Since cats took over the entire face of the internet, it has never been more important to focus on our now ego-conscious canine companions. Thankfully, London understands the plights of our dogged down friends, and now celebrates over 300 dining venues for you to take Scooby/Beethoven/DJ Jazzy Woof too for a bit of a chin (and tail) wag.
Established in 1986, Andrew Edmunds is considered one of the last bastions of old Soho. This eighteenth-century townhouse has many loyal customers. A relaxed and romantic atmosphere, seasonal menu and a famous but reasonably priced wine list have ensured its enduring popularity.
Dog’s dinner: Small-breed dog-friendly. Water bowls provided on request with lots of meaty dishes available on the menu.
Two-legged companions get… Seasonal modern European cuisine with a weekly changing menu. Starters could include wood pigeon breast with watercress and pine nut salad with quince aioli (£6.75). Mains might be Gressingham duck breast with roast jersey royals, beetroot, orange and pecan salad (£16) or wild halibut fillet with new potato cake, wilted wild garlic and rhubarb-and-almond salsa (£20).
An east London artisan bakery and coffee shop using organic, locally sourced ingredients. It serves delicious daily baked breads, fresh lunches, homemade cakes and coffee.
Dog’ s dinner: Water bowls on request. Relaxing backyard with dog baskets.
Two-legged companions get… Cheese-and-pickle sandwich using own-made pickles with Neal¹s Yard Montgomery cheddar (£3.50). Dogs are welcome to participate in full-day cake-making courses (£150 including cakes and recipes).
Feels like Italy. This family-oriented Tuscan restaurant attracts a very loyal and local customer base in Chelsea, drawn by simple but flavoursome food and friendly service. The heated outdoor terrace is ideal for people watching.
Dog’s dinner: Water bowls and snacks offered on request. Occasionally features a dog menu including chicken risotto, venison ragout, and fresh bones when available. Indulgent customers have been known to order a full portion of venison fillet for their dogs to share.
Two-legged companions get… Ravioli di melanzane homemade aubergine and organic sheep ricotta ravioli with butter and sage (£11.95) and cervo alla griglia grilled fillet of venison with grilled courgettes (£17.95). There is also a vegan menu, as well as gluten- and wheat-free options for all pasta dishes.
This elegant Edwardian gastropub in Highgate Village, with two beer gardens, is within a short walk of Hampstead Heath. In the summer months the pub spit-roasts whole hogs and lambs in the front garden. In the winter you can relax by the real log fire. The pub takes photos of all its regular dogs. You¹ll find regulars including those owned by Kate Moss and Terry Jones, local pets and the resident pub dog Silvester.
Dog’s dinner: Pigs ears and Lily¹s dog food available with fresh water bowls inside and out.
Two-legged companions get… A daily changing menu. Expect to find everything from oysters (£9.50) to dry-aged T-bone steaks (£6 per 100g). On Sundays it¹s all about roast dinners (from £11) with lovely cuts of Aberdeen Angus, with seasonal vegetables and potatoes roasted in duck fat.
A rustic neighbourhood Italian restaurant on bustling Bermondsey Street, Antico produces traditional quality dishes with a modern flair. The philosophy is simple: Italian comfort food in a comfortable atmosphere. The menu changes by the season to ensure the highest quality ingredients.
Dog’s dinner: Water bowls available on request.
Two-legged companions get… Fresh pasta and bread made in-house twice daily. Ingredients, except for specialist items, are locally sourced. Signature dishes include rabbit tortellini (£13), roasted brill (cousin of the more famous turbot) with asparagus (£16), and super-smooth and rich homemade gelato (£5)