Want to visit the Capital with pooch in-tow? While there are plenty of dog-friendly places about, it’s best to plan ahead.
Here’s some ideas for a great dog-friendly day out for you and your four-legged friend:
Having a wander
London has a surprising amount of green spaces which offer a welcome respite from the concrete jungle of the City. Enjoy some time with your dog in central parks like Hyde Park and Green Park which do allow dogs but there are strict rules about which areas they are permitted. Check out the Royal Parks website for more info.
In Alexandra Palace Park in the North of the Capital you can enjoy panoramic views of London and, Battersea Park to the south of the river, dogs are welcome off the lead and can have a bit of a runabout.
Old Spitalfields Market is a lively cultural hub in London’s East End which is open all year round and straddles the City and trendy Shoreditch. Rummage around the shops and stalls with your dog in tow. There’s plenty of places to grab a bite too.
There’s also lively Highbury & Islington where you can take a stroll down picturesque and car-free Camden Passage filled with antique shops and cafes with the Hound beside you.
Why leave the dog alone when you can go out for some nosh with your furbaby in tow?
Looking for a place where Rover is positively welcome not just tolerated? The Woolpack in Bermondsey has a beer garden, (perfect for summer days) and are so dog- friendly that they have a big ‘dog-friendly’ sticker on their homepage to prove it!
Shake Shack, Covent Garden is a burger joint that has its own ‘woof’ menu which includes a ‘Pooch-ini’ – a dog treat made from vanilla, frozen custard, peanut butter sauce and red velvet dog biscuits. (Just so your furry lunch date doesn’t feel left out of course).
In well-to-do Knightsbridge, if you’re after a traditional cream tea for you and your pooch and want an extra- special treat, you could do worse than a visit to the Egerton House Hotel. It even has a special menu for the doglet with meatloaf, doggy biscuit, ice-cream and a chew toy.
If you’re after Modern European type food, don’t miss Andrew Edmunds, located in an 18th century townhouse in Soho where your four-legged friend is welcome.
Get another perspective of the City with a river boat cruise. Turks offer daily river trips from April to October where dogs are welcome as long as they’re on a lead.
It’s also good to know that dogs are permitted on buses and the underground for free at the discretion of the driver and all assistance dogs are allowed. When travelling underground, dogs need to be carried on the escalator (to avoid damaging their paws) so if you’ve got a big boy or girl on your hands, you may want to try the stairs or lifts if available.