Cibo Restaurant – 3 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ – We braved the snow, cold and ice and headed off to Holland Park to visit Cibo Restaurant. It’s a great small and friendly Italian with a delicious menu. Beware – portions are large, with plenty of bread and olives to start. Save room for the tiramisu! The dogs were a hit with an American couple who had left their labradoodle in the States!
Picturehouse Central – Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH
The downstairs café is dog-friendly but, more importantly, once a month you can take your dog with you to certain dog-friendly film showings for the bargain sum of £8.00. The cinema limits the number of dogs so it doesn’t get too crazy and you are given a blanket to put over the chair for your dog to sit on. We went in 15 minutes before the screen opened to get a good seat and to settle the dogs. When the adverts came on it was quite loud and I wasn’t sure how Barnaby was going to be, but as the main picture started the cinema was completely quiet! During the film there was the odd woof (which was met with laughter) but otherwise the dogs were all incredibly well- behaved. Barnaby and the other three dogs I was with just slept on the chairs, and my reassuring stroke, when I thought the film might be a bit loud, was met with a bit of hand-licking!
You don’t have to have a dog to go to these screenings, but you probably need to be a dog-lover! My tip would be to get there a bit early to settle your dog and to avoid the seats with leg room where people can walk past. The dogs sitting here were more likely to bark at people walking by. Also take treats and water for your dog (although there were a few water bowls in the hall outside the screen). Wherever I go, whether to a pub, café or restaurant, I always give Barnaby a treat before I ask him to settle down, and I did the same thing here so he knew what was expected of him. I’d highly recommend the experience for a fun Sunday morning out and there was such a lovely atmosphere!
We went with May Wong and her dogs Miss Darcy and George (and Marley!). Check out her blog http://missdarcy.org for an extensive list of dog-friendly places!
Blakes Hotel – 33 Roland Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 3PF – Blakes is a 5 star dog-friendly hotel. We just popped in for their tea and maÎtre choux éclair afternoon tea, which was very civilised! I’d love to go back and try the restaurant.
Farm Girl café – 9 Park Walk, Chelsea SW10 OAJ – Newly opened (Feb 2018) Australian café, serving ‘healthy and fun food’. Very dog friendly!
Goat – 333 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QL – Italian eatery open for lunch and dinner. In the week, in addition to the normal menu, they have a bargain £10 set lunch and they are super dog-friendly! They even have Lily’s Kitchen dog treats on the menu!
Maze Grill – 11 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0AJ – Lunch and dinner. Meaty menu but they do great sushi!
Duke of York Square – This area near Sloane Square tube and behind the Kings Road has quite a few restaurants where dogs are only allowed at the tables outside. Dogs are allowed inside at the following restaurants:
- Polpo – 81 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY – Italian eatery open for lunch and dinner. Great small plates for sharing.
- Gallery Mess – Saachi Gallery, Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY – Dogs are allowed in the bar area only.
Beaufort House 354 Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 5UZ – Stylish brasserie with a small but very tasty menu. It’s also a great place for cocktails.
Egerton House Hotel – 17-19 Egerton Terrace, London SW3 2BX – For a bit of decadence, enjoy afternoon tea with your pup in this boutique hotel in Knightsbridge. Barnaby loved the doggy meat loaf and the toy he got to take home!
Orée – 65 Kings Road, London SW3 4NT – A lovely place for breakfast or brunch, or just to have a coffee and one of the delicious pastries on offer.
Tom’s Kitchen – 27 Cale Street, Chelsea, London SW3 3QP – A perfect place for Sunday brunch. We’ve also been along for dinner and they have a great menu of classics such as mussels, fish and chips, steaks and burgers. Word of warning, when it’s busy it’s super noisy, due to the wooden floors and tightly packed tables.
Liberty London – Regent Street, London W1B 5AH – Liberty is a must see for any Londoner and tourist alike. It’s such an iconic building and just tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street. Walk up the winding wooden staircase to the newly opened Arthur’s restaurant on the second floor. It’s such a pleasure to find dog-friendly places like this! The food was great and they brought water for our pups, always a nice touch.
Locanda Locatelli– 8 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JZ – This is the first Michelin star restaurant I’ve taken Barnaby to and we were made to feel very welcome. We had a discreet corner table so the dogs were out of the way. Giorgio came and said hello! He has a cockapoo called Olive so he was very sweet to the dogs and the food was excellent!
The Wigmore, The Langham Hotel– 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA – The newly open Wigmore bar describes itself as a tavern, but it’s so much more! The former banking hall has wonderful high ceilings and funky green walls. It’s great menu is overseen by Michael Roux Jr. so you can’t go wrong! A great place to stop for a drink or lunch with your pup after a visit to Regents Park.
These were all visited with May Wong and Miss Darcy. Check out her blog http://missdarcy.org for an extensive list of Dog-friendly places!
Cambridge Street Kitchen – 52 Cambridge Street, London SW1V 4QQ – Open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffees. The avocado toast is divine! (Wi-Fi)
Como Lario – 18-22 Holbein Place, London SW1W 8NL – A lovely Italian near Sloane Square that I have been to a few times over the years, but never knew was dog friendly. It’s a small restaurant, with tables close together (especially if dining for two), so do call before to ask for a table with a bit more space.
Daylesford Farm shop and Café – 44B Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8LP – Open for breakfast and lunch (all organic). Dogs are only allowed at the tables outside.
Dominique Ansel Bakery – 17-21 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9RP – Open for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea, plus of course the famous Cronut. Dominique is famous for creating this combination of the croissant and donut, and each month there is a new flavour to try! Head to the enclosed garden in the back of the bakery (I think its the nicest place!) to sit with your dog (Wi-Fi)
No. 11 Pimlico Road – 11 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NA – I walk past here all the time and had no idea it was dog-friendly until I just asked and they said yes! A lovely contemporary restaurant open for brunch, lunch and dinner. I can recommend the delicious halloumi and cucumber burger! (Wi-Fi)
Peggy Porschen – 116 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ – Just tea, coffee and cakes (and champagne of course!) I can highly recommend their cupcakes! (As from 2018 dogs are no longer allowed inside)
R Chocolate London – 198 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 8UN- Coffee, home-made chocolate and divine patisseries.
The Roasting – 31 Churton Street, London SW1V 2LY – A small café serving breakfast and lunch, but it’s all about the coffee! (Wi-Fi)
Wulf and Lamb – 243 Pavilion Road, SW1X OBP – This is a new vegan restaurant. It looks like a small café serving breakfast and lunch but head upstairs for a more a formal dining experience. Well behaved dogs are allowed upstairs.
All places have been tried and tested by Barnaby!
The Alfred Tennyson – 10 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8LA (dogs aren’t allowed in the upstairs restaurant)
The Orange – 37-39 Pimlico Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 8NE
The Phene – 9 Phene Street, Chelsea, London SW3 5NY
The Surprise – 6 Christchurch Terrace, Chelsea, London SW3 4AJ
The Thomas Cubitt – 44 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PA (dogs aren’t allowed in the upstairs restaurant)
All places have been tried and tested by Barnaby!