You love your dog. Your dog loves your food. So it’s only natural that he or she wants to join you when you’re going out to eat. And you want the same. But some restaurants are fussy. Others aren’t friendly to those with fur. And some simply aren’t equipped to deal with more than one insatiably hungry species.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best places in London you and your real best mate can go. Because they’d feed us a crafty sausage under the table if the roles were reversed, wouldn’t they?
Mildreds is a restaurant that’s reliably friendly. Just like your dog, as long as there aren’t any delivery drivers, cats, swans, scooters, vans, squirrels, and/or pigeons around. This Camden Town spot is one of London’s OG vegetarian restaurants and is just as perfect for a boozy vegan brunch at the weekend, as it is for a lowkey mid-week catch-up over their Sri Lankan curry with roasted cashews. We’re into how bright and airy their Camden spot is but you can also find them in Soho, King’s Cross, and Dalston.
Taking your dog to a vegan restaurant might not make you their favourite parent, but it will get you some delicious house-made silken tofu in Szechuan sauce, and mock meats like Chongqing chicken, dim sum, and more plant-based dishes that may surprise you with how impressive they are. It’s a big-ish space, with tables spilling out onto the pavement, and it’s an excellent option for when you’re around the Angel-end of Upper Street.
Don’t be offended if your dog immediately sets up camp with the closest strangers at this excellent pub. Home to one of the best Sunday roasts in London and some all-round 10/10 meat and fish dishes, we’d probably go beg at a stranger’s feet for a bite of their lemon sole too. You should know that this place is more sophisticated Fulham restaurant than sticky boozer, so it might not be the best option if your pup is prone to a serious case of the sillies or a whole lot of barking.
Get ready, because we’re about to use the words ‘dog’ and ‘crystal chandelier’ in the same sentence. How exciting. This legendary French restaurant not only has velvet drapes, a near blinding crystal chandelier, and snails flambéed in pastis, but they’re also dog-friendly. A quintessential Soho spot, this place is more beloved institution than restaurant. If you’re wondering what that means, it involves being around since 1896, Mick Jagger visits, and daily cartoons of snails. Sounds exactly like the kind of place you and your dog should be spending a Saturday night, non?
The Cadogan Arms
Yes, your dog would appreciate the comfy interiors of this newly refurbished Chelsea pub just as much as the next human, and thankfully, they’re invited too. But whether you decide to share the excellent ham, egg and chips, that could easily end up being one of the top ten pub meals you ever eat, with your bestie under the table is up to you. Spoiler: you won’t want to do any sharing. Happily, this show-stopping pub keeps things simple and delightful. Think a massive golden brown chicken kiev, pie, steak, and a dining room that you’ll want to spend hours in.
Large bodies of water have basically been your nemesis since your dog went all James Cook in a stinky pond last summer. Will your sofa forever smell of eau de Gollum? Yes. Is The Lighterman the perfect place for some canalside pints? Also yes. With a view over Regent’s Canal, this certified ‘nice pub’ will work for after-work pints, weekend lunches, or even a casual birthday situation. Just be sure to keep an eye on your furry friend to avoid any more wet dog incidents.
The Table Café
The Table Cafe is one of those easy-peasy, brunch-meets-lunch spots where you’ll say you’re not having a Bloody Mary but end up wanting one anyway. You know, kind of like how you said you’d never let your dog sleep on the bed. Expect soups, sandwiches, french toast, and some truly impressive pancake stacks.
You have no idea what you want to eat, and your dog just wants to eat everything. How to make you both happy? Mercato Metropolitano. This place is basically street food dining without the stress as it tends to be a lot less hectic than other marketplaces, and has plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors. When it comes to the food traders, you’ll find Neapolitan pizza, Uzbek dumplings, handmade pasta, Japanese okonomiyaki, seafood burgers, vegan Greek food, craft beer, and a whole lot more. But we have a real soft spot for Ophra’s gourmet hot dogs, and we’re pretty sure your dog will too.
We don’t care what the Dog Whisperer says, feeding £25 jamon iberico to your dog under the table does in fact make you the world’s greatest dog parent. Maybe they’ll even forget that you had the audacity to not let them sniff every single lamppost in the two-mile surrounding area. Either way, you’ll both have a lovely time at Pizarro in London Bridge. A classic Spanish restaurant with everything from croquetas to cuttlefish a la plancha on the menu, it’s a great little place to try a few dishes with a nice bottle of wine. Friends, spicy clams, and amaretto blancos encouraged.
