Britain is a nation full of dog lovers. A survey carried out in 2019, found that 26% of all adults in the UK owned one or more dogs, equating to an estimated 9.9 million of them! (source).
Those of us who choose to have a dog in our lives more often than not would describe them as part of the family, with many even admitting to prefer spending time with them over our significant other or children!
As one of the most dog friendly places in the world, it might be surprising to find that dogs are not always welcome in many a British establishment, even though there is no law in the UK that excludes dogs from F&B or retail establishments. Having said that, up and down the country, (for this article we are going to concentrate on London) there are also many places that would be happy to welcome Fido, with some even giving them VIP status too! But which is which?
Of course it could be a simple matter of walking in and asking if you happen to be out and about with your four legged friend, but more often than not a bit of forward planning is needed before you set out to avoid a wasted trip or embarrassment when you are turned away.
Frustratingly many businesses don’t have an official pet policy or make the one that they do have very accessible online, making research feel like more leg work than its worth and all before you or your pup have even stepped out of the front door. But fear not, Twostomachs has done the research for you and compiled a list of the best places in London, grouped by area, that would be happy to welcome both you and your four legged friend(s). We’ve included accommodation in the list and even tell you what level of “dog friendliness” to expect from each establishment as not all “pet friendliness” is equal! Using our guide, its perfectly possible to plan a full day out or even a week in London without having to leave your fur baby at home.
- Dogs should be well behaved and kept on a leash whilst in public (whilst many people love dogs, there are also some that are afraid or do not like them).
- Always pick up after your dog.
- To ensure avoid disappointment, it is always best to phone/book in advance and mention that you are bringing your dog when visiting most establishments as availability to accommodate them can be limited. This is especially so if your dog is a large one or if you will have multiple dogs.
- Make use of the London Underground and bus networks which offer free travel for accompanied dogs.
Kensington & Chelsea
Food and beverages
Brindisa – Brindisakitchens.com | Spanish Tapas | 7-9 Exhibition Road, SW7 2HE | +44 207 590 0008 | Dogs welcome at the alfresco dining area, water bowls provided. See the TwoStomachs full review of Tapas Brindisa.
Colbert – ColbertChelsea.com | French style neighbourhood cafe | 50-52 Sloane Square, SW1W 8AX | +44 20 7730 2804 | Dogs welcome at the bar area, water and doggie treats provided.
Daphne’s – Daphnes-restaurant.co.uk | Italian restaurant | 112 Draycott Ave, Chelsea, SW3 3AE | 020 7589 4257 | Small dogs (no bigger than a Springer Spaniel) are warmly welcomed into the restaurant’s conservatory to sit by their humans under the table during lunch service between 12pm-5pm daily. Water bowls provided. Dogs are expected to adhere to a strict code of conduct. See the TwoStomachs full review of Daphne’s restaurant.
Egerton House Hotel – Egertonhousehotel.com | Hotel tearoom | 17-19 Egerton Terrace, SW3 2BX | +44 20 7589 2412 | Dogs welcome, and they offer a doggy afternoon tea for £25. Click for full pet policy.
M – mrestaurants.co.uk | Bar and Grill | Zig Zag building 74 Victoria Street, SW1E 6SQ | +44 20 3327 7776 | Well behaved dogs welcome any time. A doggie menu also provided during Saturday lunchtimes (Full pet policy)
The Orange – theorange.co.uk | Public House and Hotel| 37-39 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8NE | +44 20 7881 9844 | Dogs welcome in the downstairs pub, book to avoid disappointment.
B+B Belgravia – bb-belgravia.com | 64-66 Ebury Street, SW1W 9QD | +44 20 7259 850 | Dogs welcome to stay with a £50 refundable deposit in case of accidents. Bowls, beds and treats provided. Dogs are also welcome in the Lounge but not the breakfast area. Click for the full paws policy.
Hotel 41 – Hotel41.com| 41 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W OPS | +44 20 7300 0041 | Not only do they welcome dogs, but strive to make sure that your pets every need is catered for in every way. Expect a five star VIP (Very Important Pet) full on hotel experience for your pooch which includes pet friendly beer or Champagne on arrival, goodie bag, custom made dog bed, feeding bowls and turn down treats and a range of additional pet services such as dog sitting, grooming, birthday celebrations and veterinary services. Hotel 41 is part of the Red Carnation Hotel group, a chain of luxury pet friendly hotels, which have a total of six properties around London. Click for their full pet policy.
