Dog Friendly London – where do we go?

Through my friend Selena I came across a fun and comprehensive post by blogger LibertyLondon on dog friendly venues across Central and North London. This spurred me on to write a similar post but covering of course, South London. A couple of years ago, a few months after Amber joined our family, I wrote an article for Identita’ Golose, with a bunch of places we had managed to visit. Since then, a few things have changed  and we’ve discovered more places to visit with her.

Yet as a rule of thumb, is always important to ask if the dog is allowed, as often it depends on the size and temperament of the dog whether they are welcome or not.

I’ve put some of my favourites on a downloadable map, too. Scroll down!

Saturday coffee at Love & Scandal

Saturday coffee at Love & Scandal

Central London

Not that we visit the west end very often, but indeed small dogs are allowed in Liberty’s, the Apple Store and Selfridges. In Marylebone, the lovely people at La Fromagerie will allow small and calm dogs, indeed we enjoyed a delicious Sunday breakfast here before Christmas with Amber loving the cheesy smell of the shop! Nearby Hardy’s Brasserie also allows small dogs.

In Soho, the famous pizza haunt run by Pizza Pilgrims is only dog friendly on the terrace now and thanks to reader Ellen (see detailed comment below), we know the Dean Street says all branches are dog friendly but not all staff are aware and turn people with small dogs down. She says she goes to Detox Kitchen in Carnaby which doesn’t have a problem with a small dog. Recently opened The Good Egg will also welcome dogs.

Other good spots in the neighborhood are Duck and Rice (downstairs in Pub only), Sun and 13 Cantons (go for the rotating kitchen residencies), Gelupo for Gelato says small dogs are OK and Tsujiri Matcha House. Polpo and Vinoteca should be dog friendly across London, they are for sure in their Soho branch. We also had dinner at Mele e Pere in Soho last year, with Amber. Slightly east, in Clerkenwell, Stevie Parle’s beautiful Palatino is, as his other restaurants, dog friendly.

PictureHouse Central cinema on Piccadilly periodically hosts dog friendly sunday screenings, keep an eye on this blog as I am planning to visit soon.

In Covent Garden, cute dog store Bow Wow is a posh boutique for your beloved pooch (yes, £70 for a leather harness) while H&M off Long Acre will allow you to buy yourself some fashion with the pooch next to you providing fashion advice. On Short Gardens  Italian ice cream parlour Scoop will also allow small sized dogs inside. Dr Marten’s store on Neal Street allows dogs inside, while Zara on Long Acre and Mango (with a very unfriendly store manager) on Neal St do not (however Zara Kings Road branch does). Elegant hotel Rosewood is also dog friendly so I am hoping to visit soon.

Upmarket steak restaurants M (one in Victoria, one in the City) are dog friendly and often organise Doggy brunches too, but we have yet to try them.

Amber checking herself out in Liberty's

Amber checking herself out in Liberty’s

South East London

Ok so this is our local area. Around Waterloo, the White Hart and famous Anchor & Hope (on the Cut) are dog friendly, the Duke of Sussex gastro pub by Millenium Green does great food and allows dogs, while on the South Bank chains Giraffe, Pain Quotidien and Canteen will only allow you to dine with your dog on their outside terrace. Italian coffee shop Caffe’ Vergnano used to allow us in but shut the door in our faces yesterday so no more spending our money there for us.

Nearby, newly open the Green Room is extremely dog friendly (even advertising it right outside) while further down, on Lower Marsh, there’s a great choice if one wants a proper coffee: Four Corners Café, Scooter Café,  Coleman Coffee Roasters, book & coffee shop Traveling Through, cafe Love & Scandal and recently opened, our favourite, former Coopers Borough Produce all allow dogs inside. Recently opened Vaulty Towers and V.3 Gallery Cafe (both managed by The Vaults theatre company) are also very dog friendly and we can’t wait to visit them.

A few independent shops on Lower Marsh are Amber’s favourite destinations, given that she always manages a treat from the friendly owners: Rivers Remedies, Radio Days (when open) and charity shop Paws are great stops for humans and dogs alike however grocery store Greensmith’s does not allow dogs inside which means we barely shop there. 

Mercato Metropolitano, which opened in the summer in Borough, allows dogs on a lead within their grocery store, which is fantastic, and their food courts, so well done to them. Flatiron Square, another street food location recently opened, allow dogs although it’s busy on some nights so might not be the ideal place for four legged shorties like Amber. We enjoyed a great breakfast at permanent pancake house Where the Pancakes Are who welcomed Amber. Quirky coffee shop Gentlemen’s Barista does a good brunches and is dog friendly as well.

On St. George’s Circus, recently opened 80 Coffee Roasters does great coffee and is dog friendly too, and nearby gastro pub the Albert Arms, our current local, welcomes dogs and offers really good food. 

Further up on Blackfriars Road the Coffee Works Project will welcome dogs. 