The Good Egg is the place for all the good doggos out there. How we never got that job in marketing, we just don’t know. But, what we do know is that this is one of our all-time favorite brunch spots in London. The menu is Middle Eastern-inspired and everything is going to put a smile on your face, even if it is 9am. We’re talking egg and bacon pitas, hawaij-spiced chicken bagels, lots of labneh, and chocolate babka too. But heads up, both their Stoke Newington and Soho branches get pretty rammo at the weekend.
Flour & Grape
The pasta at Flour And Grape will give you a lot of feelings. Think Lassie reunion scene level, or ‘oh dear God I forgot the poop bags... no wait, wait, bloody yes, there’s one in my pocket’ level of feelings. This spot on Bermondsey Street serves excellent handmade pasta, has a gin bar downstairs, and, because dreams do come true, is also dog friendly. Don’t miss the pork shoulder tortellini.
The menu at Maggie Jones’s is full of British classics, there are nick-nacks everywhere, there’s lots of candlelight, and there’s a pretty iconic portrait of a British bulldog downstairs, so it totally makes sense that it’s also dog-friendly.
Bistrotheque is the sort of restaurant where every person sitting at the counter will have a Barbour jacket to match the one their dog lazing below them is wearing. And that suits us just fine. This Hackney restaurant is perfect for a drink and a snack, or a stop-off post Victoria Park. It’s open for brunch on weekends as well, so whether you want a bloody Mary or a beef pie, it works.
Do we love the halloumi with black seed honey at Bubala as much as your dog loves that toy it’s had since it was a pup? Trick question. No one loves anything as much as your dog loves that decrepit teddy bear, but honestly, our feelings for the middle eastern small plates at this all-vegetarian spot in Spitalfields are pretty close. You’re definitely going to want to get involved in the confit potato latkes, hummus, and fried aubergine - just be aware that it’s a small space, so this isn’t the place for any St Bernards.
Sitting at Levan, comté fries on the counter, some soft, 2007 indie hit playing in the background, and your best mate gazing up at you as if you’re their absolute hero - well, life doesn’t get much better than that. You might as well just lay down on the floor of this achingly cool and charming all-day Peckham wine bar next to Buddy with a big, excellent glass of pinot noir and kiss the world goodbye. You’ve peaked.
On paper, going for a meal in an old garage with your dog sounds bleak. Very, very bleak. Cup-a-soup for dinner bleak. Thankfully, Westerns Laundry is very much a tarted up garage. This Highbury small plates restaurant is a lovely spot for those on two legs and four legs alike. It’s got massive open doors that gives everything a bit of a holiday vibe, and the mainly-seafood menu suits this feel as well.
We can’t think of a single thing that’s bad about owning a dog. Except maybe those particularly rainy walks and the fact that you’re 99% sure that person from Pawshake who watches them steals your nice soap. But you’ll forget about any of those teeny tiny negatives after a quality meal together at Clapham’s Minnow. Expect interesting takes on modern British dishes, more mint green than a toothpaste advert, and a charming back patio that’s perfect for those sunny days.
Do you own a French poodle? Or do you have a suspicion that when your pup does that twitchy run thing in their sleep that they’re dreaming of legging it through the Luxembourg Gardens wearing a tiny beret? Perfect, it’s time for you and your chien to head for Chelsea’s Colbert. This all-day brasserie serves classic French fare like steak tartare, onion soup, and fresh macarons. Plus, in true Parisian cafe style there’s also some pretty lovely outdoor, terrace seating.
Little Duck The Picklery
“Shall we take Pip and Shackleton to Little Duck?” is probably the most gag-inducing sentence in history. Swallow it up though, ’cos Dalston’s all-day fermenting kitchen is actually a lovely place to hole up for an hour or two. It’s open from breakfast till dinner (with a very good £10 plus wine lunch deal) and is a simple and tasty option for anything from pappardelle to pie.
You understand envy. Afterall your pomeranian has 846 more followers than you. That aching form of jealousy is exactly how we feel every time we happen to walk past True Craft and see someone eating their excellent sourdough pizzas. This Tottenham local is a five-minute walk from Seven Sisters station, and we’re big fans of the friendly, laid back atmosphere and cool, industrial beer-den look. Despite being a casual situation you shouldn’t underestimate their sourdough pizzas, the balsamic bang pepper number is particularly excellent.
When you’re out and about with your dog, all you want is somewhere comfortable. Somewhere that isn’t going to be highly strung, nor have the kind of customers who are going to shriek at something barking at a crisp packet. The Coach is just the place. The pub-ish atmosphere makes it very comfortable - plus everyone is welcome in the dining room.
You know that look of pure, intoxicated glee your dog gives you when they see a fresh pile of fox turd to roll in, that’s how we look when Daddy Bao’s shiitake mushroom bao arrives at our table. This cute and casual Taiwanese spot in Tooting is not only serving some of the very best fried chicken and bao in London, they also lowkey have a plum-wine negroni we’d go all bubble-eyed for.
