Dog friendly days out in London

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! MRestaurant 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. To help wash it all down, take your pooch with you to Smith & Whistle in Piccadilly for some ‘Dogtails’ worth paws-ing for. The renowned ‘dog-friendliest’ bar in London serves up scrummy Poochie Coladas and Bubbly Bow Wows alongside a full compliment of human drinks too.

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London Central Waterloo

London Central Covent Garden

London Central Southwark

dog days out in London

Pooch playtime

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. For some proper Crufts-style prep )and showing off) Mile End Park has its own Dog Agility Park with lots of equipment great for all dogs big and small. Once you’ve finished showing off the latest tricks, you can head out for a relaxing stroll along the Regents Canal.

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London Chigwell


London Mile End

Canine capers

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. Paawstival is arguably the must-do activity for the canine calendar taking place in September 2021, while Tower Bridge will be hosting a special one day VIPooch day event in June.

Stay in Central London

Check out our pet-friendly hotels in London. Pets are charged at £20 per stay. Guide and hearing dogs are exempt from this charge.