London is a surprisingly pet-friendly city, with lots of great places for you and your pet to explore. It’s also a wonderful place for pet lovers (and particularly, dog owners) to pick up a few treats for their animal friends. Here’s a few of our favourite spaces for pets and pet owners alike…
The Society Club
Based in Soho, this is a book shop with a difference! It’s 100% pet-friendly, and located in one of London’s busiest, trendiest districts. As well as being a book club, The Society Club also operates a members club.
During your stay at Lancaster hotels, you can browse some of the finest examples of art and books with your dog, as well as enjoying a few drinks in the bar without leaving them at your accommodation.
For those who want to make sure their pet remains by their side throughout the visit, this should certainly be added to your London itinerary!
There are lots of stunning green spaces in London, but this is one of our favourite spots for dog lovers to take their pet pooch for a stroll. Greenwich Park spans thirteen acres, and includes a number of scenic spots where you and your dog can enjoy exploring including the Queen’s Orchard.
If you’re feeling peckish, then you can also both stop at the Pavilion Tea House, located on site. The venue is open all year round, but if you’re visiting during the colder months of the year we recommend you (and your dog) both wrap up warm.
St James’s Park
Another of London’s incredible green spaces, St James’s Park is frequently cited as the most beautiful of the city’s Royal Parks. It’s also a wonderful place to visit with a dog. This park spans more than 58 acres, and is home to many other animals – including geese, pelicans and ducks.
For pet owners looking for a brisk city stroll by the lake, this location can’t be beaten while staying at the Grand Paddington Hotel.
Old Spitalfields Market
London has a number of great markets to explore, and some of them are even pet-friendly. The oldest market in the city is one such place. As well as offering a great space for you and your pet to explore, the market is open throughout the week, and offers a wealth of great items to purchase on your trip.
Here you’ll find everything from great fashion to accessories, jewellery and homewares. With plenty of bargains, an added benefit is that the market is entirely undercover – ensuring you can shop regardless of the temperamental London weather.
This is one of London’s busiest parks, and also a great spot to explore with a dog. Located in the centre of London, there’s much to enjoy, including a lake, flower gardens and a meadow. As with so many of London’s top green spaces, it’s open all year round.
However, Hyde Park is also a major hub for events of all different kinds, including cycling, skating and boating. While these activities might not be ideal for enjoying with a pet, they do offer insight into the active culture which surrounds the park.
This department store is pet-friendly, though they must be held at all times or carried in a bag. If your pet is small enough to adhere to these rules, then we recommend a trip – Selfridges is one of the most popular department stores in London, and with good reason.
Here you’ll find a range of great products in the various departments throughout the building, and can browse a space which has been a major part of London’s shopping culture since 1909.
A cult burger chain with a venue in Covent Garden, Shake Shack is the ideal place to take your pet during your visit in London. For true foodies, there’s even a special ‘Woof’ section on the menu, so you can treat your dog while you eat your own meal.
The menu includes an upscale take on traditional dog treats, including red velvet dog biscuits. All of this helps to create an eccentric yet thoroughly enjoyable activity for pet lovers enjoying London hotels special offers.
When you think of luxury shopping in London, you might not immediately associate it with a dog-friendly trip. While this is perfectly understandable, it would also be misleading. Some of the top boutiques in the city are welcoming to your four-legged friends, and Sloane Street is a hub where you’ll find some of the very best.
Stores which will happily welcome you and your dog while you shop include Tiffany & Co, Versace and Cartier. You might even be able to treat them to a few complementary dog treats and a bowl of water while you find your latest luxury item.
This department store in Bond Street will allow dogs of any size, ensuring pet owners feel welcome to browse and buy. You’ll regularly find pets traipsing along with their owners as they search for a great new item, and can join them on your next stay in the city with your dog.
This is another place where you can shop without leaving your dog outside. Liberty London is one of London’s most historic department stores, noted for its fabrics, homewares and clothing departments.
Larger dogs aren’t allowed due to security restrictions, but if you have a smaller dog, then they are more than welcome to visit the shop and browse the collections with you. This is a great way to experience one of London’s most significant spots without forsaking quality time with your pet.
This is another shop where you can take your dog while visiting London. Thanks to a new policy established in 2018, shoppers can browse the store without leaving their dog behind. This is great news for anyone who wants their pooch to enjoy the shopping trip, too!