We’re all about spending more time with our dogs, aren’t you? Well, it’s lucky that Londoners have plenty of opportunities to do just that as the number of places in London that welcome dogs as well as events and things we can do with our pups, keeps on growing. So whether you’re a dog-friendly London pro or are new in town (pup or human) – what will you do in London with your dog this year?
We often get asked for suggestions on dog-friendly things to do in London be it from local or visiting doggos, so to kick off the year, we’ve put together our list of the top dog-friendly things to do in London – some you may have already done, others may be new but the one thing that is for sure is that your dog can come too!
We also have a NEW Dog-friendly London Facebook Group for people to share their latest dog-friendly finds, you can find the Dog-friendly London Facebook group here.
Please do come and join the conversation, that way together we can continue to grow the capital’s dog-friendly community!
We’ll also be adding to this guide as we discover new pup-friendly things to do in London. In the meantime, this list (in no particular order), should fill up your weekends for quite some time…
The Best Dog-friendly Things To Do in London Throughout The Year
First up are dog-friendly London activities that you can do all year round so you can take your time to work through the list. There’s a seasonal section to this guide too but more on that in a moment.
We’ve tried to include a mix of paid and free activities to suit all pup pockets but if you are looking specifically for free things to do in London with your dog, then check out our guide to 42 Free Dog-friendly Things To Do In London here.
Now, back to our list…
(1) Take your Dog to Afternoon Tea
Nothing is more quintessentially British than Afternoon Tea and a tea where we can take our dogs is the only kind of Afternoon Tea we’re interested in. Fortunately, London pups have quite a few to choose from and we’ve rounded them up for you in our Guide to the Best Dog-friendly Afternoon Tea in London. Of course, the must-do on most pups to do list is the Dog Afternoon Tea at The Egerton House Hotel where the dogs get their own Afternoon Tea menu!
Where: 17-19 Egerton Terrace, Knightsbridge, London SW3 2BX
Price: The cost of the Doggy Afternoon Tea is £25 per dog with Afternoon Tea for humans from £48 per person.
(2) Visit One of London’s Historic Houses
Historic houses and hounds don’t typically go together as no-one wants a dog to be responsible for ruining a valuable piece of history. However, many of London’s historic houses welcome dogs to the grounds and their cafés. Why not try visiting Ham House (Richmond), Morden Hall Park (Morden) or Osterley House (Osterly) as we’ve featured on the blog previously or other options are Chiswick House Gardens in Chiswick and Kenwood House in Highgate.
Where / Price: Visiting the grounds of the houses mentioned above (see links for more details on each) are free with the exception of Ham House which charges an entry fee (from £11.75 for Adults)
(3) Dine with your Dog
We love dining out with dogs and even more so when restaurants have gone out of their way to create a dedicated Doggy Menu for dogs to tuck into. This has to be the ultimate doggy dining treat but of course, just like for us humans, should be indulged in moderation to keep pup waistlines trim. We’ve rounded up the best dog menus in town so you can dine with your dog – see our Guide to the Best Dog Menus in London for where to go.
Price: Various depending on the venue as listed in this guide.
(4) Take your Dog for Tapas
Continuing the theme of doggy dining, our best doggy dining experience has to be Tapas at Brindisa Battersea so this deserves a slot of its own on our list. Pups are given their own Doggy Tapas basket and can also choose one of the delicious Doggy Tapas off the menu free of charge. Belinha couldn’t believe her luck! Full review coming soon on the blog, in the meantime here’s the link to Brindisa Battersea where the Doggy Tapas Menu is available daily from 12-5pm.
Where: Unit 25, Battersea Power Station, Circus Rd W, London SW11 8EZ
Price: Dogs eat for free when humans are eating.
(5) Drink Dogtails with your Dog!
At this central venue, whilst your dog is drinking a Dogtail you can enjoy a cocktail or two. Smith & Whistle in Mayfair is home to London’s first dedicated Dog Cocktail (or Dogtail) menu where your pup can enjoy a Poochie Colada, a Hounds Hops or a Bubbly Bow Wow, all cocktails specially designed for dogs…cheers!
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX
Price: Dogtails from £5
(6) See a Film at a Dog-friendly London Cinema
Watching a film at one of London’s dog-friendly Cinemas has become a regular occurrence for some London dogs. However, outside of London and particularly our friends from abroad can’t quite believe that dogs get to go to the cinema too. So although we may be used to taking our dogs to the cinema, we should appreciate just how lucky we are to share this dog-friendly London experience with our pups.
Picturehouse Cinemas (which offer a more traditional cinema experience, read our review here with cinemas across London) and Exhibit Cinemas (which offer a more boutique cinema experience, read our review here with cinemas in Balham and Streatham), are the cinemas with the most regular dog-friendly screenings. Dog-friendly Cinema screenings are always listed on our London Dog Events Calendar so you can plan your doggy diaries.
