Top 8 Dog-Friendly Things to Do in London

Top 8 Dog-Friendly Things to Do in London

Tuesday, 16 April 2024
Are you searching for ways to enjoy London to the fullest with your furry companion by your side? Whether you're a local resident or a visitor, the city has plenty of dog-friendly experiences waiting for you. From charming parks to welcoming cafes, we've curated the ultimate guide to help you explore these and other exciting London attractions, ensuring a memorable visit for both you and your furry friend.

Strap on your walking shoes, leash in hand, and embark on an adventure to discover the top dog-friendly activities that London has to offer. Together, you and your beloved four-legged companion will create cherished memories to last a lifetime.

 Labrador puppies sitting on the grass amid orange leaves in a park.

1. DOG FRIENDLY PARKS AND GREEN SPACES 

In Bloomsbury, London you'll discover an array of dog-friendly attractions filled with spacious parks and pedestrian-only walking zones perfect for leisurely walks with your furry friend.  Russell Square Garden is a picture-perfect and popular spot located in the heart of London. The park boasts lush greenery, vibrant floral displays, and inviting seating areas, allowing you to unwind while your canine companion explores to their heart's content. Morton Hotel, our dog-friendly haven, enjoys a convenient location mere steps away from Russell Square Garden, ensuring our guests have the perfect location for a paw-fect staycation! 

For those yearning to escape the urban hustle and bustle, Osterley Park and House in Isleworth offers a tranquil retreat. This breathtaking National Trust property warmly welcomes dogs, boasting sprawling green expanses, wooded groves, and a serene lake. Meander through the park's enchanting gardens, indulging in a leisurely picnic alongside your cherished canine companion.

Pro tip: Always carry water and a portable bowl for your dog to stay hydrated, especially during those warmer days. Check the park's website ahead of your visit for any seasonal restrictions or events that might affect your plans.
 
Mother and daughter enjoy coffee & treats at a cafe, with daughter holding their dog's paw.

2. DOG-FRIENDLY CAFES AND RESTAURANTS IN LONDON

Treat yourself and your pup to a meal at one of the many dog-friendly cafes and restaurants in London. Indulge in delicious food while your pup enjoys the pet-friendly atmosphere. 

Whether you're craving a hearty brunch, a gourmet dinner, or a quick snack on the go, there are many dog-friendly eateries in London to satisfy your cravings. Many cafes and restaurants across the city offer outdoor seating areas where dogs are warmly welcomed. One such gem is the Botanica restaurant at our Bedford Hotel, where you can relax in the charming terraced garden and savour a delightful British meal alongside your furry companion.

After a day of urban exploration, unwind in the company of fellow dog lovers, creating cherished memories at Pawsitive Cafe, London's top spot for you and your pooch! The combination of mental health and furry friends creates a tranquil atmosphere for you and your dog. They also offer delicious treats and calming activities for your furry friends. 

Remember: Check the specific pet policies of each establishment before visiting. Some may require dogs to be on a lead or have certain rules in place to ensure the comfort of all patrons.

 Three Boxer dogs in varied colours sit in a row, all looking upward in the same direction.

3. DOG-FRIENDLY MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES 

Explore the city's rich heritage as you and your loyal companion, uncover fascinating artefacts and immerse yourselves in captivating exhibitions. 
Begin your exploration at the Natural History Museum, where you can marvel at an impressive collection of dinosaur fossils and learn about the wonders of the natural world. Then, for a truly unique historical experience, venture to the British Museum, renowned for its vast collection representing the history and culture of civilisations across the globe. 

If you're craving a dose of contemporary art, head to the dog-friendly Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. Here, you can engage with thought-provoking exhibitions and discover emerging artists from around the world. With spacious galleries to explore, your furry companion will be thrilled to be a part of your artistic adventure.

Remember: Your furry pals must be kept on a lead at all times while visiting the art galleries and museums.  

 A tri coloured Corgi on a leash sits beside its owner.

 4. VISIT DOG-FRIENDLY MARKETS IN LONDON 

Treat yourself to street food, artisanal snacks, and international cuisines while your pup happily sniffs around for their tasty treasures. Not only are dog-friendly markets a great place to shop, but they also offer a fun and social environment for both you and your pooch. Connect with fellow dog owners, exchange pet tips, and make new friends. It's the perfect way to enjoy a day of shopping and entertainment with your loyal friend by your side.

A beloved destination for dog owners in London, Maltby Street Market in Bermondsey beckons with its enticing array of street food and gourmet treats. Maltby Street Market in Bermondsey is a favourite spot for dog owners in London, drawing visitors with its tempting selection of street food and gourmet delights. After a delightful stroll, consider unwinding with an English Afternoon Tea at the Morton Hotel. The boutique property serves fluffy scones and delightful cakes in The Library, a cosy bar complete with comfortable seating, fireplaces, and book-lined walls.

