For so many, dogs are all about spending time in the countryside. For me – a country kid with a love for the city – I have always enjoyed bringing my dogs to London. And no matter how long you’ve lived here, seeing it through the eyes of a dog brings out an entirely different side of the capital.
I’ve lived in London for most of my adult life, but it wasn’t until I brought my family dog here for the weekend that I appreciated the more slow-paced, outdoorsy side of this bustling metropolis.
Take London’s green spaces… From small gardens and squares like Soho Square and Russell Square to vast sprawling parks, there’s a little slice of countryside in every corner of the city – and they’re the perfect pockets to escape from the bustling streets with your dog.
Even though much of London’s multicultural urban life is canine compatible. From doggie yoga classes and pampering pet spas to dog afternoon teas, your pooch can be easily slotted into the life of a busy London socialite. I even recently found a cocktail bar that serves specialist “dogtails“, and a cinema that hosts dog-friendly film screenings.
With London’s love for dogs also comes a whole host of cafes, pubs and restaurants that welcome pups, and an ever-growing number of hotels that are opening their doors to dogs too. Here are a few of my favourite dog-friendly London hotels to get you started.