Price: Dogs go free and the cost of an adult cinema ticket is usually approx. £14.50
(7) Hang out in a Street-food Market or Market Hall
One of our dog-friendly finds last year was the number of dog-friendly Street Food Markets and Food Halls there are in London. Not only do these markets offer a great choice of food options for the humans, but they are also, very welcoming to doggos which we love. We’ve compiled a guide to the best Dog-friendly Street Food Markets and Food Halls in London with our favourites being Mercato Metropolitano, Flat Iron Square and Mercato Mayfair to pick a few.
Price: Whatever your human eats.
(8) Visit Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is one of the few London indoor tourist attractions where dogs are welcome to visit with their humans. The Tower Bridge dog policy is that “Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times. At busy times we may restrict the number of dogs allowed into the attraction however assistance dogs will be allowed in at all times.”
Your ticket will gain you access to the Glass Floor in the high-level Walkways, the north and south Towers as well as the Engine Rooms. The other great thing is that all areas are fully accessible via lift so dogs in buggies can enjoy all areas of this iconic landmark. To avoid peak tourist times, it’s best to visit on weekday mornings.
Price: Adult tickets are £9.80, dogs go free.
(9) Go Dog-friendly Wine Tasting
A fun thing to do with your dog is to take them wine-tasting with you (you taste the wine not your dog). London wine guru Pippa Penny, runs regular dog-friendly wine tasting sessions throughout the year where dogs are given different tasty treats to sample to accompany the different wines their humans are tasting. By its very nature, it’s a social dog-friendly thing to do for both humans and hounds. The next dog-friendly wine tasting events will be listed on the London Dog Events Calendar as they become available or on Pippa Penny’s website.
Price: Various depending on the venue.
(10) Travel in style on the Thames Clipper
Taking your dog on the Thames Clipper has to be the ultimate way to travel with your dog on public transport in London. No crowds, the humans always get a seat, and you can sit indoors or out to take in some of London’s landmark sights as you sail by. Since I first took the Thames Clipper with Belinha, I try to plan our journeys to travel this way whenever we can. Read all about traveling with your dog on the Thames Clipper here.
Cost: One-way tickets from £4.90-£13 depending on how far you want to travel.
(11) Have Brunch with your Best Friend
Doggy Brunches are a pawsome way to enjoy the weekend with your pup. There are a couple of regular doggy brunches that we can recommend – the Savage Garden Dog Brunch (read our Savage Garden Dog Brunch review here) for amazing views and the Gaucho Hampstead Doggy Sunday Brunch for a North London brunch that has been rocking the weekend for London dogs for quite some time. Both offer tasty treats for dogs as well as humans on the menu. As well as these firm favourites, there are many pop-up dog brunches throughout the year, again these are featured on our London Dog Events Calendar as they are announced.
Price: Whatever your human eats.
(12) Walks & Wine at a Dog-friendly Vineyard
One weekend why not head to Denbies, a dog-friendly vineyard in Dorking, Surrey. Dogs and grapes don’t mix but as dogs are asked to stay away from the vines, this isn’t an issue. The walks through the vineyard are long and scenic and you can continue from Denbies into the Surrey Hills and beyond if you want. Read our review of Dog-friendly Denbies Vineyard here for what to expect as well as some tips for walking and eating nearby.
(13) Treat your Pup to a Poochini
Doggy ice-cream decadence awaits at Shake Shack in the form of a ‘Poochini’. Basically, a Poochini is a doggy ice-cream on steroids and consists of red velvet dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard. Shake Shack say that it’s not intended for small dogs but medium dogs and above can tuck in much to Belinha’s relief. Definitely not to be consumed as an everyday treat but take your pup for a Poochini at least once and your dog will love you for it.
Cost: Shake Shack Poochinis are £4.75 and Shake Shack have restaurants across London.
(14) Get to know Dog-friendly Greenwich
If you want to feel like you’ve left London without actually doing so, then Greenwich is the place to go. Quaint streets, spacious parks, the famous Greenwich Market (dog-friendly of course) as well historic monuments await. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to visit, eat and shop in our Dog-friendly Guide to Greenwich to help you make the most of your visit. And to make it even more of a dog-friendly experience, why not take the dog-friendly Thames Clipper to or from Greenwich too.
(15) Woofs and Walls your way through Shoreditch
We often get asked where’s a good place to get shots of your dog against street art/graffiti in London. Well, one of the answers is Shoreditch. For a multi-location experience, try our Guided Photo Walk in Shoreditch with some street art spots specially selected for pups to pose against. As a bonus, the photo walk finishes at the very dog-friendly Bike Shed Motorcycle Club for either more photos or just relaxing.
