Not much beats a Sunday afternoon spent catching up with friends at the local pub, complete with a pint in your hand and your dog at your feet. And now that the first signs of Spring are showing, you needn’t worry as much about being able to knab a table for you and your hound because you can sit outside.
While we’re socialising with our mates it’s only fair that our hounds get some canine interaction too right? While it’s pretty much a given for a pub to allow dogs, some are more accommodating of muddy paws and thirsty pooches than others. To get the most out of your trip to your local with your four-legged companion, pay one of these a visit…
We’ve made a note on any that don’t have outdoor seating.
Dog-friendly pubs in North London
The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead
The Spaniards Inn has a fantastic beer garden with shaded and sheltered areas for when you and dog need some shade or shelter from the drizzle.
The Narrowboat Pub, Islington
As you eye up your neighbours’ chips (contemplating whether you should choose a meal that comes with a side of fries), iced beverage in hand, sun on skin, dog at your feet – also watching that they don’t pinch anyone’s chips – you’ll feel 200% content with your London lifestyle. Shoreditch Park is round the corner from The Narrowboat too.
The Star by Hackney Downs, Hackney
As you may have guessed,The Star looks out on Hackney Downs. With plenty of outdoor tables, it’s a really nice spot for dog walkers to head to after a long trek with the hounds. It is on quite a busy road but the outdoor spaces are fenced in so you don’t need to worry about dogs and traffic.
The Red Lion and Sun, Highgate
Despite its central location, The Red Lion and Sun has a spacious and enclosed pub garden at the front. It’s also close to Hampstead Heath which is a cracking location for walkies.
Dog-friendly pubs in Marylebone and Mayfair
The Mitre, Lancaster Gate
The Mitre prides itself on offering vegetarian, vegan and celiac friendly menu options. Its great location means you can enjoy Hyde Park either before or after your visit and you have ample transport options if you don’t live close enough to walk there with your hound.
The Grazing Goat, Marylebone
The hustle and bustle of nearby Oxford Street may not be your dog’s idea of fun but The Grazing Goat is rural, complete with a real and regal fireplace. We quite like the name too. Like The Mitre, you won’t be far from Hyde Park too. Tables outside at the front available when the weather’s dry.
The Coach Maker’s Arms, Marylebone
If The Mitre and The Grazing Goat are, full you can head here. The Coach Maker's Arms is set on three levels, each with a different vibe (see their website for more info). Dogs can dine with their owners on the ground floor and are treated to a bowl of fresh water and possibly something extra from the kitchen. The modern British menu uses locally produced and seasonal ingredients, with plenty of specials and Sunday roasts and usually has at least five options.
The Iron Duke, Mayfair
Next on the Marylebone pub crawl is The Iron Duke. Just a short walk from Bond Street station, Dogs are always welcomed into the Duke and it has a very different vibe over the weekend compared to during the week when there are a lot of suited and booted worker humans about.
The Crown & Two Chairmen, Soho
Head further towards Covent Garden and you can go for a short stroll in Soho Square Gardens before heading to The Crown and Two Chairmen. Your pooch is bound to get a lot of fuss and attention from both staff and fellow visitors here. Outdoor tables but no enclosed garden.
The Dog and Duck, Soho
Maybe there’s an unwritten pub law against having the word dog in the name and not being a good canine hangout? A short walk from Tottenham Court Road station The Dog and Duck is known for being frequented by dog enthusiasts and it has a few outdoor tables.
The Thomas Cubitt, Belgravia
Dogs can dine with their owners on the ground floor bar area and wash down any human scraps into the water bowls available. The pub is great for veggie humans and the staff at The Thomas Cubitt are known for being really friendly and attentive to both two-legged and four-legged visitors. The bifold windows at the front are opened when the sun’s out to allow both dog and human to dine outside.
Brewdog, various locations
Brewdog has several different locations, so no matter where you end up in the capital, you won’t have to go far to find the perfect place for a pint with your pooch. Dogs are greeted with a pint (of water) and offered treats at most Brewdog pubs.
Dog-friendly pubs in South London
Green Man, Putney
You can tire your dog out on Putney Heath before sitting down for a couple at the Green Man. The large, walled garden makes it a sought after venue for whiling away a sunny afternoon. Fantastic, enclosed beer garden perfect for well behaved doggos.
The Brown Dog, Barnes
You know a pub’s a good’un when it's named after a dog, the header page on The Brown Dog's website is a dog and the Trip Advisor photos feature doggos. Say no more. Sweet beer garden too.
