It's a dog's life: 20 pooch-friendly spots in London


Sarah Guy picks the best spots to go walkies with your four-legged pal.

Best beer gardens for big mutts

Brownswood Tavern

Dogs of all sizes and breeds welcome’ at this N4 favourite. There’s outdoor seating for 150 people (and plenty of floor space for pups). 271 Green Lanes, N4 2EX

The Canonbury Tavern

A spacious pub with a huge garden – it’s well maintained and refined, just like the neighbourhood. Classy hounds will approve. 21 Canonbury Pl, N1 2NS

The Roebuck

A lovely walled space, with flowers and foliage. Dogs get toys, treats and water; people get great pub grub. 50 Great Dover St, SE1 4YG

Royal Inn on the Park

Right on Victoria Park – this is the perfect place for a post-walk pint. 111 Lauriston Rd, E9 7HJ

The Wood House

The expansive patio space is ringed by trees and a set of (heated) garden huts. They’ve also found room for an alfresco Burger Shack. 39 Sydenham Hill, SE26 6RS

The Green Room

Best places to dine with your dog

Andrew Edmunds

A Soho stalwart with a mighty fine wine list. They might even take large pooches if you ask nicely, though space is limited. 46 Lexington St, Soho, W1F 0LP


An Alsatian-inspired (the region, not the breed) all-day brasserie, serving everything from cocktails to three-course meals. Your lapdog will love it. 9 Islington Green, N1 2XH 


Casual French bistro in Clapham with a doggy entente cordiale. 67 Venn Street, SW4 0BD

The Green Room

Pups get a warm welcome at this airy brasserie. It makes a handy pit stop for riverside walks and there’s a garden out front for sunny days. 101 Upper Ground, Lambeth, SE1 9PP

The Harwood Arms

How many places have a Michelin star and a dog bowl? The go-to gastropub for a special supper with your four-legged friend. Walham Grove, Fulham, SW6 1QP

Richmond Park

Best parks 

Alexandra Park

The panoramic views make this a popular north London walking spot, but there’s plenty of space for all (196 acres, in fact). Alexandra Palace rail

Brockwell Park

Surprisingly rural in feel, this lovely park has lots of variety, amazing trees and wide open spaces. There’s also an annual dog show. Herne Hill rail

Clissold Park

The green space for sociable hounds and their owners – walk your dog here and you’ll both make friends in no time. Stoke Newington Overground

Hilly Fields

A much-loved local park, with lots of big open spaces, uphill walking and amazing views of central London. Ladywell rail

Regent’s Park

A classic central London park, with the bonus of smells and sounds from ZSL London Zoo. Regent’s Park

London for Dogs Victoria Park

Best dog boutiques

Barkers of Muswell Hill

An impressive dog emporium, with everything from food to flea treatments, not to mention toys and accessories. There’s also a very modern grooming parlour to pamper your pooch. 70 Fortis Green Rd, N10 3HN

Holly & Lil

Best known for their vast range of handmade dog collars, this welcoming shop is also crammed with other accessories. Pick up its local map of dog-friendly places, too. 103 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XB

Pack and Clowder

A charming store selling all sorts of carefully sourced goodies for dogs (and, whisper it, cats). You’ll find everything from raw food to tartan bow ties. 18 Chatsworth Rd, E5 0LP

Maison Dog

Grooming, accessories and dog-centred collectibles are what you’ll find at this delightful East Dulwich boutique. 20 N Cross Rd, East Dulwich, SE22 9EU

Pet Pavilion

If you can’t find it here, then Fido probably doesn’t need it. Pet Pavilion even makes its own dog treats. 174 Kensington Church St, W8 4DP

Sarah Guy is the author of ‘London for Dogs’, Ebury Press, £9.99

Pictures by Ben Rowe 

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