market camden dog friendly
(Lettice, observing my lunch – mushroom gnocchi – at Market, Camden.)

Darling Posetta Baddog RIP was most definitely not a dog who went places. She wasn’t interested in socialising: her main focus was her family, food and tennis balls, and we hung out on Hampstead Heath and in the Regent’s Park.

Not so with Princess Lettice. She’s been out and about all over London, from last week’s screening of Dior & I at The W Hotel to a CHANEL showroom appointment. She wasn’t fazed by the jewels at Van Cleef & Arpels, and took a shine to my agents at Curtis Brown. I could have done without her shouting from my lap at a neighbouring Jack Russell over a meeting at Black’s but, overall, she’s been immaculately behaved.

The thing is: she hates being left out of anything exciting (and by ‘exciting‘ I mean ‘leaving the house‘), and the moment she sees me tie up my laces and turn the lock, she’s off like a streak of ginger, out the front door, and down the stairs, where she waits for me on the doormat. I feel like such a heel picking her up, and taking back upstairs to the flat to wait for my return.

That being said, I don’t really approve of dogs being toted all about town, (being, you know, dogs and not toys or a fashion accessory) and Letty has only really been out with me when Remy is out of the office, I haven’t been able to find a sitter, or my sister has been away. At just 2.5kg, she’s perfectly portable, and easily popped in a capacious handbag, from where she surveys her people from a position of strength.

Soho House, on Greek Street, my usual between meeting hangout is sadly not dog-friendly, so I’ve had to find some places where she’s welcome in town.

Twitter has been very helpful, and the best resource I know is the Doggity App, which I highly recommend. In the meantime, my personal recommendations – where I’ve actually been, as opposed to been told about, are as follows.

And if you have any personal dog friendly favourites, please do let us know in the comments!

Market Camden Restaurant

Market, in Camden, on Parkway, just a few minutes from the High Street. (Above.) Owner Denise has her own dog, and I eat in there all the time. They serve delicious seasonal, modern British food. A proper restaurant, but one with a laid back feel and brilliant service. Also: very excellent brunch on Sundays. Worth travelling for (every day).

Polpo,. Soho
(Polpo Soho)

Russell Norman’s Polpo restaurants, in Beak Street (Soho), Covent Garden, Clerkenwell (by Smithfield Market) and Notting Hill accept small dogs – that’s practical, as the restaurants are intimate and large dogs wouldn’t fit between the tables. I could happily eat lunch at Polpo every day of the week: scrumptious, seasonal, Italian-influenced small plates, that won’t break the bank.

Black’s Club in Soho. Not for everyone, as you have to be a member, but a lifesaver if you are, or can persuade a friend to take you. They’ve kindly given me and Lettice a membership, although we’ve already had a very doggy meeting there as guests of other members. It’s a charming 18thC Georgian townhouse (designed by a pupil of Wren) and extremely atmospheric.

Andrew Edmunds in Soho
A Soho institution, and rightly so. Delicious food, low ceilings, very romantic in the evenings, perfect for lovely lunches.

Twitter reminded me last night that the independent department stores  in W1, Liberty off Oxford Street and Fenwick’s of Bond Street, both accept dogs of a reasonable size. Liberty have a height guide on their front door – which means large terriers yes, labradors no. Fenwick’s delightful all-day restaurant pitstop on the second floor, Bond & Brooke, also accepts dogs. Selfridge’s will allow dogs-in-arms – carried or in a bag.

London’s most dog friendly hotel must be The Milestone hotel in Kensington, right by Hyde Park, where I stayed with my mother, Billy the Whippet and Lettice last month. They are active dog lovers, and nothing is too much trouble for them. They also do a lovely afternoon tea if you are just popping in (and can bear your woof drooling under the table). And, on a sidenote, their massage therapist, Fiona Keane is possibly the best in London.

BODEN PEA COAT
(The Lord Palmerston)

Near me in North London there are several great gastropubs around Hampstead Heath, which all welcome furry friends:
The Wells, in Hampstead Village, The Lord Palmerston in Dartmouth Park, The Bull & Last on Parliament Hill, The Red Lion & Sun in Highgate Village.

LORD PALMERSTON TUFNELL PARK
(Saturday lunch at The Lord Palmerston)

The Spaniard’s Inn on Spaniard’s Lane on the top side of Hampstead Heath is a normal pub with food, and it even has a dog washing facility.

