We often find ourselves around Waterloo (and by extension The Southbank) looking for a dog-friendly place to recharge so decided it was long overdue that we put together a guide to dog-friendly Waterloo as we’re no doubt not alone!
Whether you’re passing through or it’s your end destination, there are a surprising number of dog-friendly places to discover and visit in the Waterloo area, primarily around Lower Marsh. Lower Marsh is also home to the entrance of one end of the ever-changing and famous Leake Street Graffiti tunnel (and backdrop to our Doggy photoshoot with Emma O’Brien last year) as well as some very cool graffiti dotted around.
Most of the places along Lower Marsh look very unassuming from the outside but will suprise you once inside with their quirkiness. Maybe it’s the way they properties are built here, but several are lucky enough to have garden areas out the back which is a big bonus if you’re with your pup. It’s also an area with a lot of dog-friendly cafes concentrated together that have managed to maintain their own sense of personality and unpretentiousness, paws up to the folks of Lower Marsh!
So, as part of our new Dog-Friendly London Guides series, here’s our guide to Dog-Friendly Waterloo (with some Southbank spots included) and if there are any other places you think should be on the list, pop them in the comments below to get them added. The more dog-friendly places we can all share the better! #dogfriendlylondon
Dog-Friendly Waterloo – Cafes
A long term resident of Lower Marsh, the Scooter Caffe boasts an original Piatto scooter in the window as well as Bob the resident female tabby cat who makes sure visiting dogs know who’s boss. Delightfully quirky cafe (with a little garden terrace) by day and buzzing bar by night, the Scooter Caffe is one those stuck in time places you just want to keep coming back to.
Address:132 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7AE
Harry the in-house doggo will immediately let you know that the Borough Produce Cafe is dog-friendly (if the water bowl outside didn’t give it away). Run by some very friendly people, you immediately feel at home here and there is a lovely garden area too. Serves tasty sandwiches and drinks as well as yummy Brick Lane bagels.
Address: 17 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7RJ
Blink and you’ll miss this little place but make sure you don’t. Coleman Coffee Roasters are known locally for their speciality coffees (made on a postwar Viennese coffee roaster), Staffordshire oatcakes and love of dogs, obvs.
Address: 20 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7RJ
Always popular (so worth the wait if there aren’t any tables), Four Corners is all about ‘schemes and daydreams’. Travel inspired (complete with a selection of travel guides to plan your next trip), with fantastic cake and a bit of a Gin obsession, we’re not surprised that they are so popular. And if you’ve always fancied yourself as a future coffee shop entrepreneur Four Corners Cafe runs courses on how to open or run your own coffee shop.
Address:12 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7RJ
Balance Kitchen is a fairly new addition to Lower Marsh offering healthy breakfasts, brunches & lunches with a modern take on fusion street food. Very sleek and slick inside and the cakes look delicious!
Address: 42-43 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7RG
Dog-Friendly Waterloo – Restaurants
A classic Polish restaurant and bar with lots of space so dogs of all sizes are welcome as long as they are well-behaved. Dogs are welcome anytime but Mamuska gets busy on Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings so it can get loud. If a dog is particularly sensitive to noise, then these may not be the best times to visit.
Address: 9 Addington St, Bishop’s, London SE1 7RY
*** Update January 2020 – Sadly at the end of December 2019, The Green Room closed it’s doors for good ***
About a ten-minute walk from Lower Marsh behind the National Theatre is the reasonably priced ‘The Green Room‘ with bar, diner and garden. Loads of room for pups inside and out so definitely worth a visit. They’re dog-friendly and proud too.
Address:101 Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PP
Dog-Friendly Waterloo – Pubs
Quirky (and possibly even a little bit crazy) outside and in, is Vaulty Towers. We’re not even sure which words to use to describe the decor but we couldn’t stop staring at it that’s for sure. I liked it but my partner was not so keen but then his favourite colours are black and grey so enough said. Nothing like a little bit of kooky to keep things interesting. Oh and there’s another resident cat which seems to be the done thing around these parts.
Address: 34 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7RG
Duke of Sussex
The Duke of Sussex is a dog-friendly pub just across the road from Lower Marsh and handily right next to Waterloo Millennium Green which is perfect if your pup needs some chill time before or after the pub.
Address:Baylis Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7AY
The White Hart
The White Hart is tucked away in the backstreets on the way from Lower Marsh to The Southbank surrounded by worker’s cottages from Dickensian times. This pub may be pint-sized but we’ve heard, well worth a visit.
Address: 29 Cornwall Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8TJ
We hope you enjoyed The Dogvine Guide to Dog-Friendly Waterloo. Watch out for more Dog-Friendly London Guides coming soon and let us know in the comments if there’s an area you’re particularly interested in hearing about and it could be our next Dog-Friendly London Guide!