The best dog-friendly restaurants in London

Kari Colmans

25 March 2022

Top spots to enjoy fine food with your pampered pooch in tow

25 March 2022 | Kari Colmans

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rom al fresco cocktails to posh afternoon tea, London’s best restaurants are not only tolerating man’s four-legged friend, but welcoming dogs with open arms. Menus designed for canine consumption, tailor-made beds and beverages and treats on tap are just some of the VIP services on offer when you bring your dog on a date. From Chelsea to Victoria, Knightsbridge to the City, you’ll find nowhere better to park your pooch in style.

The Parlour at Great Scotland Yard Hotel, Westminster

At the historic Great Scotland Yard Hotel furry friends are welcomed with open arms. Its new just for dog’s afternoon tea, which launched last month, has been curated specifically for canine consumption in collaboration with specialist nutrition experts Talula Eats. Posh pooches can enjoy a fully organic three-tiered tea of meat and vegetables, doggie cake, cupcakes and digestives out of the very finest china bowls alongside their owners, with all food made with human-grade ingredients, as well as tender loving care. Meanwhile, pup owners can have their tastebuds tantalised with a multi-sensory afternoon tea inspired by scent and fragrance. We can’t get enough of the passion fruit and coconut tart or the mouth-watering truffle egg mayonnaise sandwiches, all washed down with a choice of Veuve Clicquot brut or rosé and a selection of delicate teas. You’d be barking to miss it.

Great Scotland Yard Dog Afternoon tea runs bi-monthly on Sundays, £25 per dog; 3-5 Great Scotland Yard, SW1A 2HN, hyatt.com

Gaucho, Hampstead

Well-behaved carnivores (both two and four-legged) are welcome at all of Gaucho’s outposts every day of the week, but on the first Sunday of every month, they go all out in the Hampstead outpost. Doggy Sundays see guests in the know make a reservation in their pooch’s name before arriving to enjoy a mixture of activities for dogs and dog lovers alike, including talks from leading dog lovers such as behaviourist and A Dog's Life podcast host Anna Webb. All Sunday events are followed by a never-ending mouth-watering roast, comprising of a roast sirloin of beef served with roast potatoes and unlimited Yorkshire puddings, all cooked in delicious beef dripping. Alternatively, don’t miss a regular weekday meal of tart shrimp ceviche and perfectly charcoaled rib-eye, while your dog gets cosy by your feet and watches the world go by.

64 Heath Street, NW3 1DN, gauchorestaurants.com

Egerton House Hotel, Knightsbridge

A pet concierge, VIP grooming and hound-friendly bubbly are just some of the luxuries your dog can expect when they dine at Egerton House Hotel, the boutique Knightsbridge townhouse famed for its tasty yet traditional English culinary fare. But for the real red-carpet treatment, don’t miss the dedicated doggy afternoon tea. Enjoy a laid-back afternoon with man’s best friend in the elegant drawing room, while your dog enjoys unctuous treats such as chicken liver meatloaf, homemade peanut butter biscuits and yes, even some delicious ice cream. A must-have drink for the best-dressed hounds in town, channel your canine’s inner James Bond with a homemade chicken consommé́ martini, complete with turkey skewers. Humans are also free to peruse the tea menu (think freshly baked scones and cream cakes) before going for a walk around neighbouring Hyde Park. Custom-made pet beds and a dog walking service are just some of the other services on offer.

Doggy tea starts at £25 per dog; 17-19 Egerton Terrace, SW3 2BX, egertonhousehotel.com

The Happenstance, St. Paul's

Dogs are welcome at all Drake and Morgan establishments from the Anthologist to Devonshire Terrace, with special crockery for visiting mutts, as well as a stash of pet-friendly snacks and drinks – including a glass of delicious paw-secco. But The Happenstance is going the extra mile with its paw-perfect drag brunch, hosted in partnership with luxury pet shop Furmily. Expect an adorable ball pit and bottomless bubbly for your dog, while you enjoy warm baked jalapeno cornbread with lashings of avocado, crispy duck salad, or good old-fashioned fish and chips before an afternoon of entertainment hosted by legendary West End drag queen Portia de Fosse and friends. If you’re just looking for scenic views and a pint with your supper, then the beautiful terrace overlooking St Paul's Cathedral is the perfect setting for al fresco drinks and all-day dining, while your best friend rests by your side.

10 Paternoster Square, EC4M 7DX, drakeandmorgan.co.uk

The Narrow by Gordon Ramsay, Limehouse

Shouty TV chef Gordon Ramsay doesn’t get warm and fuzzy very often, but he isn’t shy about expressing his love for his own four-legged friends Peanut, Bruno and Carlos. And it seems he’s extended the doggy-love to his latest restaurants too. Head to The Narrow after a leisurely walk or healthy run alongside the scenic riverside, a favourite spot with locals and neighbourhood dogs. The website stipulates it’s open for the whole family, ‘including your fido’, so choose between the delicious tamarind spiced chicken wings and refreshing tuna tartare, followed by butter chicken or roasted cod, while your pup has a good old stretch and relaxes with chilled water and special in-house treats. 

44 Narrow Street, E14 8DP, gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Bluebird Café, Chelsea

A long-standing landmark and cultural institution itself, the Bluebird Café in Chelsea has welcomed man’s best friend into the fold for as long as its loyal patrons can remember, having started the doggy brunch trend years ago with a gourmet pop-up. As we head into a sunny spring (and hopefully even sunnier summer), the already beautiful space is transformed into a verdant garden in bloom, delivering delectable British food, with everything from weekend brunches to a summer BBQ season on offer. And what better way to enjoy an al fresco cocktail or lunch with friends than bringing along your four-legged friend for the ride? From handbag fluffers to heavy-duty hounds, you can expect your dog to be offered water and treats with all the pomp and ceremony they deserve. Dog-led living was made in Chelsea.

350 King's Road, SW3 5UU, bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

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