Amber at the Three Stags

Amber at the Three Stags

Near the Imperial War Museum, the local pubs are very dog friendly: t the Three Stags, which is also sustainable and member of the SRA; nearby the newly reopened The Tankard also allows dogs and does great food including sunday roasts, and further down on Kennington Road, the Tommyfield is another decent dog friendly, gastro pub. We very often visit local pub Horse & Stables on Westminster Bridge road, very dog friendly too; here Amber often meets her friend Gia, a beautiful and obedient Alsacian.

Italian bakery Dolcezza on Stockwell road is babies and dog friendly and I can’t wait to visit for an Italian cornetto and cappuccino. In Vauxhall, we sometimes visit the quaint Tea House Theatre, where brunch is great, cakes are amazing and the tea menu is fab; across the road the Black Dog does a good Sunday roast, both of course, dog friendly while Brunswick House was a fantastic place for a candle lit dinner with Amber in tow a few weeks ago. Further south, in Streatham Common I hear the Railway is a lovely gastropub with a garden too and Dog and Fox  as well as the Hand in Hand in Wimbledon are also great spots to take a dog.

Tea House Theatre

Tea House Theatre

Moving eastwards, the Laughing Gravy on Blackfriars road unfortunately only allows dogs on the outside terrace, while on Borough Road, Neapolitan deli Flavours of Naples welcomed us with open arms.

In nearby Borough Market, while buying some cheese from Gastronomica, I was told I was not allowed in with the dog, anywhere on the market, which means we’ll stop visiting this tourist trap all together, with the exception of Italian owned (seems like a fil rouge?) Gelateria 3 Bis where we often now stop for a coffee or a proper ice cream with Amber. Pulia also allow small, well behaved dogs unless too busy and new pizzeria on Southwark Street O’ver also does. Not a single one of the other chainy places in the market area allow dogs, so don’t even bother.

Nearby Union Street Arches have two new restaurants who are both dog friendly with small pooches if no other customer complains, Bala Baya (israeli grill) and Macellaio RC (Italian steak house).  

Bermondsey Street is the well-known dog friendly mecca of South London: all or almost all shops and restaurants here allow you to bring your dog in, including high end Pizzarro and the Woolpack where there is a water fountain and treat dispenser in their spacious outdoor area.

Nearby Maltby St Market is the perfect place to replace ‘Borough’ as foodie market, where most restaurants allows you to eat or drink with a dog including Bar Tozino and 40 Maltby on Maltby Street deserves a shout out too as, as Ellen confirms, they love dogs and they strongly encourage you to bring him/her. The Table Cafe in Southwark also is dog friendly, we used to visit very often but have not done so for ages, and they do a good brunch.

Across the river,  coffee shop White Mulberries in St Katherine’s dock also welcomes dog. Further, recent additions (thanks Ellen) are Pique-nique from the casse croute team inside tanner park, a more casual French bistro, with a chicken rotisserie and a changing menu. Watch house coffee shop in Shad Thames is doing small plates at dinner and a few breakfast/brunch items in addition to the usual sandwiches.

East London

Not an area I know too well, however my favourite Milanese restaurant Il Cudega is dog and baby friendly, and so are the nearby markets Netil and Broadway. Ellen adds that Le Merlin (crepes) and p Franco (wine bar) on lower Clapton road in Shoreditch are dog friendly.

 

Dog friendly Four Corners Cafe

Amber at Four Corners Cafe’

West / South West London

Quite a random selection, but worth a mention are Michelin starred the Harwood Arms and gastro pub the Imperial in Fulham. In the Clapham / Battersea we have visited the Dairy (where a few tables by the entrance allow for small dogs), the Abbeville, 32 Old Town, lovely Nutbourne by the canals and grocery store / deli restaurant the Butcher & Grill, all recommended. Recently we discovered the lovely Queenswood in Battersea square where we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast with Amber.

AMber in our new local, the Tankard

Looking at the Corgi convention

Things change quickly and surely this list is not exhaustive so anyone with more suggestions particularly in these areas of London, feel free to mention in comments.

Please always ask first…

And I am quoting the below bullet point by my fellow blogger and dog owner Miss Darcy from her really comprehensive post (which I’d recommend reading):

  • Keep your dog on a leash
  • Keep them out of the way of waiters and other diners (preferably under the table)
  • Don’t let them get near the food on the table (I am sometimes guilty of this but I only do so at more casual eateries)
  • Make sure they don’t bark. Nothing like having an intimate conversation over dinner and be interrupted by a bark.

And of course, thank you to those shop owners and managers who are open minded enough to allow Amber to come in with us; it’s business and it’s money, and we find ourselves shopping or dining regularly where we can take her with us.

Amber in Ockenden Manor, her first hotel stay

Amber in Ockenden Manor, her first hotel stay

Updated January 2018


Dog friendly eateries places in London

 

18 Comments

  1. Java the Corgi

    Just called up the Riding House Cafe and they’re not dog friendly anymore 🙁

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    1. pastabites (Post author)

      Ah that’s a shame… thanks for sharing the update!

