From mouth-watering eateries to fantastic parks, we’ve uncovered the top things to do in London with your four-legged friend by your side, as well as some of the capital’s finest dog-friendly destinations.
1. St James’s Park, Westminster
Considered the most beautiful royal park in London, St James’s Park is a truly fabulous place to visit with your pooch. Spanning over 58 acres, walk round the park’s lake to see the resident ducks, geese and pelicans – and the spot where Joely Richardson and Jeff Daniels’ characters were careered into the lake by their dogs in the live-action version of 101 Dalmatians.
Stay at: The Rubens at the Palace – only a 15 minute walk away from St James’s Park, The Rubens is a majestic four-star dog-friendly hotel set in the heart of London’s biggest attractions. Four-legged guests will be gifted with a welcome hamper, plus a specially prepared menu for canine guests is available, as well as dog walking, dog sitting and dog grooming services.
If you and your pooch are literarily inclined, we highly recommend a visit to The Society Club. Based in London’s most vibrant district, this bookshop and members club will provide a truly unique experience. Browse and admire the eclectic range of books and art with Fido during the day, or stop by on a Friday night to enjoy some verse over a delicious cocktail.
Stay at: Rosewood – reminiscent of a British manor home, expect to receive a warm welcome from Rosewood’s resident Golden Retriever Pearl on arrival! This hotel is only steps away from Covent Garden and a quick tube journey from Soho.
3. Old Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields
As London’s oldest market, Spitalfields is a must-visit when in London with your four-legged friend. Open seven days a week, trawl though the stalls alongside Fido – from contemporary and vintage fashion, children’s toys, jewellery and accessories, and homeware – you’re sure to find some fabulous buys! As the market is undercover, come rain or shine Spitalfields makes for a great day out, and there are lots of places to sit and eat with your pooch.
Stay at: South Place Hotel – as stylish as it is dog-friendly, South Place Hotel will provide you with a jogging/walking map of the City area, plus your pooch can join you in the hotel’s ‘Secret Garden’ – a stunning outdoor bar for guests and hotel club members only.
Fine-dining is a prerequisite when in London and nowhere has a choicer menu than L’Escargot. Feast on some typical French food in the downstairs restaurant – however if you and your four-legged want to be truly spoilt, head to the newly refurbished members-only club, Upstairs – literally! Doris the resident English Bulldog will be waiting to greet you, as will some free dog food and chews.
Stay at: The Chesterfield Mayfair – epitomising Mayfair chic, The Chesterfield is a fabulous dog-friendly base for exploring central London. The shops on Bond Street, Piccadilly are just minutes away as are the royal parks. Four-legged guests will be gifted a pet welcome hamper, plus the hotel will provide dog sitting and dog walking services should you need them.
With 350 acres of land to explore and over 4,000 trees to sniff, Hyde Park is a doggy dream in the centre of London. As well as the beautiful lake, meadow and flower gardens to admire, there are a host of activities to enjoy. Cycle and skate along the pathways, boat on The Serpentine or have a game of tennis on one of the courts.
Stay at: The Milestone Hotel – described as an English country mansion in the city, your pup will certainly be treated like a Lord or Lady of the manor at this dog-friendly hotel. Plus, some of London’s most beautiful royal parks – including Hyde Park – are within walking distance of the hotel.
Embrace the fabulously British tradition of afternoon tea with your furry friend at Egerton House! Perfect for breaking up a day of shopping and sightseeing, choose from either a traditional or champagne tea – both will come with delicious finger sandwiches and pastries for you to nibble on. All breeds and sizes of dogs are welcome to join and a bowl will be provided for your pet.
Stay at: The Egerton House Hotel – as you’ll be taking tea at this luxury dog-friendly townhouse, you may as well stay there too! Situated in Knightsbridge, The Egerton feels like a home from home and you’ll be treated like treasured family friends. Four-legged guests will be given a welcome hamper, plus there are dog sitting, dog walking and grooming services available.
7. The Orange, Pimlico
Serving nothing but beautifully cooked dishes made from locally sourced British food – The Orange is a real dog-friendly treat! Well-behaved doggies are more than welcome to join you in the downstairs bar as you enjoy a glass of wine and wood fired pizza. The super-friendly staff will even provide Fido with his own water bowl!
Stay at: B+B Belgravia – reflecting an equal amount of sophistication as the district it’s situated in, the B+B Belgravia is a fabulous dog-friendly choice. Fido is welcome in all areas of the hotel with the exception of the breakfast room, plus your dog will be provided with food and water bowls.
A foodie favourite – cult burger chain Shake Shack is the perfect refuel stop after a day in London. The menu even has its own ‘Woof’ section so Fido won’t feel left out! We recommend the frozen vanilla custard Pooch-ini with peanut butter sauce and red velvet dog biscuits, for your four-legged friend.
Stay at: The Montague on the Gardens – this Georgian townhouse in elegant Bloomsbury is ideal for canine travellers wanting to stay in the heart of the city but away from the clamour. Doggy guests will receive a pet welcome hamper, as well as a bed and bowls. The hotel also provides dog sitting and dog walking services.
9. Sloane Street, Chelsea
Take your fashion forward hound on the ultimate London shopping experience. Stroll along Sloane Street and enjoy a day of browsing around the top boutiques! Versace, Cartier and Tiffany & Co. are just a few of the stores that will welcome your furry friend with open arms. Once you’ve both shopped until you’ve dropped, pet-friendly restaurant Colbert is a must-visit – your pooch will be treated to bones and bowls of water whilst you enjoy their delicious French dishes.
Stay at: Belgraves Hotel – the perfect blend of Britannia and bohemia, dog-friendly boutique Belgraves is ideal for a weekend stay in the city. Super dog-friendly – all breeds and sizes are welcome, plus Hyde Park is only a bone’s throw away from this Belgravia bolthole!