will watch from their rat runs as you eat — so no need to worry about extracting rat hair from your food. Hand sanitiser is supplied in bulk.
The menu consist of such delights as carrat cake and black forest rateau, washed down by a rattuccino or ratte. It's wordplay central, but rats are friends not food, so no need to worry about crunching on a tail in your cake. Food and drink is included in the £5 ticket price.
It's said that in London, you're never more than six feet from a rat. So why not embrace your neighbours?
Tickets, £5, must be prebooked. Rat Cafe is open 6.30pm-8.30pm on 24 June.