Cat-lovers travelling through London, can starting planning an amazing pub crawl around the city with a new book featuring the cats that call the city’s public houses home.
London Pubcats is a new book by Vicky Lane and Tim White that is described as a “pictorial tribute to the hardworking felines that provide furrily companionable, safely mouse-free environments for drinkers in the UK capital”. The book notes that for many people living in tiny flats around the city, heading to a pub with a cat is the best way to enjoy some feline company. The book focuses on the furry residents and their lives at pubs like the Southampton Arms in Kentish Town, where the two resident cats go by multiple names, but are often called Pork Pie and Scratchings, in honour of the pub’s snack offerings.
Featured in the book are incredible cats like Lily, who passes the days at Ravenscourt Park’s Anglesea Arms, though she doesn’t actually live there. Lily shows up to the pub at opening time most days to laze around the drinking hole until it closes. Lily is a fan of the pub’s prawns, and some regulars even buy her a half-pint pass of prawns, which she apparently prefers to have peeled for her.
Duchess, who lives at the Duke of Hamilton in Hampstead, turned up at the pub one day and never left, and “now she rules the place from her Union Jack cushioned throne”, according to the book.
Nelson, who hangs out at Tapping the Admiral, apparently doesn’t do too much. However, the bar is known for its ale and having an adorable cat there is probably enough to bring customers through the door.
And while customers grow fond of pub cats, their owners are equally smitten. Billie is such a beloved pub cat that the landlady of the Nags Head, Flossie Parsons, held a wedding between Billie and fellow pub cat Harvey. To find out exactly where to drink to hang out with cats, the book is available from the publisher Paradise Road.