Dog-Friendly Venues in London
From trendy restaurants to top hotels, here are the places you can take your pampered pooch along for the ride
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The Orange restaurant and hotel in Pimlico is welcoming to well-behaved doggies. It has a menu featuring locally sourced British food, a very friendly staff, and will always provide a water bowl.
Frantolo in World’s End is another dog-friendly spot. Artist Arabella Dorman recommends. ‘"It's one of the few restaurants I can take my dog Zorba, an Irish terrier – I think it’s because he’s a redhead and so is Frantoio’s owner.’
Finks Salt and Sweet, Highbury
'Well behaved dogs and well behaved children' is the policy of this deli-based eatery, though the local grey moggie Max also gets a look-in. In a former Victorian butcher’s, the eclectic decor combines original features with never-ending windows, hitting just the right note of cool. Beyond charming staff and a community of canine regulars will make you and your pooch happy, from breakfast through to dinner.
Upstairs at l'Escargot, Soho
A members club opened in 2014 above the well-established French restaurant in Soho, in six redecorated rooms. Self-confessed amis du chien (as is clear from the abundance of canine portraits coating the walls) they invite dogs to enjoy the delicacies on offer - they even eat free on Sundays.
Maggie Jones, Notting Hill
The rustic and relaxed Maggie Jones has a warm, friendly atmosphere, tucked away in a cul-de-sac just a five minute walk from Notting Hill Gate. Over its forty years it’s had regular visits from Princess Anne (under the alias ‘Maggie Jones’, hence the name) and has hardly changed since its first opening. The rough-hewn wooden tables and classic British menu make it a homely spot for peckish owners and their pooches.
If you think your dog deserves more than water at the end of the day, Smith & Whistle has recently introduced a 'dogtail' menu to complement its wide range of human meals and drinks. The menu features four nutritional drinks for dogs, including the 'Bubbly Bow Wow', an elderflower herbal infusion topped with blueberries.
The Narrow Boat, Islington
Situated directly on Regents Canal, this pub offers one of the best views available to a dog. Sea-faring pups will be given a bowl of water and some biscuits.
Blakes Hotel, Kensington
Planning an overnight visit and discouraged by the idea of kennels? Blakes is the perfect solution. This small, luxurious hotel is more than welcoming to canine visitors. They will provide your pet with a bed, bowl set, litter box and a toy upon request, and have plenty of advice about dog-friendly places in the area.
For those who don't like leaving their pets at home but need their daily dose of meditation comes Doga, a slightly bonkers new trend from across the pond that's taking London by storm. DogaMahny aims to encourage bonding between humans and their pets through the ancient practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly
Wanting to catch the latest new releases with man's best friend? The Picturehouse Central have a programme of dog-friendly film screenings on offer. Dogs will be provided with a bowl of water to drink while enjoying the film, and a blanket so they can sit on a seat next to their owner.
This accessory boutique for cats and dogs claims to purvey the latest in pet trends. They’ve got some snug-looking knitwear for winter weather.
This luxury animal accessories brand provide only the very best for your pet, from monogrammed leather collars to personalised framed portraits of your pooch. They even have a vintage finds section for dogs with a truly individual style.
The Pet Spa, Fulham
Since Harrods’ Pet Kingdom closed its doors, dog owners have been on the hunt for a new high end emporium to treat their canine friends. Fulham's Pet Spa fits the bill with grooming, personalised health checks, and a selection of stylish accessories.