Sara White of StyleTails chooses her five dog-friendly secret London spots

Posted at 1:15 pm, July 7, 2013 in Secret London
Labour and Wait

This one goes out to all of the city’s four-legged best friends. Sara White writes StyleTails, an online lifestyle magazine full of fashion and London tips for our canine pals, and has kindly recommended five secret London spots which welcome furry little fellas. No hell-raisers though please; he may be the apple of your eye, but if Fido is prone to knocking over things that shatter easily or chewing on things which aren’t strictly chewy, then he might need to stick to the park…

Sodo Pizza

Sodo Pizza

‘Pooches and pizza – the perfect combination. Opened in the culinary wilderness of Upper Clapton Road, this relatively new sourdough pizza joint are big fans of the four-legged variety, who let’s face it, are far less obnoxious that children. In the spirit of less is more, they offer a super simple menu of five seasonal pizzas, two wines from Borough Wines, locally brewed bears and a tiramisu that will bring tears to your eyes (in a good way). It’s an intimate affair with just a few in-demand tables, although they’ve just opened an outdoor decking area for some al fresco fun.’

Society Club

Society Club
‘This little bohemian bolthole is a dog-lovers delight. Tucked away on the corner of Ingestre Place in deepest Soho, it’s an awesomely eccentric cultural space combining a gallery, bookstore and cocktail bar (c’mon, cocktails are 100% cultural). Grab a post-work tipple with your cultured canine and leaf through some of the rare books, including some vintage erotica if you’re that way inclined (who isn’t?). There’s organic dog food and liver treats on hand, and should you find yourself without a hound, you can still enjoy a stroke with their three resident pooches, Monty, Molly and Modesty.’

Clapton Hart

The Clapton Hart
‘Within spitting distance of the Hackney Marshes, the once quite frankly terrifying Clapton Hart (previously the White Hart) re-opened last Summer as a rather more trendy affair. Housed in a huge, old creaking building which retains some of the original pub ‘odour’, and decked out with a multitude of mismatched, barely functioning furniture, it welcomes Hackney’s many hip hounds. The clientele is a good mix of the new, with a smattering of the old to keep them in their place. The beer garden is nothing to bark about at the moment but Peckish pooches can get their paws on some tasty dog treats from the bar.’

Abney Park Cemetery

Abney Park, Stoke Newington
‘This historic park in Stoke Newington is like something out of a haunted house spook-fest. It’s has had a reputation for a many number of things, however there is something undeniably mysterious and alluring about its wild, overgrown terrain. Far more interesting than the manicured lawns of adjoining Clissold Park, this 18th century parkland became a non-denominational cemetery in 1840 and was once one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven Garden Cemeteries’. The space is now a maze of crumbling headstones and unruly ivy, with centerpiece being the abandoned Abney Park Chapel. Curious canines love exploring in the thick undergrowth and you can scare yourself by staring at the creepy statues.’

Labour and Wait

Labour & Wait, Shoreditch
‘I have an ongoing obsession with this place because it just makes you feel good. Unlike a trip to Ikea, Labour & Wait, on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch present classic, honest household items with a hearty dose of yesteryear goodness. Rifle through the most mundane objects from brooms and bread bins to toilet brushes and trowels, while feeling unexpectedly cool in the process. Oh, and they don’t mind pooches popping in either.’

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