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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated January 2018