20 Dog Friendly Bars and Pubs in London

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Updated on 6 July 2020

London is without doubt a dog friendly capital.

Having returned to the UK following a stint in California at the start of 2019, I was reminded just how dog friendly London is.

Although California does have a special place for their canines, even the Golden State doesn’t allow dogs inside most eateries.

Having ventured to a number of pubs with my Alaskan Klee Kai Copper and Skye, it’s brilliant to see the welcoming attitude of most London establishments.

So here’s a list of some our favourites places to bring our dogs, as well as some public houses that have been recommended to us.

Let’s take a look at 20 dog friendly pubs that you need to check out with your faithful companion in London.

Note: Are we missing a great dog friendly pub? Get in touch and let us know: [email protected]

The Talbot (@talbotbrockley), Brockley

Copper at The Talbot (Photo: @lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Copper at The Talbot (Photo: @lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

It’s pretty obvious that The Talbot (@talbotbrockley) in Brockley is dog friendly. There are references to dogs all over this lovely local pub. It’s located just a short walk from St Johns & Lewisham Stations with the lovely Hilly Fields just up the road. If you fancy exploring one of the best neighborhoods to walk in the United Kingdom, you could always get off at Brockley Overground and walk to The Talbot. We love to sit outside with our dogs Copper and Skye.

Indoor or Outdoor:

Ladywell Tavern (@ladywell_tavern), Ladywell

Copper and Skye at the Ladywell Tavern (Photo: @lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Copper and Skye at the Ladywell Tavern (Photo: @lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

If you’re looking for a great selection of craft beer and a fresh, locally sourced menu, Ladywell Tavern (@ladywell_tavern) is a great spot to go with your dog. There’s plenty of seating inside the pub so we never struggle to find a spot with our Alaskan Klee Kai. Hilly Fields is less than five minutes up the road, so you can walk off that Sunday roast with your dog.

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

The Orchard Bar & Kitchen (@brockleyorchard), Brockley

Continuing with our south east London theme, The Orchard Bar and Kitchen (@brockleyorchard) has freshly prepared seasonal food for brunch, lunch and dinner. With both relaxing lounge and dining areas, they welcome customers and their dogs for everything from a morning coffee, an early evening drink or a three course meal.

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

The Fox & Firkin (@foxandfirkin), Lewisham

Located in the heart of Lewisham, the Fox and Firkin (@foxandfirkin) is a home for live music and good food. They’ve got Innit Dough located in their beer garden who offer authentic stone baked pizzas. They’ve got a fantastic outdoor space to enjoy the sun in the summer months with your dog (until 7pm).

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

The Narrow Boat (@narrowboatpub), Angel

Located on the Angel stretch of Regents Canal is The Narrow Boat (@narrowboatpub). The pub is tucked away from the hustle and bustle for those who enjoy relaxing with friends and family. Their Instagram profile has highlights of the dogs that have visited their pub for puppy brunch.

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

Brewdog (@brewdogofficial), multiple locations

We reckon must dog owners will have heard of Brewdog (@brewdogofficial). They’ve got a number of different locations across the capital, including Tower Hill and Canary Wharf. Dogs are welcome at their bars – you can enjoy a beer while your pup chugs down some water. If your dog is celebrating a special birthday, Brewdog host ‘Dog Pawties’, in which your pooch and their furry mates, donning dog-sized party hats, can drink special dog beer and scoff on doggy birthday cake.

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

The Alice House (@alicehouseqp), west London

Located in Queens Park and West Hampstead in west London is the Alice House (@alicehouseqp). While we haven’t brought our dogs to this location, we’ve met plenty of cute canines here. The two venues have distinctively different personalities so you can check out which one is more your vibe along with your four-legged companion.

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

Mews of Mayfair (@mewsofmayfair), Mayfair

Mews of Mayfair (@mewsofmayfair) is a unique hideaway, tucked in one of London’s historic courtyards. You’ve got an array of different options at your finger tips (or paws). You can sample some beverages at their different bars, or tuck into some grub at the brasserie or pizzeria. Dogs are allowed and you can even bring some lap dogs to the brasserie and pizzeria!