On Saturdays you can visit Broadway market in Hackney. This market in east London is like stepping into a bustling little town in a big city. Stalls line the street, selling all sorts of tasty treats, fresh fruits and veggies, and quirky handmade goods, with a lively atmosphere. 

Whether you're a food lover looking for something delicious to eat or just fancy soaking up the lively atmosphere, Broadway Market is the place to be. It’s a welcoming community where everyone feels at home, and where you'll always find something new to discover.

Greenwich Market is another lively spot with a vibrant village charm. It's packed with stalls selling tasty treats, unique crafts, and fresh produce. The best part? It's dog-friendly! Pooches are warmly welcomed, enhancing the already inviting atmosphere. Greenwich Market is a must-visit. It's like a little community hub where everyone, including furry friends, can enjoy a fun day out. 

Pro tip: When visiting dog-friendly markets, keep your dog on a short lead to navigate through crowded spaces more easily and safely. 

 Bulldog in pride rainbow flag gets petted on a crowded street.

5. DOG-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES AND TOURS

Engage in exciting dog-friendly activities and tours in London. From guided walks to scenic boat trips, there are plenty of unique experiences you can enjoy with your pup. Embark on a guided walking tour and discover the hidden gems of London's dog-friendly neighbourhoods. 

For a fresh perspective, consider a leisurely boat trip along the river Thames. Numerous boat tours in London happily welcome well-behaved dogs, offering a chance to admire the city's iconic landmarks from a unique vantage point. Glide past renowned sights like Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament as your furry companion unwinds beside you, soaking in the breathtaking scenery.

Pup Up Cafe is a haven where dog lovers gather with their furry companions, particularly dachshunds! Located in London, they've been hosting Dachshund Pop Up Cafes for years, providing a chance for sausage dogs and their humans to socialise. Excitingly, they've expanded to include pop-up cafes for pugs, Frenchies, and soon, all dog breeds. Visit their Instagram page @pupupcafe for details on all dog events in your area and join the Pup Up Cafe excitement at a pop-up dog event near you.

Pro Tip: Check for any local dog events like fairs or meet-ups which can be a great way for you and your dog to socialise and find a dog-loving community.

 Bulldog looks out of a silver car's passenger window

 6. DOG-FRIENDLY TRANSPORT IN LONDON 

London has an extensive public transportation network that welcomes dogs. The iconic London Underground allows well-behaved dogs to travel during off-peak hours. However, it's important to note that dogs must be on a lead and should be well-mannered to ensure a pleasant journey for everyone.

You can also bring your furry friend along on buses, provided they are on a leash or in a carrier. Many buses in London have low-floor access, facilitating easier boarding for passengers with dogs. If you opt for a taxi, numerous dog-friendly taxi services are available in London. These taxis are specially equipped to accommodate dogs, ensuring a safe and comfortable ride for both you and your pet.

Pro Tip: Familiarise your dog with public transport in quieter times to help them get used to the environment and reduce stress during travel.

7. DOG-FRIENDLY SHOPS 

BOW WOW London, located in Covent Garden is your go-to pet shop for the latest trends in dog accessories. From stylish dog beds to chic leads and collars, they've sourced the finest products from fashion capitals worldwide including Tokyo, Paris, and Milan. Offering an exclusive range of unique items, it is truly a hidden gem for dog lovers. 

For a shopping spree, make your way to Oxford street where both high street favourites like Zara and John Lewis and  luxury stores like Liberty's and Selfridges, happily welcome your furry companions as you browse through the latest fashion trends and luxury finds.  

Spoil your furry friend with a visit to London's fabulous dog-friendly stores, where a plethora of products await, from trendy accessories to gourmet treats. Ensure your canine companion is the epitome of fashion and taste with these establishments. 

Pro Tip: Bring a favourite toy to keep your dog occupied while you shop. 

 Man and his black and white French Bulldog watch TV on a Morton hotel bed. 

8. STAY AT A DOG-FRIENDLY ACCOMODATION IN LONDON

Plan a staycation or vacation with your furry friend at one of London's dog-friendly accommodations. Experience a comfortable and pet-friendly stay in the heart of the city.

When it comes to finding dog-friendly lodging in London, Bedford Hotel in Bloomsbury understands the significance of including your furry companions in your travel plans. We warmly welcome dogs, ensuring both you and your pet feel right at home. Enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere that offers a more personal touch during your city stay.
For a cosier experience, stay at our boutique Morton hotel in Bloomsbury. Morton Hotel caters to both you and your loyal companion, offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Conveniently located near parks and green spaces, it's easy for you to take your dog for walks and playtime. Book with one of our dog-friendly hotels and make your city stay even more memorable—after all, why should they miss out on all the fun? 

Pro Tip and Invitation: 
Join us at the charming Morton Hotel or the botanical Bedford Hotel, both located near the pet-friendly Russell Square in Bloomsbury, Central London. Take advantage of our Morton Spring Saver to enhance your experience at a great value.

We look forward to hosting you and your furry friend for a delightful getaway!


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