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Sounds Yucky!

Yes it does, to a lot of people but some seem to like it! Fact is that the Rat Café was recently launched by London Dungeon, a place in London which features spook shows and real life exhibits commemorating the more gruesome parts of 1000 years of London’s History. The craze in London for the last ten years has been coffee. Cafés belonging to major chains have been mushrooming everywhere. Londoners have taken to caffeine wholeheartedly, although the latest addition namely Rat Café will probably not be to everybody’s taste.

It cannot be denied that rats are an integral part of London’s history or any city’s history for that matter. It is also true that they have been getting a lot of bad press throughout. A lot of things have been blamed on rats, from The Black Death or Bubonic Plagueof the Middle Ages to the great stink of the Victorian Era. Maybe not all of it was well-deserved, but rats are creatures that are universally detested.However that is neither nor there.

The Rat Café was specially set up by London Dungeon, for a group of rat lovers, the concept was thought up as a response to the current Japanese craze for ‘Cat Cafés’ where patrons can drink coffee in the company of live-in cats. At the Rat Café you have the company of real life rats instead.

To create the right ambience, 18 rats were selected from the London Dungeon’s rat population and were let loose at the Rat Café where they nowlive. The drinks available at the café are the ‘rattuchino’ and ‘ratté’, which you can choose to drink while looking at the rats in a special enclosure, or interactively with the rats roaming free, and perhaps perched on your shoulder.

Another reason for setting up this café is, according to Hywel Mathias is to restore thereputationof rats, which he says, are much-maligned creatures. According to Mr. Mathias the bad reputation of the rats is wholly undeserved, and people need to change their perception. Rats, he says, are actually characterful and fun loving.

Mr. Mathias goes on to say, ‘We have 18 rodents living here, and they are a huge hit with our guests, who get to see them close up in their special display, with giant viewing windows.

‘Our café takes that a step further, and lets people get even closer, handle them, stroke them and really get to know them.’rattéYou can have food here too, if you can ‘stomach’ it. The café offers the Back Forest Rateaux. It will come as a relief to both health officials and patrons that no item in the menu actually contains include rats as an ingredient. You can however enjoy your coffee and food in the company of rats flitting about or climbing around parts of your anatomy, or even perch on your shoulder, if you so desire.

Although as mentioned earlier, the café was set up as a one-off for a special group of rat-loving visitors, the London Dungeon thinks it will be a huge hit and is considering setting it up as a regularevent.

Mr.Hywel says, ‘Judging by first reactions, this pop-up rat café could become a regular date on the eccentric things to do calendar.’

So, what do you think of the idea? Does it gross you out, or do you find the idea interesting, worth giving a shot, or do find rats cute and lovable? If you like the idea, include a visit to the London Dungeon on your next trip to London. But be sure to book your tickets in advance, it’s cheaper that way, and you may be disappointed otherwise, as the show is fully booked.

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