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Dog Walking in London
Where can I walk my dog in London?
Despite London being mostly city, there are lots of beautiful places to walk a dog in London. Why not take a look at The Best Dog Walks in London, these include Battersea Park and Hampstead Heath. If you are planning on taking a walk in Hampstead or Battersea park, take a look at our guides of things to do in the area.
The best place to go if you are a dog walker in East London is Epping Forest. The forest is open 24/7, 365 days a year which is great for those winter walks when most parks close at dusk! It has 2,400 hectares of ancient woodland and is a former royal forest. There is lots to explore from woodland, to heathland and plenty of ponds and rivers, in case your dog likes to swim!
The Montague on the Gardens
If you are coming to stay why not avoid having to find a dog sitter in London by bringing your dog to stay with you. The Montague don’t want you to have to leave your dog at home, they are part of the family and should be allowed to enjoy the holiday too. When you let them know that your dog is coming to stay, they will provide a dog bed to fit the size of your dog. They also give you the necessary food and water bowls so you don’t have to worry about those taking up space in your luggage. A dog goodie bag is given to you with a toy, treats and clean up bags so you can pack really light. They also provide a dog walker in central london for you if needed, and also a dog sitter in central london if that is required whilst you are staying there. If there is availability, then they will give you a larger room so your four-legged friend has lots of space to play.
The Egerton House Hotel
If you are looking to stay in London with your dog, then you may want to consider The Egerton House Hotel for a special treat. They like to know when you are bringing your dog so they can treat them as VIPs (Very Important Pets). Their pet concierge organise for a personalise pet welcome message, food and water bowls, an embroidered pet towel, dog sitting in London, a grooming service, toys and treats and even the most amazing pet menu of breakfast and dinner choices. You can also book in a Doggy and Owner afternoon tea.
Things to do in London with your dog
Doga is a human yoga practice which helps to support the natural bond you have with your dog. It was founded by Mahny Djahanguiri and she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 and has written a book all about the art of Doga. Doga events are hosted in London where you can take your dog and practice yoga.
Set up by Nicole Scott, an ex-NASA physicist who became a dog trainer, she believes if you own a dog in the city there are things your dog will need to learn as life for a dog in the city is very different to living in the countryside. In the city, dogs may have to get used to cyclists or travelling on the tube so you can sign up for bespoke training classes. They also now run an iPad masterclass, which teaches your dog to take selfies and paint on the iPad as well as training classes to get your dog set for a career in the spotlight.
Where to eat in London with your dog
Shake Shack is an American fast food restaurant that started in New York City. They have now opened up seven in London. They serve anything from burgers and fries to milkshakes. What makes them so special is their dog menu! You can order them a Pooch-ini which consists of ShackBurger dog biscuits (in a variety of flavours), peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard. It is a special treat after your dog has been really well behaved for the dog sitter in London.
We have to mention The Gaucho, Hampstead, as being dog friendly because of how welcoming they are to dogs. On the first Sunday of every month, The Gaucho host a Doggy Friendly Brunch. When you go to book a table, the reservation will be made under the dog’s name. When you arrive, your dog will get to walk up the red carpet where you will then be taken to your table. They will have a personalised dog bowl and a selection of beef or chicken pastries made by the chef. You can then tuck into a roast lunch while your dog is happy. It is free to take your dog, and for every dog that comes £5 is donated to Battersea Cats and Dogs home. They can play in the garden that they turn into an agility course and you then get to leave with a goodie bag filled with treats and toys for your dog. When you book a table there, you can tie it in with dog walking in Hampstead Heath before to treat yourself. Or go walking after to fuel up!
This is a lovely pub to go to after a walk in Epping Forest. They are dog friendly and will give your dog a bowl of fresh water and some treats. Your dog can dry off after a wet walk by the open fire.
Local vets in London
The London Animal Hospital
David Cuffe has been a practising vet for 40 years, but it was always his dream to set up a hospital. He set up The London Animal Hospital in 2017 and provides care to animals 24/7, 365 days a year. He works closely with BorrowMyDoggy by giving tips and tricks for owners and borrowers.
London Veterinary Surgeries
London Veterinary Surgeries is a network of veterinary practices over South London, with 8 different surgeries all providing the very best care for your animals. If you are a dog walker in South London and need to find a vet near you, then take a look at their website to find your nearest practice.
Included in your BorrowMyDoggy membership is a 24/7 Vet Line that both owners and borrowers can call. Whilst your furry friend is at dog day care in London with your borrower, they can call the vet line with any questions or concerns and can advise what to do. Owners are also able to ask them for any advice they need.
Pet shops in London
Pets at Home
Pets at Home is the UK’s largest pet supplies retailer, with 10 stores in London. They sell everything from dog beds, to toys and treats and coats for a reasonable price.
Purple Bone are a dog boutique and groomers in Notting Hill and Chelsea. They have quite the range of dog toys, coats and accessories and providing quality dog grooming.
Mungo and Maud
Described as a Dog and Cat Outfitters, this is a designer pet shop selling their products in their own store in Belgravia and in Harrods. They sell everything from cashmere jumpers to designer leads and collars.