They’re our best friends, so don’t you think that dogs deserve a special Christmas outing?These London establishments sure think so.
They’re serving all manner of treats especially for our pups, including doggy bags, special meals and even dogtails.
Read on to discover the best doggy days out in the capital.
Smith & Whistle PiccadillyRenowned for being one of the most dog-friendly bars in London , Smith & Whistle has gone a step further and created a whole ‘Dogtail’ menu for thirsty pups.
Created in collaboration between the mixology team and David Jackson, a specialist in canine nutrition, Rover can choose from the Bubbly Bow Wow – dog-friendly pawsecco with liquidised blueberries – the Poochie Colada, which blends kale, broccoli and coconut water, and the Hound’s Hops, a mix of fresh mint and doggy beer. And from the terrace, humans can enjoy views of Green Park as well as craft beer, wine, and cocktails.
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet, and 42 percent of those households have more than one, according to a 2015-2016 survey by the APPA. There are 77.8 million pet dogs in the U.S. and 85.8 million pet cats.
Gaucho HampsteadAll of the branches of the upmarket Argentinian steak restaurant are dog friendly, but the one in Hampstead goes all out for canine companions on the first Sunday of every month.
On hot summer days, walk your dogs before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m. — or walk them only in shady or grassy/dirt areas.
Their ‘Doggy Sundays’ could take the shape of anything from an afternoon tea to a selection of treats and entertainment; all you have to do is book a table under your pet’s name.
Owners can tuck into the regular menu and, of course, there will be a doggy bag to take home…
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Well-behaved pups are always welcome here, whether it’s for lunch, dinner or one of the their Pooch Parties. But you might want to head here on a Saturday, when they do a special ‘six-legged brunch’ for pets and their owners.
Make Your Own DIY Pill Pockets with Peanut Butter, Milk & Flour. One of the most useful life hacks for dog owners is finding a way to get your dog to swallow pills. If you’re having a hard time getting your dog to swallow pills you can make your own DIY pill pockets.
While you tuck into anything from shakshuka, steak and eggs or a pancake stack, your furry friend can chow down on the likes of chicken jerky three ways, biltong risotto and peanut butter cookies – bon appétit!
Bluebird Café ChelseaIf you and your wallet are exhausted from trawling up and down the King’s Road, find sanctuary at the classy Bluebird Café. Pups are more than welcome at long-standing Chelsea haunt – after being greeted with a warm welcome by staff, dogs are given a bowl of water (with a choice of tap or still), and a goody bag of treats to devour while you tuck into an idyllic Saturday morning lunch.
Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold.
Dandie Dog Café Hampstead
What is not to love about a dedicated space for dogs and humans to hang
This charming café specialises in flavour packed, locally sourced vegetarian food for both you and your pet – you can munch on tofu scramble, smashed avo on toast or a selection of salads, while the furry one devours sausage and mash or banana pancakes.And that’s before we’ve even got to the cakes… Non-dog owners are especially welcome and you might even bump into the café founder’s pet pooches, Cookie and Buddy Bruiser.
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Stray dogs in Russia have learned how to ride the complex subway system, and get off at specific stops in search of food.
Love Shack HackneyThey describe themselves as a ‘piece of vegan paradise’ in East London, and you’ll find this dog-friendly restaurant, cocktail bar and events space spread under three exposed brick arches.
Sink back into one of their hammocks or bean bags, order a coconut laksa or tempeh caesar salad, and watch your pup making friends with the ones already on-site.
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