Who lets the dogs in?
Whether your pooch is a perfectly-preened handbag dweller or simply wouldn’t take kindly to being tethered to a bollard, head to these restaurants in London for a dog-friendly welcome. We’ve enlisted the help of Bookatable’s very own resident canine (Lola, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) and woofed our way through the capital: lead your furry companion (or be dragged…) to these London restaurants, where you’ll be welcomed with open paws.
1. Mews of Mayfair Book Mews of Mayfair
A tranquil dwelling in one of London’s swankiest postcodes, Mews of Mayfair tops our poll of dog-friendly restaurants in London. The cobbled courtyard dotted with elegantly dressed tables is a perfect spot for your pooch to lounge in the shade, while you can indulge in moreish British-inspired dishes, signature cocktails and an impressive wine list. And this just happens to be a favourite of Lola’s, too.
2. Spaniards Inn Book Spaniards Inn
If you’re a Hampstead regular, you’ll know that there are approximately 2 dogs for every human found meandering on the heath, so dog-friendly places to eat are pretty much a requirement in this part of London. This much-loved pub offers biscuits and water bowls for any dogs needing a refuel after bounding about, while humans can enjoy Spaniards Inn’s trusty gastro pub cuisine, craft beers and what’s widely regarded as London’s finest beer garden.
3. The Builders Arms
Nestled on a charming Chelsea backstreet, The Builders Arms is the ideal retreat when dogs are tired of strutting up and down the Kings Road. This plush, armchair-filled pub serves up homely British comfort food, inventive cocktails and fine wines, as well as dog biscuits and water bowls for any four-legged friends in tow.
4. The Milestone Hotel Book The Milestone Hotel
A member of the dog-embracing Red Carnation fleet of hotels,The Milestone Hotel goes the distance for its furry visitors, with services including mineral water-filled bowls, and even animal bathrobes for doggy hotel residents. Enjoy The Milestone’s wonderfully traditional afternoon tea in a plush drawing room setting, with your dog tucked away underneath one of the low-height coffee tables.
5. The Prince Bonaparte
When you’re done with negotiating a lead through the never-ending throngs of Portobello Road Market, The Prince Bonaparte is an airy, family & dog-friendly pub in West London. It’s a homely, traditional set up, with fish & chip Fridays, roasts & Bloody Marys on Sundays, and sharing meats served from the robata grill (for humans only).
6. Vinoteca Book Vinoteca
Gastro pubs allowing dogs are aplenty in London: what’s slightly more difficult to find is a sit-down, table-service, matched-wine affair. Vinoteca is a failsafe Soho restaurant serving artisan British cuisine and cream-of-the-crop wines, with owners welcome to bring along medium-sized, well-behaved dogs during the day and early evening.
7. M Threadneedle St Book M Threadneedle St
Ultra-glam pedigree restaurant M Threadneedle Street caused quite the clamour for a table with the launch of its now-regular ‘Doggy Brunch’: humans enjoy a 2-course seasonal menu, while hounds enjoy their very own ‘doggy bag’. If your pet’s a bit of a poser, there’s a ‘paw-trait’ artist on hand who’ll sketch you a take-home memento, plus an order-maintaining behaviourist.
8. Shoryu Book Shoryu
While dogs aren’t allowed in the restaurant itself, now that the weather’s getting balmy, there’s no reason not to sit out within the buzz of Kingly Court, which is covered for when the weather inevitably turns a bit British. While your companion laps water from a water bowl, you can slurp on Shoryu’s acclaimed Japanese ramen noodles.
9. Butlers at The Chesterfield Book Butlers at The Chesterfield
With a self-professed commitment to welcoming VIPs (very important pets), Butlers at The Chesterfield brings elegant British cuisine to Mayfair. This Regency-style, wood-panelled dining room is offset by a bright and airy conservatory. A rare encounter in one of London’s most well-heeled district, two-legged guests (that’s you, reader) can enjoy signature offerings like Dover sole, or the Willy Wonka-themed afternoon tea.
10. Gaucho: Doggy Sunday Book Gaucho
Canines favouring the finer things in life can regularly be seen dragging their owners along to Gaucho Hampstead’s monthly brunch takeover: Doggy Sunday. Pups of all shapes and sizes are treated to a doggy play area, personalised dog bowls, a goody bag, and treats made at the hand of Gaucho’s expert chefs. Each month has a theme, and doggy dress-up is positively encouraged: past events have included fashion shows, and a disco filled with diva dogs. Humans are also treated to their own 3-course menu of Gaucho’s legendary Argentine steaks.