It feels as though almost every Londoner either has a dog, or access to one. But if you’re looking for somewhere more elevated than a pub to take them, that’s can be a bit of a quandry. We’ve scoured the city for London’s best restaurants where dogs are more than welcome inside.
St James – 1 St James’s Market, London SW1Y 4QQ
In the heart of St James, Scandi spot Aquavit prides itself on being dog friendly, with dogs welcome both out on the terrace and inside the restaurant.
Soho – 90 Berwick St, London W1F 0QB
This Soho pub and restaurant goes all out for the dog market, welcoming them in with a supply of treats along with dog-friendly beer. In their manifesto “no pooch should be left at the door”.
Knightsbridge – 17-19 Egerton Terrace, London SW3 2BX
The Egerton is delighted to welcome dogs whether you’re a guest at the hotel or simply dropping in. Book the Doggy Afternoon Tea which includes a ‘dog-tini and doggy canapes’. The only restriction they impose is that dogs must be kept on a lead.
Soho – 48 Greek St, London W1D 4EF
Not only is Soho stalwart L’escargot supremely dog-friendly, welcoming dogs of all sizes into the restaurant, but they also have a resident bulldog named Doris who has a sideline as receptionist.
Whitehall – 10a Northumberland Ave, London SW1A 2BD
This alfresco restaurant in the courtyard at the Corinthia hotel in Whitehall is extremely welcoming to dogs – all four-legged guests are greeted with Mungo & Maud dog beds and organic treats. So they’re all looked after while you enjoy seasonal negronis and lobster pasta.
Mayfair – 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG
If you’re after a central London daytime spot to bringing your dog to, then Sketch’s Parlour could work. They accept “small handbag-sized dogs under 10kg” between 9am and 5pm every day of the week. The one thing they ask is that you let them know that you will be bringing a dog with you when you book.
King’s Cross – 90 York Way, King’s Cross, London N1 9AG
If you’ve been taking your dog for a walk along the canal in King’s Cross, dogs are welcome at Rotunda, where there’s a whole dog corner dedicated to dogs, with ‘dog beer’ (aka water), treats and toys. Alongside bowls of the dog beer, they offer complimentary dog biscuits at the bar too.
Islington – 220 St Paul’s Rd, Highbury, London N1 2LL
This wine bar and deli (serving food which is “contemporary European with a Turkish twist” has no restrictions on dogs, but if you let them know in advance, they’ll get you a table with a little more space around it for your dog. And they will provide water bowls too.
King’s Cross – Unit 119a Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ
The King’s Cross Sandwich shop allows dogs and has no restrictions, but they do say “we do often ask for a photo which is then passed around to the staff to much cooing etc over the particularly cute hounds”.
Highgate – 25 North Rd, London N6 4BE
When booking a table inside at this superlative Highgate gastropub let them know that you’re bringing a dog and they’ll be sure to seat you away from other dogs, so there’s no territorial warfare. We love the beer keg for dispensing water for dogs.
The Bull & Last gastropub in Highgate is known to have roast marrow bones behind the bar for its four legged friends.
London Bridge – Unit Su 59, London Bridge Station, St Thomas Street, London SE1 3QX
Serving up lobster rolls and more, Bob’s Lobster are not only dog friendly but they have a specific pet menu. On that, you’ll find dishes like a chop steak or, even a chicken supreme!
Fulham – 194 Wandsworth Bridge Rd, London SW6 2UF
Fulham restaurant Fenn tells us they’re always happy to see four-legged friends in the restaurant. They have dog bowls and also give them ice when it’s hot as they know dogs love to chew on ice. The chefs also save the meaty trimmings so they can offer them to the dogs if the owners allow. Two of the owners have dogs, so you might see them there too.
Peckham – Various locations
Both Kudu restaurants and their bar are dog-friendly – owners Amy and Patrick have an American bulldog called Ilsa that you’ll often find in one of the Kudus. All of them offer water bowls and you can also get dog biscuits in Kudu Grill (coming soon to their other places).
Peckham – 12-16 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL
Nicholas Balfe’s Peckham restaurant Levan will let you have dogs anywhere in the main restaurant (except for the kitchen counter) and always appreciate a heads up if you’re bringing a dog. They offer water and doggy treats too.
Clapham – 21 The Pavement, London SW4 0HY
This neighbourhood restaurant in Clapham welcomes dogs both indoors and on their outdoor heated and covered terrace. On top of that, every dog will get a water bowl and a treat
Battersea – 26 Circus West Village Battersea Power Station, London SW11 8EZ
If you fancy some of London’s best seafood, and want to take your dog with you, then the Wright Bros Battersea Power Station branch will work. It’s dog-friendly and staff will ensure there is a water bowl and treats for dogs to enjoy whilst guests tuck into their shellfish.
Dalston – 56 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AH
The Japanese/Italian mash-up in Dalston is very welcoming of dogs. They just ask diners to let them know in advance so they can make room for the pooch.
Bethnal Green – 23-27 Wadeson Street, London, E2 9DR
If you’re heading to this popular warehouse spot for dinner, then it’s good to know that they welcome dogs in both the bar and restaurant area. The rules are that small way behaved dogs are welcome as long as they can sit under the banquette benches.