Cost: Photo walk – Free
(16) Explore a new London neighbourhood
There’s always something new to discover in London and what better way to discover it than with a local London dog as your paw guide? If you agree, then our My Dog Friendly London Series is for you, where local dogs take you on a tour of their favourite local places and share why they love them. So what are you waiting for, pick an area and enjoy!
Price: Free but that depends on which Cafés, Restaurants or Pubs you decide to try along the way.
(17) Get Lucky at Doggie Bingo
Move over the bingo of the 80’s, there’s a new type of bingo in town…Dabbers Contemporary Social Bingo. Located in the aptly named Houndsditch, a recent addition to their bingo lineup is Dabbers Doggie Bingo where dogs are welcome to join their owners for an entertaining bingo session. Expect special doggie bingo calls and disco balls, a chance to show off your dog’s party tricks and more. Basically it’s party bingo for pups and people.
Price: Doggie Bingo Tickets are £12 (dogs go free)
(18) Meet New Friends at a London Dog Meetup
Find your tribe at one of London’s Doggy Meetups. Be it breed specific or just sharing a common interest, there are plenty of doggy groups for London dogs for both hounds and humans to make new friends. Find one for you and your dog in our Guide to Meetups & Groups for London dogs.
Price: Free, although some groups ask for a charity donation to attend the meetups,
(19) Downward Dog (With Dogs) at Dog Yoga
Do downward dog with a whole class of doggos at Dog Yoga aka Doga. A relaxing sport for both dog and owner, both small and big dogs can take part and although we haven’t tried it yet, we’re told it’s a great experience to strengthen the bond between dog and owner. Find a class at Doga Yoga or Pets Yoga.
Price: Various depending on the class/venue
(20) Tuck into Treats at Wags N Tales
Wags N Tales in Surbiton is Belinha’s favourite dog-friendly café around. Why? Quite simply it’s for the treats…puppuccinos, pupcakes and doggy scones are on the doggy menu as well as a warm welcome for both humans and hounds. Read all about it in our Wags N Tales review as well as get some tips of things to do nearby. Definitely a must-do for café loving canines.
Where: 7-9 Brighton Rd, Surbiton KT6 5LX
Price: As per the menu, doggy treats from £1.50
Dog-friendly London: Seasonal Things To Do
Some of London’s fabulous dog-friendly activities you can only do at certain times of the year so make sure to plan these in the doggy diaries…
(21) Take in the splendour of Chelsea in Bloom
For one week every May, the streets of Chelsea transform into a floral paradise full of intricate floral creations thanks to Chelsea in Bloom. It is really is a floral spectacle like no other and it’s free to walk around, admire and of course take advantage of the plethora of photo opportunities on offer. Look out for this year’s theme and dates being announced on the Chelsea in Bloom website.
(22) Pretty in Purple at the Mayfield Lavender Farm
One of the sweetest smelling dog-friendly experiences in town is a visit to the Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead, on the edge of south-west London/Surrey. A carpet of luscious lavender stretches for miles before you and dogs are just as welcome as every other visitor. Plan your visit with our Dog-friendly Mayfield Lavender Farm review here.
When: June to August
Price: Entrance is £2.50 per person
(23) Enjoy open-air rooftop cinema at the Rooftop Film Club
A unique dog-friendly cinema experience in London is the Peckham Rooftop Film Club open-air and silent cinema. Open during the warmer months for obvious reasons, this is a must-do on the dog-friendly London to-do-list. Read our review of our visit to the Dog-friendly Rooftop Film Club to get an idea of what to expect.
When: May to October
Price: Rooftop Film Club Tickets from £15.95 per person.
(24) Go boating on Regents Canal
Row, row your boat down Regent’s Canal – well, you don’t actually row as the boats are electric but you get the idea. This dog-friendly boating experience from Go Boat London takes you on a tour of London’s canal ways offering a unique experience for both pups and people on board. No licence or experience needed, just a quest for a new adventure. Read our Regent’s Canal Dog-friendly Boating Review here.
When: March to October
Price: From £59 per boat.
(25) Go Paddleboarding with your Pup
One of the more adventurous experiences we tried has to be dog and human paddleboarding on The Thames. It would have been quite the experience if it were just humans but being able to go paddleboarding with your dog was something else. Despite both human and dog lacking in sporting prowess in our case, we had an absolutely amazing time – read all about our Dog-friendly Paddleboarding Experience here. Other providers of dog and human paddleboarding experiences are Back of Beyond Adventures in Richmond who run group sessions during Summer.
Price: Various depending on who is hosting the session.
(26) Soak up the beach vibes at Fulham Beach Club
It may look like it’s in the south of France but it’s actually in Fulham and four-legged friends are most welcome! Previously called Neverland, Fulham Beach Club is a great place to hang out in Summer. Dogs are allowed until 5pm (as after this it becomes more of a party venue) but with’s beach huts, daybeds and decor to die for, it’s a great place to hang out with your pup – read all about it in our review here.
