Londons Best Dog-Friendly Resteraunts
Urbanologist and Co-founder of Dog-A-Porter (a dog chauffeur company), Camilla Mabbott, reports on her favourite five for date night with her dog, Alf.
The British have always had a love affair with their beloved dogs, but only recently have they been able to take them out on the town rather than just out in the park. There is an increasing trend of dog-friendly restaurants in London, and they aren’t all pubs either.
Not only is the food the best Italian in London in my view, but Lucio and his family are dog lovers and welcome them with open arms. Situated on the Fulham Road, it is always full, especially for Sunday lunch. It may look formal and better suited in Mayfair, but the hospitality of the owners and the regular clientele who all seem to know each other makes it feel like a local trattoria. The fried zucchini flowers stuffed with goat's cheese and peas, followed by tagliata di manzo are top of my list, while cheese grissini and wafer-thin grilled chicken paillard are a particular favourite of my dog, Alf’s.
5 Hertford Street
The most desirable private member’s club in London is also a haven for dogs. For 5 Hertford Street is like being at home, with roaring fires in nearly every room, a labyrinth of cozy rooms to get lost in and the most charming decoration so it would be remiss not to see the odd dog or two. Although the achingly hip nightclub, Loulou’s, downstairs and the chic restaurants reveal it is not your parents' place. The food is delicious albeit expensive, but if you are lucky enough to be a member or get invited, it is worth it for the experience. But back to the dogs, I once overheard the owner, Robin Birley, say to a guest “you’re not the member, the dog is”. Access all areas for the hounds.
Famed for it’s Sunday roasts, Thomas Cubitt is named after one of London’s most iconic 19th Century master builders and the decoration is a nod to his era. The menu is a great example of seasonal British produce, and the Bloody Mary’s are legendary. The tables spill out onto the lovely Elizabeth Street for a long lunch or drinks after work. Dog are welcome, as they are in the other three restaurants in this chain (The Grazing Goat, The Orange and The Alfred Tennyson). A refreshingly British experience.
Daphne’s is always chic, always great service and always delicious Italian food. The crab and chilli linguine is legendary as it the manager, Gabrielle, who has been there forever and welcomes the regulars as if they are his family. Only recently have dogs been allowed in the bar and conservatory areas for lunch, and I take partial responsibility for this as I have been lobbying for years… The stylish Lulu Guinness dog bowls are a fitting statement to this wonderful London restaurant.
Sloane Square’s tribute to a French brasserie was designed by the late David Collins and lives up to the Parisienne culinary experience. It’s always busy and it’s hub for breakfast, lunch, dinner in the Belgravia/Chelsea junction. Take a right as you enter and you’ll see dogs sitting on the banquets with their owners sipping their coffees or enjoying the moreish French menu. Au natural in France for dogs to come into restaurants. Vive la France!
Dog-A-Porter is a luxury dog chauffeur company created to counter the difficulties and hassle of bringing dogs in and out of the UK. Bespoke service to take dogs anywhere in Europe, or even in the UK, so the owners can fly and meet their dogs at their destination.