Dogs are for life, not just for Christmas, don’t you know? And more and more places are making it easier for you to incorporate your furry friend into your social life, there’s even a dog walk at London Fashion Week! So to make your life easier, we’ve rounded-up our five favourite pooch-perfect eateries in the capital.
M Threadneedle Street
What: Doggy Disco
Why: If man is a dog’s best friend then surely M Restaurants must be their favourite restaurant as the innovative venue revels in throwing unique events, geared towards honouring our canine chums. Events include Doggy Disco where guests can enjoy brunch for themselves and their pet pooch plus games and the chance to hit the dance floor with old skool tunes playing to get both legs and paws moving.
Where: 2 & 3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, The City, EC2R 8HP
What: Canine Coffee Mornings
Why: So they aren’t exactly a restaurant, but this shop with an attached café certainly loves dogs. From their Dog of the Week on their website to canine coffee mornings in their shop, they’re all about our four-legged pals. If you’re out and about with your hound in Notting Hill it’s definitely worth checking out.
Where: 128 Talbot Road, Notting Hill, W11 1JA
What: Comes With Its Own Bull Dog
Why: Soho’s famous French restaurant isn’t just for us, nope: they cater for dogs too, as they serve mutts free food and snacks all day. And it’s not just any old dog food, because 1) you can choose the flavor and 2) it’s Canagan which mimics dogs ancestor’s diets – so rather like Paleo for us humans. You might spy Doris too, the restaurant’s gorgeous bull dog.
Where: 48 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4EF
What: North London Dog Fun
Why: For North London dog lovers, the Drapers Arms in Islington is the place to find some rest mid-walk. Wear the dog out a little on a walk down picturesque Regent’s Canal to escape the buzz of the City before popping in to the classic gastro-pub to refuel. Expect hearty, homely fare such as Deep-fried snails and Suet-crust beef cheek and red wine pie. In the summer, The Handbook recommends taking a seat in the enclosed garden out the back, but dogs are also welcome in the pub’s downstairs bar so you can pop in during the winter months too.
Where: 44 Barnsbury Street, Islington, N1 1ER
What: Dogs In The Parlour
Why: Sketch, the quirky Mayfair hangout, is all for dogs, and while they’re not allowed in the three-Michelin starred Pierre Gagnaire’s Library restaurant they’re very welcome downstairs in the Parlour.
Where: 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG
Drake and Morgan at King’s Cross
What: Pawsecco Anyone?
Why: All Drake and Morgan bars are dog-friendly. So much so that they’ve invested in special crockery for the little muts that visit. Not only that, they’ve got animal Prosecco (Pawsecco) to wash down all those dog treats. Not quite Lady and the Tramp, but nearly.
Where: 6 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG
Sofitel London St James
What: Sleep With Your Dog
Why: After you and your dog-friend have been out for a romantic dinner, you’re going to need somewhere to turn in at night. Why not push the boat out and check into the Sofitel London St James? The hotel is fully dog-friendly, meaning you can enjoy the untrammelled luxury of this grand St James’s restaurant along with your canine friend. And best of all, no cats; like your dog, they’re not cat-friendly.
Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London