When: May to October
Price: Standard entry is £5 with unreserved seating. Reserving a beach hut or daybed is extra and details can be found on the website.
(27) Take your Pup Sailing on The Thames
After the success of the dog-friendly Go Boat experience on Regent’s Canal, it’s no surprise that Go Boat opened a second dog-friendly sailing experience, this time on The Thames starting from Kingston. The boats are the same but the experience is very different due to being in much more open water. We had a brilliant time on board with four dogs and six humans sailing from Kingston to Hampton Court and back, read all about it here.
When: March to October
Price: From £59 per boat.
(28) Enjoy The View at Skylight London
Another urban playground where pups are welcome is Skylight London, in Tobacco Dock, Wapping and this time, it has a superb view! Skylight London transforms between Summer and Winter, with rooftop games and daybeds galore in Summer and London’s only rooftop ice-rink and igloos in Winter. There’s even a special Skylight Dog Day once a year in September with special treats for dogs and owners to enjoy. We definitely recommend a visit in Summer as pups can join in with the games, unlike the ice skating! Read all about our visit to Skylight London here.
When: May to October (Summer) and November to April (Winter)
Price: Free unless you want to book an activity or reserved seating area which you can do on the website.
(29) Take a River Tour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Why not see one of London’s great legacies, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by taking a dog-friendly boat tour down the River Lea. Not only is this a unique way to see the park, but you’ll get a full lowdown on the park’s history too, especially with regards to the Olympics. Read our review of our tour with Lee and Stort Boat Tours here.
When: April to October
Price: Adult tickets £9, dogs go free.
(30) Swim with your Dog at Saltdean Lido
Although the Saltdean Lido Dog Swim is not in London, we simply couldn’t miss including this in our bucket list of dog-friendly things to do. Both for us and for many people and pups who have been, this is one of the top things to do with your dog. About an hour and a half outside London (near Brighton), Saltdean Lido opens it’s doors to dogs for the annual doggy swim at the end of the swimming season. Even if your dog doesn’t like swimming take a friends dog or just go along with a friend to watch as the joy on all the dog’s faces at being let loose in this giant swimming pool is truly something to behold. If you’ve any doubts, here’s our feature on last years Saltdean Lido Dog Swim so you can get the picture. Not surprisingly tickets are snapped up when they go on sale so get your paws on them quick – we will be announcing them on the London Dog Events Calendar,our Facebook Page and our Insta as soon as they do.
Price: Swimming Tickets – £7.95 dog or human, Spectator Tickets – £3.18
(31) Kick back at a Dog-friendly Festival
Did you know there are dog-friendly festivals you can take your dog to, both in and nearby London? If festivals are your thing, then this is a fun weekend activity for you and your pup. Plus many of the London festivals are free! Check out our handy Guide to Dog-friendly Festivals here.
Price: Various depending on the Festival.
(32) Show your suppawt at a Dog-friendly Football Game
Although Premier League Football games aren’t dog-friendly, many of the Non-league games are. We were recently introduced to dog-friendly football in London and it was a lot of fun. Non-league Dogs is even a ‘thing’, if you don’t believe us check out the Non-league Dogs Insta or Twitter accounts. And if you’re not sure which match to go to, then our Guide to the Top Dog-friendly Football Teams in London put together by guest repawter Pie the Frenchie is on hand to help you decide.
When: August to May
Price: Various depending on the club
(33) Go Pumpkin Picking with your Pup
Nothing says Autumn like pumpkin picking at a Pumpkin Patch and even better when your pup can come too! Dog-friendly Pumpkin Patches aren’t easy to find but there are a few that welcome dogs near London – see our Guide to Dog-friendly Pumpkin Patches for more information.
Price: Visiting is free, you just pay for the pumpkins you pick.
(34) Feel the Alpine Vibes at Winterland
Come Winter, Fulham’s Beach Club (featured above), transforms into a Winter Alpine Club complete with winter lodges and igloos for an authentic alpine experience. Dogs are welcome to cosy up on the fur-covered sofas with you until 5 pm; read our Winterland Alpine club review here to see what’s in store.
When: November to March
Price: Standard entry is £5 with unreserved seating. Reserving a winter cabin or igloo is extra and details can be found on the website.
(35) Get in the Christmas spirit at one of London’s Dog-friendly Christmas Markets
It wouldn’t be right to celebrate the festive season without a visit to a Christmas Market, and it definitely wouldn’t be right to leave your dog behind when you do! Fortunately, many of London’s Christmas Markets are dog-friendly so they too can help you celebrate Christmas in style. Our Guide to Dog-friendly Christmas Markets in London will help you decide which markets to visit and when, enjoy!
When: December to January