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  2. Sasha Wilkins

    Hello! Bit late to the party – was just checking links on my Analytics, which led me to this. So just wanted to say thank you for the link!! Best wishes, LLGcc

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    1. pastabites (Post author)

      Thank you as well for your comment 🙂

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  3. karen ball

    This is a brilliant and very helpful round up for this owner of a miniature schnauzer! I really struggle to find comprehensive round-ups of dog friendly places in London.

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    1. pastabites (Post author)

      Thank you… and frustratingly, often the same places change their policy too so you can never be too sure… !

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  4. Cho

    Came across your site while searching to see if our small dog is allowed off leash on south bank as some jobsworths told my gf it’s not allowed even though we and most dog owners in the area have always had our dogs off leash. Coincidentally we’ve been to quite a few of the places you’ve mentioned but also have many others that we haven’t so thank you for all the useful information. It’s true that places change their minds quite often but have recently found that Italian establishments generally allow dogs. I hate being told its against the law to bring dogs into restaurants/shops when it clearly isn’t. I’m more offended by the ignorance and use of an easy but false excuse!

    Actually we came across Puglia near borough market and the clink museum which allowed us in (we have a small Brussels griffon). It has a small pasta menu wh9ch is really well made and great coffe with a small selection of cakes.

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    1. pastabites (Post author)

      Thank you for your comment, indeed it’s very frustrating. We’ve just come back from another road trip to Italy and France, and it’s so refreshing, we had not a single instance of being refused entry. In fact, most places (restaurants, cafes’) are surprised when I ask if I can get in with the dog! Almost as if it’s obvious I should. Such a different with the UK!

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  5. Ellen

    Been to pizza pilgrims a few times in 2016 with a 5 kg clean white well behaved dog. Can only sit outside now. The service is hit or miss outside they tend to forget about you when the weather is chilly.

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    1. pastabites (Post author)

      Thank you for the notification, updating post now!

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  6. Ellen Ngai

    So further update on Pizza Pilgrims. My bad luck is with the location in Carnaby. My friend says she takes her Poodle/Shih Tzu cross into the Dean Street location lots, and Dean Street says all branches are dog friendly. It sounds like I’ve just run into poorly trained staffers at Carnaby a couple times. I have to admit after being told NO twice, I’ve stopped asking and going.

    I go to Detox Kitchen instead in Carnaby which doesn’t have a problem with my small dog. Other good spots in the neighborhood are Duck and Rice (downstairs in Pub only), Sun and 13 Cantons (go for the rotating kitchen residencies), Gelupo for Gelato says small dogs are OK but I haven’t gone in yet with doggy, and Tsujiri Matcha House let mine in. Polpo and Vinoteca I’ve heard are dog friendly across London, but I’ve only tried the locations in Soho which let us in. Although Vinoteca was funny about it at first; Polpo was very welcoming.

    Thanks for the tip on Where the Pancakes Are. Had a nice breakfast there. Padella lets small dogs in, but since it gets so many tourists the other customers can get huffy about it. I only do it at off times.

    40 Maltby on Maltby Street deserves a shout out too. They love dogs. In fact if you call and ask they strongly encourage you to bring him/her.

    The Table Cafe is a great weekend brunch spot that lets dogs of all sizes in.

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    1. pastabites (Post author)

      This is brilliant info, thank you! I will update the post to include these latest. I keep it as up to date as I can, as things change constantly!

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  7. Susie Blackburn

    I realise I’m a bit late spotting this blog, but appreciate it nevertheless.
    I have quite a few places listed on my “Woof” Pinterest page (this is not suppose to be a blatant plug for my Pinterest page HONESTLY!),, which I keep checking to ensure it’s as up to date as I can make it. It may be of interest to you and others looking for dog friendly places. I find more and more places are relaxing about dogs these days, there seem to be quite a few places in Shoreditch and Marylebone now which is great. I think my Schnauzer is welcome in Shoreditch because she has the appropriate beard!
    https://uk.pinterest.com/studiosusieb/the-wisely-woof/

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    1. pastabites (Post author)

      Thank you – it’s always useful to hear more, so your link is very welcome!

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  8. Ellen

    Was wondering if bala baya would be dog friendly and you already scouted it out. Thanks! Your page is a great resource for south London.

    Two new-ish places for your list. Pique-nique from the casse croute team inside tanner park. More casual French with a chicken rotisserie and a changing menu. Dog friendly of course and a baby changer in the bathroom. Watch house coffee shop in shad thames is doing small plates at dinner and a few breakfast/brunch items in addition to the usual sandwiches. The only dog friendly place I know in shad thames.

    Le Merlin (crepes) and p Franco (wine bar) on lower Clapton road in shoreditch are dog friendly.

    And did you know the street feast markets are dog friendly.

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    1. pastabites (Post author)

      Thank you so much for the tips, have updated the post accordingly… very helpful. I haven’t been to street feast but it’s good to hear. So frustrating that Borough isn’t!

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  9. Zoe

    This is fantastic, the most detailed and useful dog friendly round up I’ve found so far!

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    1. pastabites (Post author)

      Thank you, i am glaf it’s useful!

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