“Must love dogs” is practically a prereq to living in London. The British capital adores its pups, and was recently ranked one of the most dog-friendly cities in the world. Even the late Queen was known for her beloved corgis.
After a visit to one of the city’s many parks with your furry pal, there’s no better feeling than grabbing a post-walk refreshment—and knowing your dog is welcome, too.
Some restaurants pull out all the stops with “puppuccinos”, goody bags stuffed with treats, and generous outdoor spaces. Read on for a guide to 13 dog-friendly spots in London to book right now.
Ollie’s House (Chelsea)
This tropical spot serves Bali vibes via bright green interiors and rattan furniture. It also prioritises pooches, even offering a dedicated dog menu. Canines can choose from brunch bites, which come in avocado, salmon, and honey flavours; house dog biscuits, or ice cream treats. To wash it all down, there are herbal infusions and puppuccinos topped with whipped cream. While your dog feasts, you can graze on Asian-inspired dishes including kimchi fried rice, soy noodles, and chicken gyozas. Soak in the laidback resort-like atmosphere in one of Chelsea’s most accommodating restaurants.
Burr & Co. at Kimpton Fitzroy London (Belgravia)
At this chic West End café, four-legged foodies can keep their humans company while they enjoy a morning coffee or wine and beer in the evenings. Burr & Co is housed within luxury pet-friendly hotel, Kimpton Fitzroy, paw-fectly located for exploring historic Bloomsbury and its museums. As well as offering a tail-wagging welcome, the hotel and café urges diners to share pictures of their sightseeing pups. Afterwards, the suave corner unit of Bernard Street and Russell Square – inspired by the coffeehouses of Victorian era – is ideal for you and your pooch to watch the world go by. Graze on small plates such as garden pea hummus with courgettes or salt ‘n’ pepper squid, while taking advantage of the daily happy hour from 5pm to 7pm.
Los Mochis (Notting Hill)
Serving Mexican Japanese fusion, Los Mochis loves dogs so much that the Notting Hill mainstay is even named after the owner’s own pup. Dogs are welcome both at the bar and outside and offered water – perfect to rehydrate after a walk around nearby Holland Park or Kensington Gardens. Two-legged diners can sip on cocktails such as the pepino-jalapeño margarita, a refreshing blend of tequila, cucumber-coriander cordial, jalapeño-infused agave. Feast on fresh sashimi, maki rolls, zesty ceviches, and tiraditos and round things off with the signature churros and Jalisco tiramisu.
Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea (Battersea)
Chef Vivek Singh’s striking Battersea location welcomes diners and their dogs throughout the venue at any time. But humans should go especially for the Saturday Bhangra brunch or, on weekdays, chill in the vibrant space while tucking into South Asian influenced dishes. The restaurant is also happy to dedicate an area of the restaurant for those with dogs if there is more than one dog-friendly booking so go with a pooch-filled group for maximum fun. Two-legged diners can share plates of jackfruit kofta and achaari lamb before moving onto mains such as roganjosh and pilau with lentils. For dessert, the ginger toffee pudding with cinnamon ice cream is a must order.
Pedro’s Wine Bar (London Bridge)
This dog-friendly oasis, set in a quaint South London archway, is ideal for a pitstop away from the main road. Staff are super attentive to your pooch, asking where they are comfortable sitting, if they are happy around other dogs and whether they need water. Regarding human drinks, Portuguese wine is the star at Pedro’s. The space is reminiscent of a rustic taberna, walls are all rough stone and brick and adorned with the very best wines from the country. The upper floor is an intimate setting to snack on traditional Portuguese bites and Mediterranean charcuterie and cheese platters. What’s more, as well as specific dog treats, charcuterie cut-offs and kitchen scraps are on hand to keep pups satisfied too.
Bellanger is an Islington icon that channels swish French brasseries. At first glance, its opulent Art Deco dining room doesn’t seem like an obvious choice for four-legged pals. But dogs are more than welcome here and often seen on laps or snoozing under tables. While the pets chill, diners can tuck into crab linguine, steak tartare, and Niçoise pissaladière, a flatbread studded with anchovies and caramelised onion. No matter where you sit, whether on the terrace overlooking Islington Green or inside, your pet receives housemade dog biscuits upon arrival.