The Bolingbroke, Battersea
The Bolingbroke has a few outdoor tables and a light and airy conservatory which make it perfect for Summer and Winter sessions. Recently renovated and serving high-quality grub smack bang in the middle of Wandsworth Common and Clapham Common – how to decide where for pre-pub grub walkies?!
The Prince Albert, Battersea
Just across from Battersea Park and one minute from the river, you’re almost bound to meet fellow dog owners on route to The Prince Albert. It also has a great garden for summer sipping or winter snuggles. The Prince also has a nice beer garden.
The Windmill, Clapham
The Windmill is ginormous and the perfect landmark for you and you doggo to base yourself around when spending a day soaking up some rays and fresh air in Clapham. Enjoy a bit of fetch or frisbee on the common and pop in whenever you need refreshments.
The Belle Vue, Clapham
Sadly no beer garden but it’s a short walk from Clapham Common and Belle Vue comes highly recommended for dog owners.
The Abbeville, Clapham
Very popular with people lucky enough to call themselves locals, it’s rarely quiet here. But with some outdoor tables at the front and in close proximity to Clapham Common, The Abbeyville is a winner.
The Stonhouse, Clapham
You’re almost guaranteed to meet a dog or two when you visit The Stonhouse in Clapham. Whether you’re dining inside or in the garden area, staff will welcome your dog and may even treat them to a biccie from the treat jar.
The Bobbin, Clapham
The Bobbin one isn’t the biggest of pubs so make sure you have a back-up if visiting without a booking. It’s a really sweet local and usually 10% occupied by pooches. Lovely airy conservatory dining and a shady beer garden at the back.
County Arms, Wandsworth
Looking out over Wandsworth Common the County Arms is the perfect end point for a Sunday stroll or run with your canine friend. Top notch outdoor pubbing here – check out the gallery on their website.
The Avalon, Balham
Whether you and your pup are looking to cool off in the shade inside or bask in the sun, The Avalon has plenty of space for you and your pals. The garden at the back is a great spot and Clapham Common isn’t far if any of your need to go and stretch your legs before of after.
The Great Exhibition, East Dulwich
Dogs can expect great fuss from all the waiters at The Great Exhibition, along with as much fresh water and biscuits as their hearts so desire. Human guests can ask for water and biscuits too but they may have to pay for these luxuries. (Speciesism we know, but what can you do?) The menu caters for veggies and vegans too. Head to Peckham Rye Park before or after to stretch those legs.
The Florence, Herne Hill
Family friendly and dog-friendly, The Florence is at the heart of Herne Hill. Situated opposite Brockwell Park you can head there post walkies. Plus, there’s a really cute beer garden complete with ‘basic’ fairy lights.
The Shipwrights Arms, London Bridge
The Shipwright Arms is competing with a lot of pubs in the London Bridge area, but we’re told it’s particularly dog-friendly. If you’re a fan of a no-frills traditional British pub, you and your dog will love this one. The downside is there’s no beer garden but you can take drinks outside at the front.
The Woolpack, Bermondsey
Southwark Park might be slightly under-appreciated as a London Park but it’s a beautiful patch of green space and only round the corner from this dog-friendly pub in Bermondsey. There’s no garden at The Woolpack but there’s usually plenty of dogs.
The Gypsy Moth, Greenwich (Editor's Choice)
Located in the heart of Greenwich Town Centre, the Gipsy Moth boasts spectacular views of the Cutty Sark (or as we like to call it 'the Cutty Bark'). With a sizeable beer garden out the back, you can sit back and enjoy a cool one with your pup after a hard day of walkies in Greenwich Park.
Dog-worthy pubs in Wimbledon
Hand in Hand
You only need a quick browse of the Hand in Hand’s Instagram feed to see that they welcome dogs. The garden room overlooks Wimbledon Common and makes for a fantastic party venue. There’s plenty of outdoor seating including some heaters for when the Great British weather sticks to it’s temperamental reputation!
The Crooked Billet
Right next door to Hand in Hand, The Crooked Billet is a lovely traditional English pub, and the interior design reflects this (feat. cushions with doggos on them!). When you and your dog are tired out from your walk round the common you have two cracking options on where to rest up afterwards.
Dog-friendly pubs in Chelsea
The Builders Arms has repeatedly been voted one of the best pubs in Chelsea. Their menu is veggie and celiac friendly too. Outdoor tables at the front of the pub.
If you feel passionately about supporting dog friendly pubs in the Big Smoke, you can vote for your favourites via the Dog-friendly Pub Awards.