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The best dog friendly restaurants in London

Luke Abrahams, Marcel Le Corgi, George the Sausage, Suki the Pug
Evening Standard

It's the year of the dog, so what better way is there to spoil your pooch in London town?

Life can be a real pooch sometimes - especially if you're a dog who just wants to go and eat at a swanky London restaurant with your human.

To make all of your puppy foodie dreams finally come true, our doggy rePAWters Marcel, Suki and George have picked the best spots for walkies and eaties with your four legged pals.

From the buzzing streets of central London all the way to the chic and charming cobbled lanes of Islington, here's where you and your pup can wine and dine together.

Pizarro Restaurant

Everything the dogs need to know:

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are warmly welcomed at this Bermondsey Street haunt, where they will be given their own bowl of water on arrival. Doggies dine at the window counter seats to people watch a furry flurry of dogs stroll by on what must be one of the most dog-friendly streets south of the river.

Everything the humans need to know:

Set on the vibrant Bermondsey Street, Pizarro offers delicious, creative and exquisite Spanish food with all the home comforts. The very pretty, light and airy restaurant serves a selection of smaller dishes, as well as generous mains, all of which can be shared and devoured at the table tapas-style or as the main event. We recommend sharing so that you can sample as much of the delicious and comprehensive menu as possible. If you can't decide what to eat, the friendly staff are on hand to advise diners on how many plates they should order. Highlights include the meatballs and cuttlefish served in squid ink, and the Castilian leg of suckling lamb (which George may have sneakily sampled).

-George the Sausage

Egerton House Hotel - Knightsbridge

Suki at the Egerton House Hotel

Everything the dogs need to know:

Afternoon tea is a classic British tradition - and at The Egerton House Hotel, doggies are more than welcome. Upon arrival, dogs are greeted with a warm reception and have a tasty menu specially designed for them. Doggy Afternoon Tea is served in the same style as a traditional high tea and has three courses - meatloaf, biscuits and ice-cream to finish.

Everything the humans need to know:

The Egerton House Hotel is a short walk from Harrods and all the delights west London has to offer. It really is the perfect place for treating that special someone… even if that special someone has four legs rather than two! The afternoon tea was commended by the Afternoon Tea Awards 2017, and is served in the elegant drawing room that feels like you’re having tea on the set of Downton Abbey. The food caters for everyone (not just dogs), with afternoon tea for vegetarians, vegans and those with a gluten intolerance.

-Suki the Pug

J. Sheekey Atlantic Bar Winter Terrace

Everything the dogs need to know:

Well-mannered dogs agreeing to the doggy code of conduct are welcome on the terrace and well cared for. Bowl of fresh water, pats and chat from the staff included.

Everything the humans need to know:

A cosy, romantic al-fresco haven in the heart of London's West End theatre district, complete with snug blankets, outdoor heaters and a crackling log fire. Responsibly caught and sustainable seafood is served from midday until late, alongside an exquisite list of coastal wines and cocktails. Reasonably priced seasonal favourites to the Atlantic Bar menu (also available on request) offers an array of Skeekey classics, including a shrimp & scallop burger, seared octopus and fish stew with rouille.

-Marcel Le Corgi

M Bar & Grill, Victoria Street

Everything the dogs need to know:

If you’re looking for a restaurant that not only allows dogs, but also provides them with their own brunch menu, then M Victoria Street is the place for you. For a £5 donation to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, your dog will be offered a choice of 'Bacon & Peanut Butter Cookies' or 'Dried Chicken Livers'. And if you’re lucky, your four-legged friend might even get to meet resident hound Hudson, the labradoodle.

Everything the humans need to know:

A subterranean restaurant entered via a beautifully presented wine shop on Victoria Street - M Grill specialises in steaks from across the globe, including some rather incredible Blackmore Waygu Grade 9++ beef. As the very 'grammable entrance to the restaurant suggests, wine plays an integral role at M Victoria Street. With many bottles exclusive to M Restaurants, wine lovers won’t be disappointed by the formidable selection on offer. In addition to all the booze, M also offers a varied and delicious weekend brunch menu where you can enjoy bottomless Bellinis as your canine companion tucks into their own meal.

-George the Sausage

40 Dean Street

Everything the dogs need to know:

Well behaved dogs are welcome and are rewarded with a fresh bowl of water for keeping quiet. We recommend asking for a corner table at the front or on the small terrace for extra comfort.

Everything the humans need to know:

Say hello (or woof!) to "the pinnacle of affordable Italian cuisine in busy Soho," 40 Dean Street. The small family-run restaurant offers a good selection of authentic, hearty dishes prepared using fresh and seasonal produce and accompanied by an extensive drinks list. Classics such as stone oven pizzas, chickenMilanese or bresaola meet spicy and seafood dishes, including a delicious homemade fresh lobster ravioli, served in a friendly and buzzing atmosphere. There are several vegetarian options, with a choice of à la carte or set menu. We ate all of it. Literally.

- Marcel Le Corgi

Bluebird Cafe, Chelsea

Everything the dogs need to know:

Bluebird isn’t just a ‘dogs allowed’ restaurant, it’s one of those genuine ‘dog friendly’ kinds of places. Dogs are greeted with a warm welcome by all of the staff. They receive a fresh bowl of water (with choice of tap or still) at the table that is topped up throughout the duration of your stay and a goody bag full of treats to munch on whilst the humans tuck into their food.