Things to do
Portabello Road – portobelloroad.co.uk | Outdoor market | Portobello road, W11 3DB | The outdoor markets are perfect for a mooch around with your dog, although its probably best to avoid Fridays and Saturdays between 11am and 4pm when it can get extremely crowded. Many of the shops surrounding the markets also welcome dogs.
The Pet Spa – petspalondon.com | Pet services | 305 Fulham Road, SW10 9QH | 0203 302 3150 | Treat your pet to the ultimate pampering and grooming session, or if you think your pet has star power, sign them up to become a pet model!
The Conran Shop – conranshop.co.uk | Designer homeware store | 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD | 020 7589 7401 | Well behaved dogs on a leash welcomed.
Food and beverages
J Sheekey Atlantic Bar – jsheekeyatlanticbar.co.uk | Seafood and Fish restaurant| 33-35 St Martin’s Court, WC2N 4AL | +44 20 7420 9865 | The informal sister to the legendary J.Sheekey next door, small dogs are allowed at the Winter terrace, water provided. For details check out their Doggy code of conduct.
L’Escargot – lescargot.co.uk | French restaurant| 48 Greek Street Soho W1D 4EF | +44 20 74397474 | Water and treats provided.
Shake Shack – shakeshack.co.uk | Burger Restaurant| Branches across London | Dogs welcome, with a menu especially created for your pooch, treat them to Pooch-ini, pup-friendly vanilla custard with red velvet dog biscuits by Outsider Tart and our Bag O’ Bones® – a doggie bag of 5 red velvet dog biscuits made by Outsider Tart. Click to see their pet page.
Sketch – Sketch.london | Michellin-starred restaurant | 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG | +44 20 7659 4500 | Dogs welcome between 7am -4pm in the Parlor, water provided.
The Duck and Rice – theduckandrice.com | Chinese restaurant and Pub | 90 Berwick Street, W1F 0QB | 020 3327 7888 | Four legged friends can expect a fully stocked bar of dog treats and dog friendly beer. No pooch will ever be left at the door.
Treehouse Hotel – treehousehotels.com/london | 14-15 Langham Place, W1B 2QS | +44 20 7580 0111 | Pet sitting and walking services available, pets not allowed in the restaurants or bars. Click to see their pet friendly rules.
Rosewood Hotel – rosewoodhotels.com/en/london | 252 High Holborn, WC1 7EN | +44 20 7781 8888 | Dogs guests receive welcome treats, bowls and a sumptuous dog bed. Also available is an “Ultimate pampering Canine package”. Dogs on leashes are also welcome in all of the hotels restaurants and bars. Click to see their Canine Package.
Things to do
Hyde Park – royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park | Parks and open spaces | Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner Undergrounds | All Royal Parks are dog friendly and Hyde Park (the biggest in London) is no exception, although there are some places where they are not allowed or should be kept on a lead. These are clearly indicated in the park and are usually ecologically sensitive sites, children’s play areas, restaurants, cafes and some sports areas. For more details on which areas and other Royal Parks click here.
John Lewis – johnlewis.com | Shopping, department store| Regent Street, W1B 5AH | +44 20 3893 3062 | All well behaved dogs carried or on a fixed lead welcome.
Liberty London – libertylondon.com | Shopping, department store| Regent Street, W1B 5AH | +44 20 3893 3062 | All well behaved dogs welcome
Lush – uk.lush.com | Shopping, cosmetics | 175 – 179 Oxford Street, W1D 2JS | 020 7789 0001 | Lush claim to be advocates for animals of all shapes and sizes and are happy to welcome your pooches into all of their stores. Stores nationwide.
Paperchase – paperchase.com | Shopping, stationary | 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7PS | 0333 016 7100 | All well behaved dogs welcome. Stores nationwide.
Picture house Central – picturehouse.com/cinema/picturehouse-central | Cinema | Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7DH | A collection of neighbourhood picture houses that have dog friendly screenings (usually Sundays). Note that dogs however are not allowed in the bar or dining areas. For full details check out their dog friendly policy.