This popular London steakhouse hosts dogs at all of its nine locations. But it’s the Hampstead branch that really shows up for your canine companion. Come on the first Sunday of every month for Doggy Sunday (this month it will be Saturday August 26th to coincide with National Dog Day), when diners are encouraged to make a reservation under their dog’s name. Pups can enjoy a three-course meal featuring dog-friendly pizzas, cakes and protein-rich treats. The human brunch menu is Latin-themed much like the rest of Gaucho’s selection so expect Argentine sausage plates, sweet potato and provolone empanadas, steak and eggs with chimichurri, and more.
Harwood Arms (Fulham)
While most London pubs welcome dogs, the experience is extra special at this MICHELIN-starred Fulham spot. Staff are renowned for fawning over your four-legged pals, remembering their names and offering snacks and water. Dogs can recharge in the rustic surroundings while snacking on dog treats; or socialise with other canine companions as the pub is a notable dog-walkers watering hole. Jake Leach, the former head chef at Ledbury, is known for his bold British dishes and excellent Sunday roasts. Humans can choose from a variety of dishes championing British produce and game such as venison Scotch eggs and sea bream tartare. The wine list is extensive, along with a host of beers on tap such as Camden Hells, cask ales and an array of spirits, including pastis and vermouth.
The family behind this cosy Mexican restaurant teamed up with canine nutritionists to design a three-course doggie dining experience. Pups can start with a high-protein cricket treat then enjoy a main packed with human-grade ingredients, designed to include all the elements needed for a balanced meal. A peony pupcake, featuring peanut butter and fresh fruit, is for dessert. For their humans, chef David Martinez whips up barbecue-forward dishes inspired by his grandmother’s cooking. There are tacos filled with barbacoa, chicken, pork, or pinto and kidney beans, plus a number of vegan and gluten-free dishes. Toast your dog-friendly experience with a Mexico-inspired cocktail such as the Mamacita Margarita, an easy-to-sip blend of tequila and cucumber bitters.
Forty Dean Street (Soho)
Nima Safei and his family have hosted the area’s many journalists, filmmakers, actors—and their dogs—since opening this inviting Italian icon 14 years ago. Pups are welcome at Forty Dean Street’s bustling outdoor tables and in the classy dining room, all red banquettes and shimmery globe lights. Locals come for staples such as aubergine parmigiana and housemade pasta. Add a classic negroni or a signature cocktail such as the Bella (amaro, bergamot liqueur, Prosecco, and soda) and savour your evening at this inviting neighbourhood gem.
The Garden at Corinthia (Charing Cross)
Pups worthy of VIP treatment should head straight to this five-star hotel. The Corinthia’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant pampers pooches with water bowls, treats, and a comfy nook by the fire. If you’re sitting on the restaurant’s scenic plant-filled terrace, your dog will be given a basket and blanket. Tuck into seafood risotto made from squid ink or a generous pizzette selection. Afterwards, sip stellar cocktails from the adjoining bar.
Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant (Chelsea)
This chic Kings Road stalwart has plump leather sofas and soothing blue walls for you—and a goody bag filled with dog treats for your pet. On the food front, there’s fresh juice and a house-baked pastry selection in the morning and a winning soft-shell crab burger with kimchi and Japanese mayo, among other globally-accented dishes, for dinner. If you and the pup are just here for happy hour, consider one of Bluebird’s well-loved martinis, which come in lychee, rose, or fresh watermelon versions, and kick back with your four-legged friend.
Grounds & Grapes (Honor Oak)
From the moment diners and their dogs walk into this Honor Oak locale, they’re met with a warm welcome from the servers who are self-proclaimed dog lovers. While your pup is being treated to water, pats and the company of the other dogs that hang out there, diners can relax in the beautiful plant-filled space. Treat yourself to a cup of house-made iced tea or one of the city’s best coffees from an outstanding selection. Pair your beverage with a brunch plate such as the Turkish eggs with Aleppo chilli butter, spicy Romesco sauce and toasted sourdough or smoked salmon on rye bread with horseradish cream.