Search for cat cafe venue continues as West Hampstead plans collapse
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It was set to be pussies galore in West Hampstead, but plans to open a jungle-themed “cat café” have fallen through after the business was gazumped at the eleventh hour.
Ginger and Toms was meant to open in Broadhurst Gardens, but would-be proprietor Anna Kogan Nasser was outbid by another business the day before she was due to collect the keys.
The former city trader and animal welfare campaigner said she was determined to find alternative premises, where she plans to have around a dozen moggies for cat-loving customers to pet while they enjoy their coffee.
She said: “Today I feel very disappointed as we were all set and then it fell through at the last minute. But these things happen, and I will find somewhere else. I hope it will still be in West Hampstead, as I live here, but we may have to look elsewhere.”
Ms Nasser assured fellow animal lovers that no cats had been made homeless in the process.
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She said: “We hadn’t got the cats yet, as we weren’t planning to open until October, so we were going to do the place up before the cats moved in.”
The former Lehman Brothers employee left the city after eight years and founded a charity, Big Hearts Foundation, to campaign for animal rights.
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She co-founded London’s first ever cat café, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, in Bethnal Green last year, although she has since sold her share of the business.