There’s no need to leave your pooch back at home while you take in the sights of the Big Smoke! From blustery walks in Battersea to a pup-friendly Sunday brunch, we’ve sniffed out all the best pet-loving places for you and your four-legged chum – just remember the doggy bags!
Home to Battersea Dog’s And Cat’s Home, the UK’s oldest and most famous animal rescues, Battersea tops the list of pooch-friendly areas in the capital. Thought of by many as one of London’s most interesting parks, you and your fluffy friend will love exploring the historic grounds of the 200 acre inner city park. With plenty of open spaces and woodland areas at your feet, an afternoon spent here is a dream for both you and your pet. When it’s time for a tea break, indulge in some home-style Italian food at La Gondola al Parco by the lake. You and your pup can sit outside and watch the ducks and boats in the sunshine.
2. Dog Mahny Yoga
Fancy a workout that doesn’t mean leaving your pooch back at home? Then Doga is perfect. Join Manhy and her Maltese for a unique experience that helps you bond with your pup as you get fit. Both of you will benefit from the calming experience, which helps with sleep and digestion, and within 6 sessions your stress level will decrease as well as your loyal companions. There are Doga workshops in Camden or you can even book a private ‘paw-to-paw’ session.
3. The Society Club
The Society Club, Soho, is a hotspot for both art lovers and their canine companions. Combining a gallery, bookstore and cocktail bar, this bohemian hideaway is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Flick through a collection of rare books while enjoying a well-earned coffee break. Your pooch doesn’t have to miss out on the luxury either, there’s organic dog food and liver treats on hand. And if you find yourself there without your four-legged friend, you can still enjoy the company of their resident pooches, Molly, Monty and Modesty.
4. The Pet Spa
Situated in the up-market Chelsea borough, The Pet Spa is the go-to for luxurious canine treatments. The pet-pampering salon offers an exclusive selection of indulgent spa treatments to ensure that your precious pooch is left feeling relaxed and refreshed. There’s everything from a blueberry and vanilla doggy facial to an aromatherapy bath and body massage.
5. Shake Shack
Need a quick lunch spot that your pooch will equally love? At Shake Shack, dogs can indulge in a ‘Pooch-ini’ – made up from ShackBurger dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard. This tasty treat is set to get tails wagging, meaning you can enjoy your own burger and fries without a pair of glaring eyes wanting a piece of your meal! There’s one in Stratford, Covent Garden and New Oxford Street – so take your pick!
6. Gaucho Hampstead’s Doggy Sunday Brunch
Start off a lazy Sunday the right way with a leisurely brunch. The Hampstead branch of restaurant chain Gaucho runs a Doggy Sunday brunch party on the first Sunday of every month. Owners can enjoy a three-course set menu at £35, including a cocktail or glass of champagne, ceviche, Argentine beef, and a desert, while pampered pooches are. given complimentary pet nutritionist-approved beef and chicken empanadas, a water bowl and a goodie bag (or should that be doggy bag!?) to take home with them. What’s more, £5 per dog is donated to an animal charity.
7. Greenwich Park
Spend a sunny afternoon strolling around Greenwich Park with your pup. At almost 13 acres and home to the pretty Queen’s Orchard, scenic London dog walks don’t get much better than this. After a few games of fetch, finish the trip with a snack in the peaceful Pavillion Tea House.
8. The Red Lion & Sun
Out and about in the Hampstead area? Then The Red Lion & Sun is the ideal stop off for a bite to eat with your four-legged friend. Boasting two beer gardens, it’s a great little place to relax outdoors during the summer, and you can cosy up next to the wood burning fire come winter. Your pet will also be made to feel extra special here, as the owners take photos of all their canine regulars, including house dog Sylvester and Kate Moss’s dog Archie the Anvil. They’ll even enjoy pigs’ ears and fresh water while you tuck into your delicious pub grub.
9. Andrew Edmunds
Andrew Edmunds was established in 1986, and this quaint little eatery is considered one of the last bastions of ‘old Soho’. The relaxed and informal atmosphere here has meant it has been an attraction for customers and their furry friends for years, and the seasonal menu and reasonably priced wine list have ensured its popularity. Water bowls can be provided on request and your pooch can even order meaty dishes off the menu.
10. The Globe
The Globe Pub and Dining Room is a dog-friendly haven amid the bustle of lively Covent Garden. A moments walk away from the Piazza, it is the ideal location for a bite to eat after a wander around the theatre district. Enjoy freshly prepared Calamari Fritti and succulent Marinated Olives on the outdoor covered terrace and watch the world go by.