Dog Friendly City Guide: London, UK

A dog friendly guide to London with details on where to find dog friendly green spaces, water access, bars, restaurants, activities and hotels.

London is full of incredible dog friendly green spaces.

Welcome to London, England - a city that's steeped in history, culture, and an unwavering love for our canine companions. The British capital is known for its magnificent landmarks and vibrant lifestyle. This guide is for dog owners who wish to explore the city with their furry friends. London's green parks, riverside trails, dog-friendly establishments, and accommodating public services ensure that both you and your pet have a grand time in this charming city.

Dog Friendly Water Access in London

Whilst London may not boast of beaches, it offers several other water features where your dog can enjoy a splash. The city's scenic canals are a wonderful place for a waterside stroll. The Regent's Canal, for instance, features a dog-friendly path that runs from Little Venice to Limehouse, passing by several parks where dogs can frolic. Hyde Park, the city's iconic green space, is home to the Serpentine Lake, where dogs are allowed to swim. Please remember that certain areas require dogs to be on a leash.

Dog Friendly Green Spaces in London

London is known for its wealth of parks and green spaces. Hampstead Heath is a sprawling open space covering 790 acres with plenty of woods and meadows for your dog to explore. It also boasts a number of dog-friendly swimming ponds.

Richmond Park, London's largest Royal Park, offers 2,500 acres of greenery, including a wide array of dog-friendly trails, woods, and open spaces. Deer roam freely in the park, so it's crucial to keep dogs under control. One of my old favorites is Holland Park in the grounds of a Jacobean mansion called Cope Castle.

Dog Friendly Bars & Restaurants in London

London's dining scene is incredibly accommodating to dogs. The Brown Dog in Barnes is a cozy pub serving traditional British fare, with a welcoming attitude towards our four-legged friends. In Soho, Andrew Edmunds is a dog-friendly restaurant known for its British and European dishes and extensive wine list. For a casual bite, Megan’s on the King's Road is a pet-friendly café that serves all-day brunch.

Dog Friendly Activities in London

London offers numerous dog-friendly activities. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home organizes annual events, including fun dog shows where your furry friend can participate. You can also explore the city's history with the dog-friendly Bishopsgate Institute’s Walking Tours, where well-behaved dogs on leads are welcomed.

Dog Friendly Transport in London

London's public transport network, run by Transport for London (TFL), allows dogs on buses, trams, and the underground. Dogs must be kept on a lead or in a carrier, and are not allowed on the seats. Guide dogs and assistance dogs have additional access rights.

Dog Friendly Hotels & Accommodations in London

London boasts an array of accommodations that welcome dogs. From luxury hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, you're sure to find the perfect place for you and your pet. Be sure to check the Roch Directory to find a comprehensive list of dog-friendly hotels in the city. This dog-friendly hotel directory ensures that you’ll find the ideal place that suits your needs and budget.

London, with its blend of iconic landmarks, green spaces, and welcoming establishments, offers a delightful experience for dog owners. The city is a playground for both you and your pet, promising a trip filled with unforgettable moments. Feel free to share your experiences and favourite dog-friendly spots in the comments section below. By joining the Roch Society, you can request a custom city guide for any location not yet covered, and be the first to know about exclusive discounts in the city. If there's a dog-friendly spot in London we've missed, do let us know. This guide will be regularly updated to ensure it remains a comprehensive resource for you. Here's to a delightful, dog-friendly journey through the historic and charming city of London!

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