Whether it’s a rewarding coffee after a doggy summer walk, a meet up for brunch with your girlfriends and their dogs or a stop off at a dog-friendly park cafe, it’s always so much more fun with your best furry friend in tow. We’ve sniffed out our top 10 best in show dog-friendly cafes that offer a warm doggie welcome to our canine friends plus tempting treats, water bowls and a chance for them to meet up with their doggie besties.
Hally’s, Parsons Green
Everyone loves this Californian-style cafe in Parsons Green where your dog will receive a wonderful welcome and catch up with their friends after a swift walk around Hurlingham Park or the Green itself. Anna, the stylish owner, has a gorgeous Irish Terrier called Arthur and knows how to keep the canines happy. Brunch staples include mashed avocado on toast and wild mushrooms on brioche topped with an egg. Or enjoy a delicious smoothie or an Aperol Spritz. Doggie biscuits and freshwater available.
Petersham Nurseries, Richmond Park
Park at Roehampton Gate and take a brisk hour’s walk to Richmond Gate then walk down the hill to Petersham Nurseries – a super stylish nursery plus fabulous restaurants. Take your dog for a tour of the nursery then visit the tea house for a coffee and homemade cake, or quiche and salad while you sit back and survey the picturesque greenhouses filled with glorious flowers and plants. You are bound to get chatting to one of the other dog owners and don’t forget to visit the fabulous gift shop where your dog is welcome too.
Famous as an Artisan Roastery it is also a coffee shop – expect your dog to receive an even better welcome than you. Lots of East London hipsters working nearby bring their dogs in every day. Lots of different blends of coffee as you would expect and quirky breakfast choices. Watch your eggs being scrambled in the open kitchen at the centre of the cafe and buy a bag or two of your favourite blend of coffee before you leave.
Bluebird Cafe, Chelsea
One of our all-time favourite cafes, a Grade II listed which had its origins as an Art Deco garage complex for the Bluebird Motor Company makes a welcome. Escape from the bustle of the Kings Road. Choose a lovely squashy sofa on the Forecourt for a delicious coffee and pastry. Your dog will receive a wonderful welcome and a fresh bowl of water. It’s the ideal place for people and pet watching!
79 Collective, Putney
A wonderful stop-off point on the Lower Richmond Road if you are taking a stroll with your best furry friend along the towpath between Putney and Barnes. The cafe is very dog-friendly as every morning a collection of locals congregate with their dogs outside for their takeaway coffee. There’s also a charming dog-friendly garden at the back. Delicious coffee is served as well as lots of Kiwi and Aussie treats. Ronan Keating and his wife Storm are investors in this lovely cafe!
Pear Tree Cafe, Battersea Park
After a brisk walk around the Battersea park enjoy coffee and breakfast at the super dog-friendly Pear Tree Cafe – known for its fabulous food and equally fabulous location by the lake. Dogs are welcome inside and out and there are loads of tables available outside with lovely views across the lake, Open from 8am enjoy buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs or an acai bowl with your coffee while you and your best friend watch the world go by.
202, Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
Open from 8.30 202 is a stalwart of Notting Hill and simply the best place for a restful coffee and breakfast before your shopping trip along Westbourne Grove. Super dog-friendly and extremely spacious, 202 has outside seating with pretty wicker tables and chairs, inside dining with your dog as well as a little garden at the back. A concept store with quirky fashion, books and object d’art. It also serves up delicious brunch choices. Try their French toast on brioche with crispy bacon and maple syrup.
One of the loveliest spots in London is the Serpentine Lido Cafe. Perfect for a relaxing sit down after a brisk walk around the park with your canine companion. It has recently undergone an extensive facelift and now has a very smart Alfresco area with umbrellas, offering stunning views of the Lake. It’s a great place to meet up with other dog owners while enjoying a cappuccino and delicious bacon roll. A must-visit for you and your best furry friend!
Megan’s, Kings Road
Megan’s began its life as a small antique shop on the Kings Road but such has been its success that it now offers other several locations including Chiswick, Clapham Common, Islington and Kensington. Megan’s is famously dog-friendly with dogs being welcomed by name in the Kings Road branch and ushered into their beautiful Mediterranean style garden at the back. Dogs are offered fresh water and biscuits and regulars are photographed for the gallery. Megan’s also hosts a dog-friendly festival in the summer called Barkstival.
Chiswick House cafe, Chiswick
After a walk around the 65 acres of wilderness, fountains and lakes, stop off at the dog-friendly Chiswick House and Gardens cafe, which opens every day from 8am. Designed by award-winning architects Caruso St John the contemporary space looks out onto the neo-Palladian villa. There’s plenty of outdoor al fresco dining where your dog can stretch out and may offer to help you eat your delicious sausage or bacon bap.