Wine & Dine


Places to wine and dine in LONDON with your dog(s) –

(this page is being refined for easier usage, as most of them are in central London – they will still be classified by cuisine)

We live in London and one of the things that got us started on this blog was the search of dog-friendly places.  I had separation anxiety, I did not want to go out without Darcy.  Besides I have a better time whenever she is out with me. So I set about finding places that would allow me to share my dining experiences with Darcy and eventually George.

Because we wanted to let other dog owners know they can do the same, we started to blog about our experiences!

We did not settle for the obvious pubs which tend to be dog-friendly but sought out white table-cloth restaurants, cafes, healthy places to eat and especially those with an ambiance.

At the time of posting, these listed places have been tried and tested by me and doggies but things might have changed since – and some may have closed. We try to update this list as often as we can but can you imagine what state we would be in if we ate at all these restaurants regularly!

If you know if any places in London or Greater London that are not listed here, do let us know – it will give us another reason to try yet another place that welcome our furry member of the family.

But PLEASE be a considerate dog-owner. When you go out to dine with your pooches keep in mind it is a privilege, not a given.  Places in London are opening up to the idea, let’s keep that momentum going.  It’s upsetting to hear that some of restaurants have reverted their policies because they had “bad experiences.”

  • Keep your dog on a leash
  • Keep them out of the way of waiters and other diners (preferably under the table)
  • Don’t let them get near the food on the table (I am sometimes guilty of this but I only do so at more casual eateries)
  • Make sure they don’t bark. Nothing like having an intimate conversation over dinner and be interrupted by a bark.

Otherwise, go forth and conquer the world with doggy love. So often they are much better behaved than humans but there’s a huge prejudice to overcome, so let’s help ourselves.

Afternoon Tea (9) – a very English tradition, something to enjoy with visitors to England.

Café Liberty – Tucked away on the 2nd floor of Liberty London, treat yourself to a tea break at the Liberty Department store on Great Marlborough Street just off Regent Street.IMG_1211-580x435The Drawing Rooms at the Ampersand Hotel – “Part English drawing room, part ‘salon de thé’, with deep sofas and studded armchairs in scarlet velvets and kingfisher blues, The Drawing Rooms is the place to enjoy pretty pastries, exceptional teas, freshly-pressed coffees and Afternoon Tea.”  10 Harrington Rd, London SW7

Dolly’s at Selfridges – If you can carry your dog into Selfridges, you can take your dog to Dolly’s Cafe! I did and we celebrated with champagne tea! 400 Oxford St, London W1C 1JS

Egerton House Hotel – A five-star boutique London hotel set on a quiet street in a red brick 1843 townhouse. Close to Knightsbridge shopping and South Kensington tube station, traditional afternoon tea is served in the lounge. Charming and a great place to bring out-of-towners for something very English. 17-19 Egerton Terrace, London SW3 2BX1398998_968464769861402_5152994977107722090_o-580x387(Tea with Aussies at Egerton House Hotel)

The Knightsbridge Hotel, one of the Firmdale Hotels, located on a quiet, leafy street in central London, the interior of the charming Knightsbridge Hotel welcomes guests with Kit Kemp’s genius decor. 1PT, 10 Beaufort Gardens, London SW3 1PX

The Milestone Hotel a five-star hotel located across the street from Kensington Gardens, classic afternoon tea served in the main tea room (subject to the staff discretion based on other customers needs) or in the equally nice conservatory. We have made reservations in the past but we have also just walked in after a running session in the park, I needed a cup of tea! 1-2 Kensington Ct, London W8 5DL

The Montague is a boutique hotel set in a row of Georgian townhouse across the street from the British Museum. They serve Afternoon Tea in the conservatory. 15 Montague St, London WC1B 5BJ

Number Sixteen is one of the Firmdale Hotels.  Situated in the heart of South Kensington, close to the tube station, it has its own tree-filled private garden. And back there, it is a little oasis. Dining with dogs is in the garden only, but on a good day, that’s the best place to be. 16 Sumner Place, London SW7 3EG

Pont Street – afternoon tea at Pont Street, set within Belgraves Hotel, a Thompson Hotel in Belgravia. 20 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8HQ

American (2)

Chiltern Firehouse – Andre Balazs luxury hotel and restaurant in Marylebone. “Small and well-behaved dogs” are allowed inside the restaurant but there’s also only in the outside seating – well-heated and mostly covered. Love the people watching! 1 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PA

Joe Allen – A classic American restaurant based in the heart of London’s busy Covent Garden, favoured by theatre goer. Joe Allen has been serving the best in authentic American food since 1977.  Only “small dogs” allowed. Covent Garden, 13 Exeter St, London WC2E 7DT

Asian/Pan-Asian or Fusion (5) – not easy to find Asian restaurants that allow dogs in so we value these highly for purposes of variety.IMG_3706-580x459(Darcy at OKA Chelsea)