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

The Lighterman (@thelightermankx), King’s Cross

The Lighterman (@theligtermankx) was inspired by the industrial past of King’s Cross, and the Victorian Lightermen who worked on flat-bottomed barges, known as “Lighters”, on the canals and rivers of London. They’ve got three floors offering stunning views of Granary Square and the Regent’s Canal. The good news is they’re dog friendly so you can enjoy a cold drink on the terrace with waterfront views.

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

Hand in Hand (@handinhandwimbledon), Wimbledon

We’ve got an award winner up next! Hand in Hand (@handinhandwimbledon) was voted the most dog-friendly pub of the year by DogBuddy in 2016, 2017 & 2018. Other than their dog-friendly approach, their famous for their fresh home-made comfort food and real ales.

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

People’s Park Tavern (@peoplestavern), Hackney Wick

Next up is a potential award winner: People’s Park Tavern People’s Park Tavern (@peoplestavern). They’re in the running to win the ‘best outdoor space’ in the Design My Night Awards 2019. Check it out for yourself with your pup in toe.

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

The Jam Tree (@jamtreeclapham), Clapham

Moving to south London, The Jam Tree (@jamtreeclapham) is located in Clapham. They’ve got two airy rooms and a beautiful outdoor space perfect. You canine companion can enjoy their secret garden or sit inside on those drizzly days in the English capital. They’ve even got their own dog called Nero, who likes “long walks on the beach, getting caught in the rain and spending time in our new heated garden with his favourite blanket.”

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

The Bolingbroke (@threecheerspubs), Battersea

If your dog is happy, you’re happy, so The Bolingbroke (@threecheerspubs) have water bowls and free doggie biscuits available for the faithful canine companions of their customers. Aptly based in Battersea, now you’ve got an excuse to go walkes to the pub!

Indoor or Outdoor: Indoor

The Lighthouse (@the_lighthousesw11), Battersea

Staying in Battersea, we’ve got The Lighthouse (@the_lighthousesw11). They’re a beacon for homely comfort, delicious pub food and a wide selection of wines and spirits to suit every occasion. They’re also dog friendly!

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

The Rye (@theryese15), Peckham

The Rye (@theryes15) has a huge beer garden complete with covered terrace, BBQ area and a table tennis table. So you’re dog won’t be lacking in entertainment on those balmy summer days. Lovingly restored and improved in 2012, you’ll find an eclectic mix of old and new.

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

Prince of Peckham (@princeofpeckham), Peckham

Prince of Peckham (@princepeckham) is a pub for south London (and south London dogs), by south London. Serving up Caribbean inspired food, great beer and big tunes, your taste buds will be satisfied here. With a blend of music and sport, there’s something for everyone.

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

Little Nan’s Bar (@littlenansbar), Deptford

Proving that south of the Thames is a hotbed of dog friendly pubs, we’ve got Little Nan’s (@littlenansbar) up next. You can find Little Nan’s eclectic pubs in various locations, including Deptford and Stockwell. Their website makes a point of stating that they’re dog friendly so your pooch is welcome!

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

Marksman Public House (@marksman_pub), Haggerston

Marksman Public House (@marksman_pub) is an award winning Michelin Pub of the year. They serve great local beers, ales, lagers and ciders alongside a selection of fine wines and spirits. We have a bar menu and an exceptional restaurant. Best of all, dogs are welcome!

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

The Great Exhibition (@greatexhibit), Dulwich

Voted the best pub in Dulwich by Timeout, The Great Exhibition (@greatexhibit) has great food, craft beer, live music and a famous brunch. They’re dog (and cat) friendly so there’s no discrimination here!

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

The Grazing Goat (@thegrazinggoatw1), Marble Arch

Described on their website as a hidden gem amongst the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, The Grazing Goat (@thegrazinggoatw1) is located a short walk from Marble Arch and Hyde Park. It’s located on land where Lady Portman once grazed her goats. Nowadays, you may find a dog or two in this pub!

Indoor or Outdoor: Both

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