If you're thinking "where are dog friendly restaurants near me" you're in the right place. Gone are the days when you had to leave your dog behind to eat out. We've rounded up the best dog friendly restaurants in London, so you never need to leave the side of your fur baby again.
With over 12 million dogs reportedly in the UK according to the PFMA, we're likely to see even more restaurants start accepting four-legged diners. This is especially great for the fur babies amongst us who get particularly anxious when separated from their hooman. Being able to take your dog out to eat with you is a fab way to enjoy some new experiences together, stay stress-free and of course, indulge in some tasty food. So read on to see our top recco's...
Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in London
Pizarro Restaurant, Bermondsey
Located on the rather quaint Bermondsey Street, Pizarro is the perfect spot for any pup, great or small. The team is always happy to bring out a bowl of water to keep your furry friend quenched, and the window seats are perfect for watching four-legged friends pass by. Like a TV, but better. ££
This spot just off Clapham Common brings in brunchers from far and wide, with their four-legged companions in tow. If not for brunch, definitely check out their roasts and we've heard they offer pretty decent cocktails too. So decent your pup will have to remind you that you have responsibilities (AKA them)! £££
Rochelle Canteen, Shoreditch
Rochelle Canteen might be a little tricky to locate, hidden behind a green door off of Arnold Circus, but those who do will be rewarded. It's on the site of an old boy's school, with a lovely little garden your pup can stretch their legs in. The menu changes frequently, but if you spot one of their trifles or pies on the menu, get it! £££
If subtlety is your thing, don't go to Gloria."'Bigger is better" is definitely their motto, with lemon meringue pies that rise metres tall and pasta served in whopping great cheese wheels. It's the perfect spot for a fun evening out with your pals, and if you don't take a pic for the gram, did you even go? Their younger sister restaurant Circolo Popolare in Fitzrovia is also dog friendly. £££
Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle
Technically not a restaurant, but a whole collection of eateries, Mercato Metropolitano is the place to go with your dog if decision-making isn't your forté. Offering everything from Pad Thai to Craft Ales and more, to suit all budgets. There's often a queue to get in, but you don't need to book, and once inside you can stay for hours. Let us know if you find the secret jazz bar. £ - ££
Some restaurants are simply dog friendly, others are dog welcoming. Brindisa is the latter. They occasionally even run specific doggy brunches with menus your pups can choose from too, and if that's not on, they always have treats to hand out. That plus their stunning views over the river Thames makes this one of our top dog friendly restaurant choices. £££
The Store, Croydon
We've held several events at this gorgeous neighbourhood bar in Croydon, so we can assure you it's dog friendly (and great for hiring out). Stacey, Don, Ophelia, Pearl, Minnie & Wolfe (their cats) are always at the ready to brighten your day. They serve brunch Thurs, Fri and Sat until 4 pm, and dinner Wed to Sat. Make sure to say hi to them from us! ££
Bluebird Café, Chelsea
Another spot that doesn't just cater to dogs metaphorically, but literally, with a 3-course doggy dining menu previously on offer, this spot is for "pups that like it posh". They have a fab brunch menu, of course featuring caviar, and some deliciously naughty cocktails too. Dogs are allowed in the outside seating area rather than inside at present. ££
Emilia's Pasta, Aldgate
Handcrafted, delicious pasta. Need we say more? Emilia's makes their pasta each morning using traditional techniques passed down from generations before them. Keep an on your plate at all times, as we don't want any Lady and the Tramp scenes accidentally occurring. And if you're looking for more Pasta Dog Friendly spots, check out Padella, also dog friendly! ££
Sendero Specialty Coffee, Clapham
When we were based in Battersea this was our go-to for our morning coffee hit, afternoon sugar-fix and the occasional brekkie. Their takeaway coffee cups even have little prints of the owner's pup Gustavo on the front! £
Despite the hint of profanity in their name, this is a super cute cafe and coffee house in Brixton. If you're looking for a dog AND CAT friendly spot to host a work meeting this would be a great shout, with coffees to kickstart your day and pastries to put you into a carb-induced coma. Their porridge is also worthy of a shout-out! ££
Mildreds, Dalston, Camden, Soho + King's Cross
Mildreds is an airy and light-filled restaurant accessibly found in four locations; Dalston. Camden, Soho and King's Cross. Serving a delicious vegan menu to tempt even the most carnivorous diners. Choose from dishes like BBQ Ranch Chick'n or Kashmiri Chana Pattie to tickle your tastebuds and get your dive-a-day in one. ££
The Leather Bottle Kitchen, Earlsfield
With an award-winning beer garden and epic Sunday roasts Leather Bottle is well worth the trip. They have a covered, fully heated outdoor area so if you'd rather dine al fresco, you can do so in serious comfort! ££
Need some dog friendly snacks to take with?
We've got just the thing!
Whenever we eat out with Smudge, we make sure we always have a bag of our Scrumbles Dog Treats to hand, as no one likes getting food envy, do they? We offer four different treats to tickle even the most discerning fur babies' taste buds. Choose between our Calming Nibbles, Gnashers Dental Bones, and Chicken or Plant-Powered Softies.
All our dog treats contain the tummy-soothing superfood slippery elm to be easy on sensitive stomachs. Plus they're baked in the UK in eco-ovens and served in 100% plastic-free and compostable treat bags. Guilt-free for both your pup and the planet!
Simply pop in your bag or pocket and off you go.
More of a cat person?
The battle to make London more cat friendly continues and while many restaurants or cafés typically say paws off to kitties, if you have a lead trained cat who's happy to go on adventures, eateries with outdoor seats are a safe bet. It's unlikely they'll have thought about a cat policy, so go forth and challenge the rules, and tag us with your success!
Have a dog friendly restaurant recommendation?
If you think we've missed one off or you have one to recommend, please drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can add them in!