Although many restaurants, pubs and other eateries no longer allow you to take your dog in them, you may be surprised to learn there are still a few around the capital that do! But what does the law say about dogs being allowed into areas where people eat? The answer is that as long the proprietor follows strict standards of hygiene, then dogs are allowed on the premises – according to the current EU legislation that is.
Dogs are allowed in restaurants, pubs, cafés, tea rooms and any other places where people eat, at the discretion of proprietors. A few years ago the Kennel Club of Great Britain began a campaign to encourage businesses to be more dog friendly – they called it “Open for Dogs” and it all started back in 2008. England is a nation of dog lovers, so why not take beloved pooches out on a social outing?
Below are a few places in and around London where dogs and their owners are always very welcome.
This is a wonderfully artistic coffee shop right in the heart of Soho, where pooches are welcomed with open arms. The café boasts a lovely ambiance where you can enjoy great coffee and lots of home made cakes with your loyal best friend.
This is a very smart establishment right in the heart of London where dogs are allowed in the downstairs bar. The pub is extremely famous and part of the Cubitt House chain – well worth a visit.
Right in the heart of Theatre-land, this is a gorgeous dog friendly pub that's in one of the most vibrant areas of the capital. Great location and lovely friendly atmosphere and it's one all dog owners really appreciate.
This is a lively pub that's full of character in a great location. Dogs are always welcome which is great for anyone who wants to take their four legged friend for a stroll around the park and then grab a bite to eat and a relaxing drink with their pets in tow.
Another traditional dog friendly pub located just off Marylebone High Street – if you love taking part in a quiz or two, there's one every Monday night and your pet will always be welcomed to join in the fun.
A gorgeous café in a great location that welcomes dogs with open arms from mid morning coffee, lunch as well as afternoon tea.
This great Italian restaurant is a little tucked away but it's definitely worth finding and taking your pooch to. The food is great and the location in Maida Vale makes it one of the most popular haunts with many a dog owning local.
Another restaurant where dogs are always welcome – being pretty close to Hyde Park, it's a favourite haunt for many a dog owner who lives in the area as well as dog owning visitors to Kensington.
A great bar/restaurant in a lovely location where dogs and owners are welcome to treat themselves to good food and rather nice cocktails. After a good morning constitutional, Westbourne House offers a very filling breakfast too.
Little Venice is probably one of the most beautiful districts in London and this pub is right in the middle of it. It's ultra dog friendly in a lovely location that's always a joy to meander around.
This is a bright and lively café come bar/restaurant where dogs are welcome at all times of the day. It's a relaxed, trendy spot in Chiswick and a firm favourite with many dog owners.
This is an extremely dog friendly pub – it's a big one too seating around 70 people in one go. The atmosphere is convivial with lots of like minded dog owners finding their way to the Prince Bonaparte especially on weekends!
This lovely road, just off Kensington High Street is a nice place at any time of the day to take a dog for a walk. There's lots of interesting shops and the Churchill Arms is a delightfully dog friendly place to spend a little time in. The pub just happens to be one of the most famous ones in the whole of the UK too!
This is a great traditional British pub that's ultra dog friendly making it a popular haunt with many dog owners in the area. In the winter, there's log fires and in the summer, dining al fresco with dogs always welcome.
Another wonderful dog friendly traditional pub that boasts a beer garden – a lovely place to spend an hour or two in the summer when the weather is sunny and warm!
This is an ultra dog friendly pub where the food served happens to be exceptionally good. The area too is popular with many people walking their four legged friends and then stopping at the Red Lion and Sun for a spot of lunch at the weekends.
If you like Scandinavian food then this is the perfect spot for you and your dog to savour just a little bit of those northern countries where Vikings originated from. Dogs are most welcome and you can even get a doggy bag!
This is an amazing artisan bakery and coffee shop where dogs are most welcome. Famous for its sourdough – the E5 Bakehouse is worth stopping at half way through your dog walk to have a coffee and a cake.
Another dog friendly café only this one is vegan too! It's run by volunteers and is a firm favourite with many local dog owners.
A nineteen forties themed tea room where dogs are really welcome – this is a great weekend retreat where afternoon tea can be enjoyed with your pooch and other like minded dog owners too!
Naturally, taking a dog on a social outing means they have to be well behaved and on a lead at all times. However, having a meal, a cup of tea and a cake in a dog friendly environment is a lot of fun. Puppies can learn a lot if they spend more time out with their owners, and what better place than in a restaurant, pub or café – it certainly beats going to the vet to learn how to sit quietly and behave!