Fancy visiting the capital with your crufts-worthy, perfect pooch in tow? We’ve put together a quick dog friendly day out guide so you can enjoy the capital with your canine sidekick.
A dog’s dinner
Dogs not being allowed in to sample some amazing London cuisine?- No way José! José Pizarro’s restaurant in Bermondsey offers creative, comforting and delicious Spanish food to tickle the taste buds of your best four-legged friend as well as you. What’s more, your pooch will get a special pampered experience with a fresh bowl of water on arrival, and a special reserved seat by the window so they can munch and watch the world and its dogs go by. Another super doggy friendly restaurant is MRestaurant, who believe that your dog is truly your best friend, and why would you not take your best friend out for food? If your dog fancies brushing tails with their resident waggy-tailed waiter, Hudson, then trot on down on a Saturday where M will welcome you both for a special doggy brunch menu.There’s some amazing food for the humans including world class steaks such as Japanese Kobe and Australian Wagu as well as a sustainable plant based menu, and irresistable dishes for your puppy pal too such as bone marrow risotto and black pudding granola.
Taking your pooch out for a walk or a run is known to be just as good for you, the owner, than it is for them. So, don’t be put off by the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of green open spaces to play with your furry friend in the city. Parks like the ones in the grounds of Alexandra Palace and Chiswick House offer a little retreat of pretty grasslands and woodlands to explore, and water features to admire away from the busy city life. If you have more of an active pooch, it may be worth exploring the more vast expanses of Epping Forest or Lea Valley with their thousands of acres of space to run, play and have a good sniff about in. Epping Forest is one of London’s largest open spaces and with a mix of woodland lakes and streams, as well as the original Hunting Lodge commissioned by Henry VIII in the 16th Century, there’s a lot to keep you and your dog active and curious. Lea Valley spans from East India Dock through Essex and Hertfordshire along the River Lee, passing Walthamstow Marsh Reserve National Park, and even crossing the path of a 500m dog agility park so you can admire the stunning scenery of the city outskirts, while getting in some Crufts show training in with your four-legged friend.
You may think that bringing your dog on a trip to London means staying away from the tourist hotspots, however this is no longer the case. If your trips in the car are anything to go by, then your pooch pal loves to feel the breeze on their face, and to investigate their surroundings. With this in mind, a river cruise along the Thames may be just the ticket for you both. Boat companies such as City Cruises and Circular Cruises will gladly accommodate your dog (as long as it’s well behaved) so while they catch the city breeze, you can catch some interesting stories from London’s illustrious history. Both City Cruises and Circular Cruises start their journey from Westminster, which is easily accessible by tube. If your furry friend loves a full social calendar, The DogVine has put together a dog events calendar so you can both be on the lookout for new dog brunches to attend, new dogs to meet and bark-tastic pop up events to wag your way to. Dog yoga in Southampton Row, near Holborn tube station, is sure to be a favourite and a great chance to paws and get some quality R&R together, while doggy bingo in Houndsditch near Aldgate tube station is a chance to have some fun, bark along to the special canine bingo calls and strive for that full house.