Our top London dog-friendly spots [Warning: Cute pictures within…]

For all the good doggos out there…

  1. BULLFINCH BREWERY

Nearest Station: Herne Hill

Web: www.thebullfinchbrewery.co.uk

 

Like many microbreweries, Bullfinch started life in the kitchen of travelling sound engineer Ryan Mclean who began brewing his own beer to drink at home. Now a neighbourhood staple since it’s founding in 2014, Ryan runs a small, tight team at Bullfinch, blending experimental with traditional brewing techniques, all in his trusted historic 5 Barrel kit built by Charles Wells. There are 7 core beers for a variety of palettes, as well as a rotating series of guest brews. Most importantly, the taproom is dog friendly so you can enjoy your perfect pint in the company of your pawfect pal!

 

  1. THE HOUR GLASS

Nearest Station: South Kensington

Web: www.hourglasspub.co.uk

 

There’s always a risk when you enter a pub in the heart of Kensington that you won’t find an authentic London pub experience, masked by high beer prices and unfriendly faces. Not so in The Hour Glass, where the live-in landlord is just the start of keeping this place a proper London boozer. A traditional and informal vibe, it recently underwent a bit of a face-lift by owners David Turcan and Luke Mackay, the pair behind the popular Brompton Food market. Seats by the window are ideal for people watching, while the wooden-clad upstairs is great for a relaxed pint. At present no food is served, which might be a good thing if your pooch is a fan of pub grub.

  1. THE PEOPLE’S PARK TAVERN

Nearest Station: Hackney Wick / Homerton

Web: www.peoplesparktavern.pub

 

This pub has been listed on the “best beer gardens in London” numerous times, and it is not hard to see why. Sprawling and always buzzing, there is an event every night of the week at People’s Park Tavern. Monday: 2 for 1 burgers. Tuesday: Open Mic. Wednesday: Pub Quiz. Thursday: 60/70s night. Friday: DJ. Saturday: Bottomless brunch. Sunday: Live music. They also have a permanent escape room – Lady Chastity’s Reserve – where you can try and find your way out to win a mysterious bottle of wine, while there is also a small crazy golf area, Plonk Golf, outside. If you’re looking for something to do, just head here! There’s a “Brew Lab” inside, operated by Laine Brew Co. (one batch creates 1,440 pints!), served alongside a variety of other craft beers. The pub food is good, and the Sunday Roasts hardy. All of this, and it’s super dog friendly too. Have you just discovered heaven?

 

  1. GOAT

Nearest Station: West Brompton/Earl’s Court

Web: www.goatchelsea.com

 

A local institution, everyone is welcome at GOAT, especially your dog – there’s even organic dog treats on the menu. There’s also a Sunday kid’s lunch club, discounts for NHS and emergency services staff, and 50% off food every Wednesday for local residents, you can’t say they don’t give back to the community! An Italian restaurant with a twist, expect all the classics on the menu with a dessert list to die for. Upstairs is a DJ bar, DRINK, where you can enjoy more of an upbeat ambience while having a drink, while downstairs you’ll discover the Chelsea Prayer Room, a hidden cocktail bar and home to the Old Fashioned Cocktail Club. Collect an A-Z classic cocktail guide and have each one stamped by the bar staff as you work your way through the list (hopefully not in one sitting!) Every 10th cocktail you drink, your next one is free. GOAT is the gift that keeps on giving.

  1. THE NARROWBOAT

Nearest Station: Angel

Web: www.thenarrowboatpub.com

 

Like the idea of eating out on the water but don’t want to get seasick? The Narrowboat is the perfect compromise. The only pub to be situated right on Regent’s Canal, grab one of the highly coveted terrace tables to feel as if you’re right on the water. Otherwise, the floor to ceiling glass windows give views directly right out onto the canal and its famous narrow boats. You can expect a British inspired and seasonally-led menu, with a range of cask ales, craft beers, and spirits. Rumour has it that the Sunday Roast portion size is huge. And of course, it’s dog friendly too.

 

  1. THE MITRE

Nearest Station: Greenwich / Cutty Sark DLR

Web: www.themitregreenwich.co.uk

 

Set bang in the centre of Greenwich and housed in a beautiful UNESCO heritage building, The Mitre has been used as a locals’ watering hole for 300 years, first as a café and later a pub. With a hearty traditional ambience, large leather sofas, wood-clad walls, two beer gardens, and a great selection of beers and wine, there is also a wonderful food menu, and should you get too comfortable, there’s a B&B upstairs. And, as with most pubs in Greenwich, it’s dog friendly too.

  1. PLUME OF FEATHERS

Nearest Station: Cutty Sark DLR / Maze Hill

Web: www.plumeoffeathers-greenwich.co.uk

 

Not on the tourist trail, you have to make a beeline for the Plume if you’re in the area. The oldest pub in Greenwich, established in 1691, this is very much a locals’ pub, but a very welcoming one. Intimate and cosy, this is the epitome of a traditional British pub, inclusive of a vivacious landlord and his dog. In its day the Plume was perfectly placed for the coaches and carriages leaving Greenwich through the gatehouse of the Queen’s House travelling towards Kent, and opened when William III and Mary II were on the throne (there have been 13 monarchs since the pub’s inception.) Aside from the fascinating history, they have a good selection of beers and wines, and a traditional pub food menu as well as afternoon tea, and a great Sunday roast.

 

  1. WAGS N TAILS COFFEE BAR

Nearest Station: Surbiton

Web: www.wagsntales.com

 

Coffee, cocktails and cute animals – what more could you want?! Tucked away at the edge of London, Wags n Tails is an independent Vegetarian/Vegan coffee shop by day, and a cocktail bar by night (with a late license.) They have a scrummy lunch and dinner menu, as well as a wide selection of great Vegan cakes. They even have a menu for your dog, with plenty of water bowls too. It is not just your canine friends that are welcome, but you can also bring along your particularly brave cat!

 

  1. ROOFTOP FILM CLUB – Peckham

Nearest Station: Peckham Rye

Web: www.rooftopfilmclub.com

 

Ever wanted to watch a movie al fresco, in the warmth of the setting sun while sprawled out on a deck chair with your faithful friend at your feet? Every night at Peckham’s Rooftop Film Club makes that a possibility. On the rooftop of the Bussey Building you can catch the latest releases or a classic film, all the while a herd of doggos run round while enjoying the movie too.

 

  1. RUISLIP LIDO – Doggie Beach

Nearest Station: Ruislip

Web: www.hillingdon.gov.uk/ruisliplido

 

If heaven were a place on earth, Ruislip Lido should certainly be on the list of contenders. Walk past the Woodland Centre and you will find a specially cordoned off section of the beach, reserved exclusively for your VID (Very Important Dog). There is plenty of room for your pooch to run about on the sand, in and out of the water, where you can also join them for a swim! On the sunnier days there is plenty of shaded areas, and if your doggo needs even more room to run, it backs onto the Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve. And, you can also take them on the mini railway for a special treat!

 

 


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