The dog owner’s guide to London

Where to take your pup for the perfect canine-friendly day out

M Restaurants. Image: Aurélie Four

Once, living in a city was a dog-owner’s nightmare: there was nowhere to let your energetic pup run around, and waiters would sneer at your faltering request to let four-legged friends curl up beneath your restaurant table. These days, it’s a different story. London is a canine paradise, with more dog-friendly venues than ever, a host of pampering destinations for well-groomed pooches and a wealth of apps to help you track down local pet owners (see our round-up of top tech for your pet here). Here are some of our favourites…

WHERE TO DINE WITH YOUR DOG

Plenty of eateries now welcome dogs, and many will even go the extra mile to look after them. M Victoria Street serves a dog-friendly brunch every Saturday morning; its ‘six-leg menu’ (priced at £35, including a £5 donation to a canine charity) comprises two courses for both owners and their pups, with treats on offer including bacon and peanut-butter cookies. Gaucho Hampstead also offers a doggy brunch on the first Sunday of each month, with bookings made in your pet’s name and a red carpet unfurled to welcome canines in state. 

M Restaurants. Image: Aurélie Four

Mews of Mayfair regularly tops polls of London’s best restaurants for dogs, with its pretty cobbled courtyard providing a peaceful spot for Rover and friends to enjoy the sunshine; while Bellanger, an Alsatian brasserie in Islington, hands out bowls of water and bone-shaped doggy biscuits.

Mews of Mayfair 

There’s even a canine drinking scene in the making, thanks to the launch of London’s first doggy bar. Open for after-work drinks on Fridays and throughout weekends until September, the newly opened Pet Pavilion Pawsecco Bar, based in the brand’s Chelsea store, gives four-legged friends the chance to enjoy a specialised Pawsecco blend of elderflower, nettle, ginseng and limeflower. Alternatively, they can indulge in a Doggy ‘Bottom Sniffer’ Beer, Doggy Gelato and canapés courtesy of The Rockster.

The Pet Pavilion Pawsecco Bar

WHERE TO PAMPER YOUR DOG

The newest addition to London’s dog-grooming scene is Bow Wow London, a chic salon in the heart of Bloomsbury that was officially opened by Amanda Holden (in the company of her dog Buddy) earlier this month. Equipped with its own doggy hairdryers, the salon offers specialist services including the Wash & Go, the Bow Wow Express and The Full Bow Wow Experience; pups will particularly enjoy the Thalassotherapy Mud Bath treatment, which will leave them deeply cleansed, with a glistening coat. Alternatively, visit Pet Spa London on Fulham Road, whose expertly trained staff will treat your furry companion to its signature blueberry facials and paw-dicures.

Amanda Holden’s dog, Buddy, at Bow Wow London

WHERE TO TAKE YOUR DOG SHOPPING

Discerning dogs stay on top of the latest sartorial trends with a visit to Mungo & Maud, a Belgravia-based store that specialises in stylish accessories for dogs and cats, from clothing, collars and toys to beds and blankets. Pet Pavilion, which has branches in Chelsea, Kensington, Notting Hill and Wimbledon, is a veritable emporium for pets, stocking an array of gourmet treats, fashion, accessories and grooming kit, and even offers a pet-concierge service catering for almost any canine request, including dog walking, spa treatments and even travel in a ‘pet limo’. Orvis, whose flagship store is on Regent Street, is another good bet for a spot of shopping with your pooch; fans of its famous monogrammed dog beds include David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay.

Mungo and Maud dog bed and toy

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