The Dogvine Guide to Dog-Friendly Waterloo and The Southbank

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!

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Lower Marsh | Photo: Emma O’Brien

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.

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Leake Street Tunnel | Photo: Emma O’Brien

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

Scooter Caffe

Dog-Friendly Waterloo Scooter Cafe

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

Borough Produce Cafe

Dog-Friendly Waterloo Borough Produce Cafe

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

Coleman Coffee Roasters

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

Four Corner’s Cafe

Dog-Friendly Waterloo - Four Corners Cafe

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

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

Mamuska Polish Kitchen and Bar

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.

Dog-friendly Mamuska Polish Kitchen and Bar Waterloo

Address: 9 Addington St, Bishop’s, London SE1 7RY

The Green Room

Dog-Friendly Waterloo The Green Room 1
*** 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.

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Dog-Friendly Waterloo The Green Room 3

Address:101 Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PP

Dog-Friendly Waterloo – Pubs

Vaulty TowersDog-Friendly Waterloo Vaulty Towers

Dog-Friendly Waterloo Vaulty Towers 2

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!

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    • 13th June 2018 / 1:53 pm

      Great, thanks for the tip re 80 Stone Coffee Roasters, will have to check them out! Teresa x

    • 13th June 2018 / 1:55 pm

      Should add that you’re lucky to live so close to such a dog-friendly area 🙂

    • 13th June 2018 / 1:45 pm

      Your post is a great dog-friendly blog for the SE1 area! The Vaults is interesting to say the least inside 😉 Teresa x

  1. Louise, Rob and Buster
    27th February 2019 / 12:11 pm

    Lambeth Good, Southwark Bad! The Ring on the corner of The Cut and Blackfriars Road wouldn’t even allow our Yorkie in being carried! Couldn’t find a pub in Borough High Street which would allow him in – not even The George, which must have been admitting dogs for hundreds of years!!
    Avoid at all costs if you value your time with your best fur friends

    • 27th February 2019 / 10:37 pm

      Hi Louise, thanks for the feedback on those places – good to know! Best wishes Teresa

    • Martha
      13th April 2019 / 1:15 pm

      The George definitely allows dogs! I’ve been in there with mine. How weird they didn’t let yours in.

      • 14th April 2019 / 7:22 pm

        Thanks Martha, good to know!

  2. Amy O'Brien
    14th January 2020 / 12:57 pm

    Just so you know they have closed the green room. Was looking to go there Friday!

    • 15th January 2020 / 8:51 am

      Hi Amy, thanks for letting me know but what a shame! It was always such a great spot near Waterloo. Will update the guide – thanks again Teresa

      • Sarah
        19th February 2022 / 12:15 pm

        The green room is open must have been a covid thing

        • 4th April 2022 / 10:44 am

          They’ve actually changed hands now I believe

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