GoBoat – goboat.co.uk/paddington/ | Canal boating experience | Merchant Square, W2 1AS | 07444 229 789 | Dogs welcome on board at owners risk. Non slip water bowls available at kiosk. Dog life jackets not provided.
Camden, Islington and Hackney
Food and Beverages
Ban Mi Bay – banmibay.co.uk | Vietnamese cafe restaurant | 4 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8PN | 0207 831 4079 | Small dogs welcome.
BrewDog – brewdog.com/bars/uk/brewdog-camden | Bar and Brewery | 113 Bayham Street, Camden, NW1 0AG | 0207 284 4626 | Pet friendly all day, they even serve craft beer for dogs!
St Pancras Renaissance –marriott.co.uk/hoteks/travel/lopr-st-pancras-renaissance-hotel-london/ | Euston Road, NW1 2AR | 020 7841 3540 | Pets up to 10 kg are welcome to stay with an additional fee. A maximum of 2 dogs per room. Pet policy.
The Montague on the Gardens – montaguehotel.com | 15 Montague Street, Holborn WC1B 5BJ | 020 7637 1001 | Part of the ultra pet friendly Red Carnation Hotel group, expect top notch hotel experience for you and your fur baby, See their pet friendly policy.
Malmaison – malmaison.com/locations/london/| 18-21 Charterhouse Square, Islington, EC1M 6AH |020 3750 9402 | All dogs over 1 years old are welcome to share their owners rooms for an additional fee. However they may not be left in the room alone and are not permitted in the food areas which also includes the lounge. Click to see their pet policy.
Things to do
Hampstead Heath – cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/hampstead-heath | Parks and Open Spaces | Closest stations Hampstead, Hampstead Heath, Golders Green, Gospel Oak and Kentish Town | Hampstead Heath is a dog heaven, with its woodland and health lands there is plenty of exploring to do, and it even has a dedicated dog pond, the perfect place for your pooch to cool down after a work out during the warmer months.
Regents Canal – canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canal-and-river-network/regents-canal | Walks | Stretch of canal that runs from Little Venice, all the way to the Docklands, a hidden gem in London that is perfect for dog walkers.
Aria – ariashop.co.uk | Shopping Furniture, Fashion and Lifestyle | 168 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1US | 020 7288 4510 | Dogs on leashes welcome.
After Noah – afternoah.com | Gift, homeware and furniture | 121 -122 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1QP | 020 7359 4281 | Dogs on leashes welcome.
Moo Canoes – moocanoes.com | Canoe hire | The Milk float, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN | online booking | Small dogs welcome.
Camden Market – camdenmarket.com | A mixture of open air and indoor stalls, NW1 8AF dogs are welcome, though certain streets can be narrow or get quite packed so best to avoid these during busy hours.
The City, Southwark and Tower Hamlets
Food and beverages
Borough Market – boroughmarket.org.uk | Farmers Market | 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL | 020 7407 1002 | A foodies haven in the city, Borough market welcomes dogs on leashes, however do check if individual restaurants allow dogs to avoid disappointment.
Mercato Metropolitano – mercatometropolitano.com | Food traders collective | 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | Dogs welcome in most areas.
The WoolPack – woolpackbar.com | Pub and Restaurant | 98 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB | 0203 437 0139 | Dog friendly
The Garrison – thegarrison.co.uk/wp/ | Pub and Restaurant | 99-101 Bermondsey Street SE1 3XB | 020 7089 9355
Pique-Nique – pique-nique.co.uk | French | Tanner Street Park, SE1 3LD | 020 7403 9549
Pizarro – josepizarro.com/venues/pizarro-restaurant-bermonsdey/ | Spanish restaurant (Bermondsey)
South Place Hotel – southplacehotel.com |3 South Place, EC2M 2AF |+44 (0)20 3503 0000 | Dogs are welcome to stay in their pet friendly rooms (free of charge if you book directly with the hotel). Your pooch can expect a King size bed, a toy and food and water bowls. Dogs on leashes are also welcome in all of the other public areas of the hotel except for the Angler and Chophouse. Pet policy
The Bermondsey Square Hotel – bermondseysquarehotel.co.uk | 9 Bermonsdey Square, SE1 3UN | 020 7378 2450 | Dogs are very welcome at this hotel, where they strive to pamper your pet as much as they do you. Pets are permitted in pet friendly rooms at an additional fee of £20 per pet. Dog beds, bowls and treats are provided, they also allow pets in the restaurants. Pet policy.
