Gemma Collins launches London café encouraging people to be more like cats

Gemma Collins has helped to launch a brand new London cafe, designed to encourage Britons to be more cat-like.

The 42-year-old reality TV star opened the Be A Cat Cafe, a pop-up experience from pet food brand Felix, on Thursday morning.

Speaking about the venue, which has been designed to help members of the public connect with their inner cat in an effort to help manage common causes of anxiety, Collins said: “My beautiful blue-eyed cat, Snowybelle, is everything I love in a cat – mischievous, fun, playful and independent, full of character and fabulous, just like me!

“And that’s why I love her so much, we’re just so alike.

“I’m here for cattitude and think that if people tried being more like a cat, they’d be a lot more chilled out and relaxed.

“Say no to the things you don’t want to do, say yes to being more playful and adventurous, the confidence will then come.”

The black and white-themed cafe, which is designed only for humans and contains no real cats, offers a variety of activities for visitors.

A wool-pit, a relaxing cat nap area and a life-sized cat climbing frame will be available to give members of the public a chance to embrace their inner feline.

Speaking about the new concept, vet, social media sensation and star of the BBC’s Pooch Perfect Bolu Eso, who also attended the opening, said: “Cats are typically known for their outgoing nature and playful temperament which means not only do they make great pets, but they are animals that we as humans can learn a lot from.

“Their personalities can be just as diverse as our own, but what is always clear in my experience is their typical characteristics of being independent, mischievous and loyal are traits that we as humans could take notice of and emulate when we’re feeling anxious or unconfident.”

It comes just days after Gemma left viewers in stitches as she appeared on the Great British Bake Off’s Celebrity special as she couldn’t stop herself from flirting with judge Paul Hollywood.

Speaking to the camera as the competition got underway, Gemma admitted that she was excited to meet Paul, but revealed that it was difficult to focus with her idol so close by.

“The thought of seeing Paul Hollywood is really exciting but I am just going to stay focussed,” she proudly declared, before going on to discuss the “depth” of her sponge and explaining how she’d been a keen fan of Paul for several years.

With her cake successfully made, Gemma than flavoured it with roses, in what she described as a "symbol of her love for Paul Hollywood.”

The Be A Cat Cafe is open to the public for three days from 12pm on March 30 at 15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ. Visitors must book a slot online.


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