Everything the humans need to know:

The Bluebird Café offers a sanctuary from the bustle of the King’s Road. From weekday healthy breakfasts to cocktails and bites at the weekend; the café boasts something different and affordable for everyone. Expect traditional favourites from a Full English to vegan curry and hot piping butternut squash soup. But really, Bluebird is all about the cocktails, oh the cocktails! A variety of hot and cold cocktail options are on offer, including the ‘Courtyard Party,’ a fresh mix of gin, fresh mint, raspberries, lychee juice and a dash of sparkling wine and the ever so on trend piping hot espresso martini. If cocktails aren't your thing, a comprehensive selection of whites, reds and Champagnes also don the impressive menu. What's even better, is that the Chelsea institution caters to every diet imaginable. If in doubt, ask your waiter who will be more than happy to discuss, choose and advise.

-Suki the Pug

Maggie Jones's

Everything the dogs need to know:

The private, intimate and cutesy tables and booths at Maggie Jones's are ideal for guests with four-legged companions. Dogs are welcome 'as long as they behave' say the owners. Space is limited, so only a few are allowed in at a time. To avoid disappointment, book in advance. Once you're in, all pups are given a bowl of fresh water for the duration of their stay.

Everything the humans need to know:

A favourite abode for Kensington residents for over 40 years, Maggie Jones's was renamed in the 70s after the alias used by two of its favourite (and very loyal) customers, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden. The charming restaurant is set across three uneven wooden floors and is renowned for its rustic and eccentric charm, as well as its generous menu of classic British fare, which includes almond and spinach tarts, creamed fish pie, and a very nommish bread and butter pudding.

-Marcel Le Corgi

The Orchard, Brockley

Everything the dogs need to know:

Well-behaved dogs are warmly welcomed at The Orchard where they can spend a leisurely morning napping while owners read their newspapers on the squishy leather sofas. A large water bowl is available on request to keep dogs hydrated.

Everything the humans need to know:

The Orchard is a firm favourite in Brockley for good reason: it offers deliciously cooked local produce and a great and ever-changing menu. Firm favourites include the crispy calamari with teriyaki and plum sauce, a chargrilled bavette steak and a top-notch full vegetarian breakfast (the sweetcorn croquettes melt in the mouth). Finish off with a fabulous selection of cocktails. Pop along for a catch up with friends or for a long and relaxing Sunday lunch with pup in arms.

-George the Sausage

Bellanger

Everything the dogs need to know:

Hounds of all sizes are made to feel bienvenus in the main room, at the bar and the private alcoves. All are provided with a fresh bowl of water, a generous supply of biscuits and much attention from the waiters.

Everything the humans need to know:

Celebrating the best of the Alsace region of France (where brasseries originate), this traditional restaurant perched on a prime spot on Islington Green serves breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. Its stunning Parisian-style grand café offers an extensive à la carte lunch menu featuring delicious flammekueche, salads, grilled fish, confit duck, tarte au citron and pot au chocolat. Wash all down with a comprehensive selection of French wines, classic cocktails and Alsace-Lorraine beers on tap.

-Marcel Le Corgi

sketch - Mayfair

Everything the dogs need to know:

sketch welcomes small, well-behaved dogs in The Parlour between 7am and 4pm. Dogs will receive a very warm welcome from the pup-loving staff who will be more than happy to provide a bowl of fresh water and a reasonable amount of fuss.

Everything the humans need to know:

If you’re looking for somewhere unique and dog-friendly in Mayfair for breakfast or brunch, then sketch is the place for you. Set in a vibrantly decorated 18th century building on Conduit Street, the food on offer is much, much more than your traditional breakfast or brunch offering. Overseen by three-Michelin starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, expect everything from deep fried eggs and sketchup to posh porridge and hearty English brekkies served in one of the most Instagrammable spots in London. In a nutshell, the place is absolutely stunning.

-George the Sausage

Mercato Metropolitano

Marcel the Corgi at Mercato Metropolitano

Everything the dogs need to know:

Dogs of all sizes are welcome on a lead from 8am to 11pm. Water and plenty of cuddles and selfies are available at many of the stalls.

Everything the humans need to know:

From pretzels to seitan, gelato to doner kebabs, ravioli, oysters, cheese fondue, pizza, steak, macarons, pho and tacos... via champagne, espresso, cocktails and beer... it's easier asking what can't be found at the stalls of the vibrant Mercato Metropolitano. Open all year round in the new "SoBo" area of London, the crowdfunded space has a charming industrial feel and offers everything from cooking lessons, to booze, Italian delis and of course, themed movie nights at Backyard Cinema.

- Marcel le Corgi

Duck & Rice, Soho

Everything the dogs need to know:

From huskies to Pomeranians and corgis, four-legged diners are welcome in the main ground floor area of Duck and Rice where they will be given a bowl of water, a very generous portion of treats and plenty of attention. It's also one of the very few Chinese restaurants in the capital where you can actually take your dog. Now is the time to go, as the restaurant is hosting all sorts of fun dog friendly events to celebrate and usher in the Chinese New Year. If you miss it, make sure you book a spot next year, as it's oh such fun.

Everything the humans need to know:

The latest venture of Alan Yau is a stylish and vibrant Soho restaurant that serves comfort Chinese food and unpasteurised (very important!) pilsner beers in copper tanks. From classic recipes like crispy duck and won ton soup to delicious dim sum and creative dishes (think spicy seared beef and seasonal knock outs), the well stocked bill of fare is varied and absolutely delicious.

-Marcel Le Corgi

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