Residence Inn by Marriot – marriot.co.uk/hotels/travel/lonbd-residence-inn-london-tower-bridge | 190 Bermonsdey Street, SE1 3TQ +44 2031467760 | Dogs up to a maximum of 22kg are welcomed in this hotel at an additional fee of £30 per pet (maximum 2 pets per room)
Things to do
Southwark Park – southwark.gov.uk/parks-and-open-spaces/parks/southwark-park | Parks and open spaces | Gomm Road SE16 2ET – Entrances Jamaica Road, Lower Road, Southwark Park Road, Gomm Road | Dogs welcome in most areas, must be put on leash if requested to do so by an official officer. Not allowed in children’s play areas.
Tower Bridge Experience – towerbridge.org.uk | Historic attraction | Well behaved dogs on a leash of all sizes are allowed. Restrictions may be applied during busy periods.
Holly & Lil – Holly & Lil | Shopping, Pet collars and goods | 90 Tower Bridge Road, SE1 4TP | Get your dog fitted for a luxury collar or other accessories at this little store, on this very dog friendly street.
Old Spitalfields Market – oldspitalfieldsmarket.com | Craft and Artisan Market | 56 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA | Dog friendly, although not all restaurants surrounding the market allow dogs inside, many allow them in the alfresco seating areas.
Richmond and Kingston Upon Thames
Food and beverages
Harris and Hoole – harrisandhoole.co.uk/shop/st-margarets | Cafe chain | 135 St Margarets Rd, TW1 1RG | 020 8891 6541 | Dogs welcome
The Turks Head – turksheadtwickenham.co.uk | Pub and Restaurant |28 Winchester Road, TW1 1LF | 020 8892 1972 | Dogs welcome, water bowl provided on request.
St Margarets Tavern – stmargaretstw1.co.uk | Pub and restaurant | 107 St Margarets Road, TW1 2LJ | 020 8892 2369 | Dogs welcome.
Bingham Riverhouse – binghamriverhouse.com | 62-63 Petersham Rd, TW10 6UT | 020 8940 0902 | Dogs permitted in some rooms only and in public areas with prior permission. Not permitted in restaurants.
DoubleTree by Hilton – hilton.com/en/hotel/lonktdi-doubletree-london-kingston-upon-thames | 1 Skerne Road, KT2 5FJ |Dogs permitted in some rooms, additional fees apply.
The White Hart Hotel – whiteharthoteluk.co.uk| 1 High Street, KT1 4DA |020 8977 2786 | Dogs welcome to stay, additional fees apply.
Things to do
Marble Hill Park – english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/marble-hill-house | Parks and open spaces | Richmond Road, TW1 2NL | Dogs welcome in the park but not in the children’s play areas or Marble Hill House.
Richmond Park – royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park |Parks and open spaces | Closest station Richmond Rail or Underground stations, GPS: TW10 5HS | As with all royal parks, dogs are welcome. Dogs can be allowed to roam free but you are asked to put them on a leash should there be deer close by or in certain areas. For full details on which areas and other Royal Parks click here.
Petersham Nurseries – petershamnurseries.com | Plant nursery, Teahouse and cafe | Church Lane, TW10 7AB | 020 8940 5230 | Dogs very welcome, water bowls provided, you may want to bring a blanket for your pet to sit on.
Squires – squiresgardencentres.co.uk/garden-centres/twickenham/ | Garden Centre | Sixth Cross Road, TW2 5PA | 020 8977 9241 | Dogs very welcome, except in the inside cafe area.
Rock and Fairy – rockandfairy.com | Hair Salon | 18 Crown Road, TW1 3EE | 020 8892 6788 | Dogs welcome.
We hope you found this article useful. If you think it could be improved with the addition of a worthy dog friendly establishment or if you are a dog friendly business and would like us to review your venue, we would love to hear from you.