Clerkenwell – 82 Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7DB
If you fancy tacos while out with your dog, head to Breddos. They tell us they love dogs as long as they’re calm, and they’re kept to the area that the owners are dining while they feast on tacos. They’ll also provide water for dogs.
Smithfield – 36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross St, London EC1M 6BN
Brutto’s Russell Norman has three dogs himself and the restaurant’s manager’s dog even has its own Instagram account, so dogs are very welcome. There are no restrictions, they’ll assume that owners are well capable of controlling their dogs and they will provide bones too. The Florentine T-Bone bistecca are cooked in a way that make them perfect for dogs. All that and they’ve managed to source some silver dog bowls, so your dog will get proper silver service treatment here.
Dalston – 2-4 Tottenham Road, London N1 4BZ
The Dalston wine bar goes as far as to say that they’re not only very dog friendly but it’s actually “preferred”. They say “dogs are offered water and a nice cool floor to lie on”.
Chelsea – 350 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UU
Outside on the terrace, the staff at Bluebird on the King’s Road proffer dog blankets for any four-legged guests. They also allow dogs into the bar area upstairs, so dog owners can enjoy cocktails and a range of bar snacks. Look out for the occasional dog brunches too in partnership with Love My Human every few months.
Fulham – Walham Grove, London SW6 1QP
London’s first (and only) Michelin-starred pub, The Harwood Arms, stays true to its pub roots by being very amenable to diners with dogs. So you can pop in for a top drawer dinner, or one of their legendary Sunday roasts knowing you can bring your dog with you.
Belgravia – 139 Ebury St, London SW1W 9QU
Newish Belgravia spot Ganymede is very dog owner-friendly (we hear a certain West End composer is already a regular with his pooch). They provide dog bowls and treats to all four-legged guests.
Notting Hill – 2-4 Farmer St, London W8 7SN
Introducing Notting Hill folk to the joys of Baja-Nihon cuisine, Los Mochis is actually named after owner Markus’s dog. You’ll spot various artworks of said pet in and around the restaurant. Given all that you can expect a very warm welcome for your own dog here.
Kensington – 6 Old Ct Pl, London W8 4PL
Perennial Kensington favourite, Maggie Jones is always delighted to welcome guests with dogs. Look out for the occasional dog-specific event too; on previous National Dog Days they’ve supplied dogs with their own homemade sausages.
Chiswick – 66-68 Chiswick High Rd, London W4 1SY
This popular Chiswick Italian may be fine dining, but they’re also totally fine when it comes to welcoming dogs. As they put it “When your four-legged friend is considered family, it’s only right that they join you for your night out”. All dogs are welcome, as long as they’re well behaved.
Restaurant Groups & Chains
Bellanger, Soutine Colbert & Zedel
Dogs are allowed inside in Bellanger, in the front section at Soutine, in the bar at Colbert and in the ground floor cafe at Zedel. As a super cute touch, they do special dog biscuits complete with each restaurant’s logo on them.
With bars including The Folly, The Parlour & The Refinery Bankside, all Drake & Morgan bars are dog friendly. You can bring along your furry friend to enjoy dog treats and even Pawsecco. This year thir St Paul’s bar, The Happenstance, launched London’s first ever dog and drag brunch series.
Barrafina, Parillan, El Pastor and Quo Vadis
All the Harts Group restaurants are except for Parrillan where it’s dangerous with the open grills. They provide water and the only thing they ask is that your dog is well behaved.
North and East London
Whether you’re enjoying sharing plates at Westerns or a perfect pastry at Jolene, you can rest assured that your dog is welcome at any of the group’s restaurants or bakeries. They do ask that you bring something for your dog to sit on (and that you don’t let them up on the furniture).
All Gauchos (with the exception of the one at the O2) welcome well-behaved dogs. There are a few guidelines for dog-owners which they helpfully list on their website and up at Gaucho Hampstead the first Sunday of every month is Doggy Sunday with special activities for dogs (and their owners).
As anyone who follows Jose on Instagram will know, he’s a chef who dotes on his two dogs. Correspondingly his group of Spanish restaurants are all (with the exception of the one in the Royal Academy) very dog-friendly.
The ultimate dog friendly restaurant group – Megan’s pretty much built its business model on attracting folk with pets to its cafes across London. Dog beds, treats and water bowls are all available so you can be sure that your dog is as well looked after, if not better, than you are.
All MEATliquor sites other than Croydon are dog friendly (that’s only because Boxpark don’t allow dogs) and are all stocked with manner of treats and water bowls. Dogs are welcome all times of the day so the next time you fancy a Dead Hippy whilst on a walk you can swing by here.
All London branches
The burger chain features a special Woof Menu as part of its dog-friendly approach. Treats include Pooch-ini (Red velvet dog biscuits and vanilla custard (Not intended for small dogs) and Bag O’Bones – a doggie bag of five red velvet dog biscuits by Outsider Tart.
All the Vinoteca wine bars, including the group’s most recent opening in Borough Yards, are super dog friendly. There are no particular restrictions and they’re happy to provide water bowls (and petting as required!).
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