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.
Parks and Paws
Situated next to Walpole Park in Ealing, Soane’s Kitchen is the perfect spot to visit after a long walk with the dog. Head there for lunches of charred cauliflower steak with tahini and toasted almonds, pots of tea and slices of apple, Ealing honey and elderflower cake and bottomless brunch on Sundays. And of course, dogs are welcome to join too.
Where: Walpole Park, Mattock Ln, London W5 5EQ
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
Canine Coffee Mornings
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
Mews of Mayfair doesn’t imply there are a bunch of tiny kittens hanging about, but dogs on the other hand are most welcome! Our favourite little hideaway just a stones throw from Bond Street, allows dogs in all forms whether they be large or smaller hounds. You can sit and enjoy food and drink a’plenty whilst not having to worry about what Fido is getting up to back at home, as your pet sits by your in the courtyard or in the bars on the ground floor. Smaller ‘lap dogs’ are also allowed in the Brasserie and Mews Pizza Co, the lucky things. So, if you’re fancying a feast and have no-one to dog sit, you know where’s best!
The pictured pooch can be found here on Insta
Where: 10 Lancashire Court New Bond Street W1S 1EY
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
Comes With Its Own Bull Dog
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
North London Dog Fun
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
Dogs In The Parlour
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, Mayfair, W1S 2XG
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
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, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London St Pancras (0.1 miles)
Sleep With Your Dog
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, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
Cover image: Aurélie Four @photobya4