On Parliament Hill Fields itself, at the bottom of Hampstead Heath is an excellent cafe. It looks like an old school canteen, and you do have to queue up with trays, but it serves great pasta, ice cream, breakfasts and coffees, and there is a huge outdoor eating area where dogs are positively encouraged.

dachshunds
(Les chiens outside Pizza East, waiting for pizza to fall from the heavens)

It’s not dog friendly inside, but Pizza East at the arse end of Kentish Town has (limited) pavement seating and we’ve often eaten there on sunny days right through the year.

apple store dog friendly

oh, and in case you didn’t know, the Apple stores are dog-friendly. I took Letty with me last week because my appointment was at 1745hrs and I didn’t want to leave her home alone in the dark. I spent over two hours in the Covent Garden one getting my smashed iPhone fixed and everyone was absolutely lovely to her.

Another great Twitter reminder was that my all time favourite independent group of bookstores Daunt’s, with branches in Hampstead, Belsize Park, Marylebone, Chelsea, Cheapside, and Holland Park allow dogs.

The Lord Palmerston.  33 Dartmouth Park Hill, London NW5 1HU. Telephone: 020 7485 1578
The Spaniard’s Inn. Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London NW3 7JJ. Telephone: 020 8731 8406
The Red Lion & Sun. 25 North Road, London N6 4BE. Telephone: 020 8340 1780
The Bull & Last. 168 Highgate Road, London NW5 1QS. Telephone:  020 7267 3641
The Wells.  30 Well Walk, London NW3 1BX. Telephone: 020 7794 3785

Pizza East.  79 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL. Telephone: 020 3310 2000
Market. 43 Parkway, London NW1 7PN. Telephone: 020 7267 9700
Black’s 67 Dean Street, London W1D 4QH. Telephone: 020 7287 3381
Andrew Edmond’s 46 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LW.

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Thank you for this I look forward to trying some of these out.
Jx

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This is great. I love to see restaurants that accept dogs, it’s nice to think I can take him if I want to, even though I never do as he is a 50+kg rottweiler, he takes a lot of space :))

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I haven’t got a dog nor do I live in London anymore but we do go a few times a year for Sunday breakfast/brunch with friends to Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath which is excellent for both food and for gorgeous dog watching. They seem very welcome there!

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Yes, I love it up there too. I haven’t been for a while, because it reminds me too much of P Bad LLGxx

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Out of London – the Greyhound Inn, Louth, Lincolnshire. Even serve doggie beer…(non alcoholic) chicken or beef flavour!!

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Lovely ideas. Thanks for this post. Exceptionally useful!

As for South London almost all of Bermondsey Street & Maltby St establishments are dog friendly – Village East, The Garrison, Jose, Pizarro, The Woolpack, Bar Torzino, 40 Maltby St, FCoffee, Zucca…..There would be a local riot if they weren’t. Just keep the breed smallish and well behaved. Howlers tend to get ejected.

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Again, these are all new to me in terms of dog-friendlyness, so thank you Lou! LLGxx

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@Louisa M: And did you know that at Borough Market they are NOT allowed? Which is ridiculous. Still, italian ice cream & cafe’ 3 Bis by Monmouth coffee allows small dogs inside (which is great)

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Hugely recommend The Quince Tree cafe in the wonderful Clifton Nurseries in Little Venice. They welcome dogs with water and biscuits. And the food is excellent too!

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oh I didn’t know that they allowed dogs – I love it there, so that’s super useful to know, thank you. LLGxx

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cafe Colbert , poilaine cafe, and The Pigs Ear pub are all dog friendly and excellent and are all happy to see a well behaved sausage x

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oh yes, I forgot about Colbert. Lettice is very keen for a doggy date with you there! LLGxx

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Great feature covering North / central London. We have a 2 yrs old basset fauve and while she’s 10kg and not handbag size, she’s extremely well behaved and we take her with us everywhere we can. She’s been in Michelin starred restaurants, pubs, shops (she loved Liberty!) and so on. I wrote a piece for Identita’ Golose some time ago (http://www.identitagolose.com/sito/en/95/6335/dal-mondo/its-a-dogs-life.html?p=3) and will soon write up more on my blog as we keep finding great places especially in SE London (the latest http://blog.pastabites.co.uk/2015/03/a-meal-at-the-green-room-south-bank.html).

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Selfridges in Oxford Street will allow them as long as they are in arms or a bag.

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Great post! Where I live on Exmoor, pretty much everywhere is dog-friendly so it’s always a shock to come to town and find that the Soul Puppy isn’t welcome.
Am going to forward this to my best pal who is London-based and dog-lorn. It will cheer her up. 🙂
Great support for the Dog’s Trust too. Do you know The Oldie’s Club – dog charity that rehomes older dogs. Another good egg. xx

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ooh no, I don’t. *heads to Google*. I have to admit that Lettice has been a few places that she shouldn’t have in my handbag. LLGxx

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