Dining with your dog is easier than ever in London as dog-friendly restaurants increase in popularity. Here, The Resident checks out some of London’s best restaurants for dogs, some of which even have a special menu just for pups…
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1 M Restaurants, Victoria, Threadneedle Street and Twickenham
Known for their unrivalled steaks, M Restaurants offer fine-dining across all of their London locations with a difference – you can bring your dog along too. As long as your pooch is clean, trained and makes less noise than a screaming baby, they’re welcome across the whole restaurant. On Saturday lunch time, their Victoria restaurant even offers a Six Legs menu with a two-course menu and, of course, some ‘paw’secco’.
2 Bluebird, Chelsea
Bluebird in Chelsea is one of those rare spots that treats its four-legged customers with the same service as those of us with two. Dogs receive a bowl of water on arrival as well as a goody bag of treats to enjoy and have even hosted a doggy brunch in the past. Offering a modern European menu full of delicious dishes, it’s not a bad spot for humans either…
350 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UU; bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
Outsider Tart, a good old American bakeshop in Chiswick, not only sells the best brownies around, but also has a special ‘Barkery’ just for pets. They make their own dog treats like beef biscuits and puppy granola. It’s the perfect place for a gooey pick-me-up for both owner and pet.
83 Chiswick High Road W4 2EF; outsidertart.com
4 Smith & Whistle, Piccadilly
Smith & Whistle serves modern food inspired by the classics made from the finest seasonal ingredients that have been specially sourced by our chefs from a range of regions in the British Isles. Our dishes are paired with draught and bottled beers sourced from British artisan brewers as well as an in-house range of expertly crafted cocktails that are updated seasonally. Great dog menu, that includes dog burgers and dog inspired cocktails.
Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly W1J 7BX; smithandwhistle.com
5 Bellanger, Islington
This traditional French brasserie in the heart of Islington has a Michelin Bib Gourmand to its name, but that doesn’t stop it from welcoming in pups. Offering an à la carte menu full of delicious food, as well an extensive wine list for its human guests, it’s a firm neighborhood favourite. What’s more, the chef at the restaurant even makes special dog biscuits for all the pups to ensure that they’ve been thoroughly pampered on their visit.
9 Islington Green N1 2XH; bellanger.co.uk
6 Bubbledogs, Fitzrovia
Bubbledogs is super pet-friendly and will provide a water bowl to keep your pup’s hydration levels topped up. It’s laid-back ambience with exposed brickwork make it ideal for a treat with both pooch and pals. Hotdogs and champagne all round!
70 Charlotte Street, Bloomsbury W1T 4QG; bubbledogs.co.uk
7 Vinoteca, various locations
With great wine, delicious plates and as many four-legged friends as you want to bring, you can’t get much better than Vinoteca as a dog-friendly spot. The team welcome in dogs across all of its London locations (Chiswick, City, Farringdon, King’s Cross and Marylebone), making it the perfect location for pet owners hoping to enjoy an evening out.
8 Mews of Mayfair
One of Mayfair’s most classy spots, Mews of Mayfair is nestled away on Lancashire Court. The trendy restaurant allows dogs in their courtyard and courtyard bar on the ground floor, which is currently neon jungle themed. They’ll even provide a bowl and some treats for your four-legged friend.
Mews of Mayfair, 10 Lancashire Court W1S 1EY; mewsofmayfair.com
9 Colbert, Chelsea
This classic Parisian dining spot in Chelsea serves an all-day menu in its gorgeous interiors. You can bring your dog along with you to the Sloane Square spot to nestle in a booth while you tuck in to your meal with no problems. The only thing that the chic restaurant asks is that you let them know if you’re planning to bring more than two dogs – bon appétit!
50-52 Sloane Square, Chelsea SW1W 8AX; colbertchelsea.com
10 Shake Shack, various locations
Shake Shack loves dogs almost as much as we love burgers. Every Shake Shack location has a specially created menu for dogs, with treats such as Pooch-ini, a pup-friendly vanilla custard with peanut butter sauce and a red velvet dog biscuit by Bocce’s Bakery. The red velvet biscuits can also be bought separately and taken home for continued snacking.
11 Gaucho Hampstead & Richmond
Gaucho in Hampstead and Richmond both welcome dogs, offering complimentary gourmet dog treats at their renowned Sunday brunch. The treats are made with low salt and sugar, specifically for pet health and enjoyment. Pups are also welcome to chill out while their owners dive into a Sunday roast.
12 Drake and Morgan, various locations
All Drake and Morgan bars – and there are plenty across London now – are dog-friendly. They even have special crockery for dogs, as well as ‘pawsecco’ so that your pooch can join in your prosecco sipping fun.