London's first owl-themed cocktail bar to open in Soho

London's vibrant pop-up scene will see an "Owl Bar" added to the mix as the British capital's first ever bird-themed bar opens for one week only from 19-25 March.

Annie the Owl – the name of the bar as well as the "queen" of the owls – invites guests to get up close and personal with the creatures while enjoying a cocktail or two in Soho.

The concept, which is based on Tokyo's popular owl cafés, has already proved to be a hit with Brits. Nearly 25,000 people have applied for tickets through a ballot system, which will see the successful selection of bird enthusiasts get two hours with their feathered friends and two cocktails for £20.

According to the website, guests will "meet Annie and her friends and enjoy some music, comedy and the electric atmosphere of this one time only bar in Soho".

All of the owls have been trained to be around the public and will be accompanied by a professional falcon trainer. Due to the nocturnal nature of the owls, the bar will be open night hours only from 8pm to 2am.

In response to concerns about animal safety, Annie the Owl have issued a statement saying that "all possible measures are being taken to safeguard the welfare of owls", adding, "The organisers have also made sure the noise and background music will be kept to minimal and an owl will only have around 10-12 members of public around him/her at a given time."

Sam Sheiky, 32, events curator, said: "It is for a good cause and Londoners will have fun. We have spent lots of time taking care of animal welfare and making sure the owls will be comfortable."

The bar, which runs from 19-25 March, will raise money for The Barn Owl Centre in Gloucestershire.

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