Pique-Nique serves the kind of hearty French food that smells so good that you’re bound to see a lot of any-for-me-dear-master head tilts from your four-legged friend. This Bermondsey restaurant is all about foie gras, cheese, duck, and French digestifs. If you happen to live in the area, they’re also open for breakfast on Saturdays, which might make getting up at 8am on the weekend to walk Fluffy a bit less agonising.
You’d think, what with it being named after a type of dog and all, that Greyhound would be teeming with the things. All shapes and sizes. Like 101 Dalmations but with Thai food as well. Unfortunately that’s not the case. But they do allow dogs on their big old terrace out front, which makes for an excellent option in good weather.
Sodo Pizza Cafe - Clapton
Nothing, absolutely nothing, will ever make you as happy as your dog is when you say ‘walkies’. Except maybe, eating pizza. Sodo Clapton serves sourdough pizzas and natural wine in a space that’s perfect for a catch up with friends (of all species) or a casual, candlelit date night. And no, we’re not judging you for bringing your dog on a date. It’s one of life’s great power moves.
Your pet labrador has spent the past two hours nuzzling your leg and offering you their paw, which can mean only one thing - they’ve gone all Hannibal Rising with one of your favourite pairs of shoes and you just haven’t found them yet. Head for Primrose Hill’s Greenberry Cafe, a bright and cheerful all-day cafe and restaurant where it’s basically impossible to be upset about anything. Even the fact that your Nikes probably resemble Picasso’s The Weeping Woman right now.
The Anchor & Hope
We know what you’re thinking. Just. Another. Pub. Suggestion. Well yeah, but so what? When a pub is as good as The Anchor and Hope, why wouldn’t we include it? This Southwark boozer is everything you and your hairy pal want from a pub. It serves seriously, seriously good Mediterranean-style food, using only seasonal produce, and is the kind of place you can stay in for anywhere between one hour to a week.
The Duck and Rice
A pub and a Chinese restaurant is a hybrid that’s good for human and dogs alike. The Duck and Rice is an excellent option in Soho when you’re wandering about wondering where to go together. It’s a casual gastro-pub atmosphere downstairs, and there’s dim sum, bao, and an array of Cantonese duck options for you to choose from.
Kudu is the sort of restaurant that every neighbourhood in London needs. It’s a casual but classy South African restaurant in Peckham that’s good for dates, mates, and most importantly, dogs. Don’t miss out on their bread whatever you do, it comes with either melted bacon or seafood butter, and it is very good. Walkies in Peckham?
There’s dog-friendly and then there’s dog friendly plus-here-are-some-homemade-dog-biscuits. Bellanger is the latter of the two. This Islington brasserie is from the same folks behind the Wolseley, and its vibe is similarly classy and casual. Only they really like dogs here. You and Muttley can have a seat on the terrace or in a booth by the bar - a drink for you, a bowl for them, and maybe even a schnitzel to share.
40 Dean Street
It’s been four days since you gave them a b-a-t-h and they’re still acting like you announced a worldwide ban on tennis balls before calling the neighbour’s pug ‘a good boy’ in front of them. You traitor. It’s time for some relaxing quality time for the both of you, and at 40 Dean Street that means a cosy sit down for them, and some pasta and negronis for you. From the homely, family restaurant feel to the all-day £16.90 two-course set menu, this place is a proper charmer.
The Drapers Arms
The Drapers Arms is easily the best pub and pup location in Islington. The food is of very high quality, and it’s perfect for a snack and a drink, or a full sit down meal of simple and classic food. Think crusty pies, fish stews, and baked camembert. There’s a garden as well, so your dog can sniff around while you get on with eating.
photo credit: Giulia Verdinelli
The Camberwell Arms
Heading to the Camberwell Arms isn’t like heading down to your local for a packet of crisps while your dog wanders around to general adulation. No, it’s heading to the pub for one of London’s best Sunday lunches. Or maybe an excellent bowl of pasta, or salad, as well as lots of general adulation for your dog. This place is everyone’s best friend.
There’s something intrinsically perfect about seeing a dog roam alongside a wooden bar, pints being pulled, and stranger’s ankles being licked. The advantage of this happening at the Marksman is that you’ll be eating some hearty and delicious food while watching this go on. With the smells of everything from curry to fried potatoes going around here, you’ll both be salivating.
If your dog is a prince or princess who is only used to the best, then Aquavit is where you want to be taking them. This Nordic-style restaurant is a little bit swish, but a lot tasty. Plus there are very affordable set menus for lunch and dinner time. Note: you won’t want to share the meatballs, no matter how much you love your dog.