Bronte – Menu inspired by the Pacific Rim, interiors designed by Tom Dixon, this restaurant, bar & patio, a good fusion menu.  Named not after the literary sisters but after the 1st Duke of Bronte aka Horatio Nelson who stands at the top of the plinth on Trafalgar Square. Close to Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross station. Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5EJ

The Duck and Rice – Dim sum with dogs on a Sunday – heaven!!!  Stylish British pub with copper beer tanks and upstairs dining room serving elevated Chinese dishes. Dogs are only allowed downstairs in the bar area but you can basically have the same menu as upstairs. The same proprietor as Hakkasan and Yauatcha – prefer not to mention Wagamama and Busaba Eathai. 90 Berwick St, London W1F 0QB

Kurobuta –  a contemporary version of the traditional Japanese Izakaya, is the very hip Japanese bar and grill on King’s Road. The previous chef of Nobu now has his own restaurant in Chelsea and Marble Arch. Not sure about the one in Marble Arch but the Chelsea restaurant allow dogs in. It is very noisy so if you decide to dine here with your pooches, I would request to sit closer to the front and on a beautiful spring day when the doors are open, it’s better than being in the back room where it is crowded and noisy.  312 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UH

OKA Restaurants – Traditional Japanese & fusion hand-made sushi combined with hot wok dishes from all over the world. There are three OKA restaurants – Primrose Hill, Chelsea and Carnaby Street. The one in Carnaby Street only allow dogs when it is not busy as it is a small restaurant, and probably not big dogs. 251 Kings Road, Chelsea, or 71 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 8UY

Suksan – Classic Thai food in a dining room filled with understated Asian motifs. They have two other restaurants but not sure if they are also dog-friendly.  They have recently become dog-friendly when they learnt that all the restaurants around them are. They just didn’t know they could. A welcomed addition. 7 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ

British (14) – also see Pub (Gastro) section. Much the same.

The Botanist – Simple Modern British food served at tables or the bar in this airy, all-day Chelsea restaurant. Part of the ETM restaurant group, but we have only been to the one at Sloane Square. Dogs are allowed in the bar dining area. 7 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EE

Brompton Food Market – Right around the corner from South Kensington tube station, Brompton Food Market is a butcher, greengrocer, fishmonger and deli all under one roof. They have the best produce and at the back there’s also a place, a little sanctuary where you can sit and have something to eat from the deli. 33 Thurloe Pl, London SW7 2HQ

Bumpkin – rustic-chic British brasserie serving carefully sourced Modern Brit food and wines. There are several venues but we have only been to the one next to the Chelsea Farmer’s Market where there is outside (covered) seating in the back.  119 Sydney St, London SW3 6NR

The Butcher & Grill – a modern style butcher shop and deli with an informal bar and grill. I really did not expect this to be dog-friendly but it is – very convenient for after-walks in Battersea Park. But then again, have known a few butchers that are dog-friendly. 39-41 Parkgate Rd, London SW11 4NP

Clarke’s – An amazing find! White table cloth, fine dining. It is farm-to-table restaurant focused on seasonal British ingredients and breads from Sally Clarke’s own bakery. Well-behaved dogs (goes without saying) are welcomed at the tables on the side where the bar is but still white-table cloth service.  Please call in advance to let them know when bringing dogs so they can reserve appropriate table. 124 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 4BH

Cornish Tiger – Fine dining in  Clapham, a Modern British fusion restaurant. Had the most amazing duck dish. Salivating every time I think of it. Clapham Junction, 1 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HG

Geales Chelsea Green – There’s the original posh fish n’ chips Geales in Notting Hill – where dogs are not allowed in, but the one in Chelsea Green does – they have their own dog.  Leather banquettes, gingham tablecloths and antique mirrors and Ulysses to welcome you! 1 Cale St, London SW3 3QT

The Henry Root – sadly this has closed down as of 23 December. This was the first restaurant I took Darcy to and made me realise I can take dogs to restaurants in London! Our journey began here.  I’m leaving them here just to say thank-you for all the lovely times we’ve had.Miss Darcy 4(At The Henry Root – photo courtesy of

HUNter 486 – The restaurant at The Arch Hotel, a relaxed, boutique-style hotel. Hunter 486 is named after the 1950s dialling code for Marylebone. It offers a ‘Best of British’ inspired menu – Fish & Chips and Afternoon Tea with a twist. While it is dog-friendly, diners with dogs sit in the Library. It was absolutely fine. 50 Great Cumberland Pl, London W1H 7FD

Kitty Fishers – A dimly lit space that serves modern British with a Spanish twist at the fast becoming hip Shepherd’s Market. Very popular now, hard to get it. Interesting food. 10 Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QF

Maggie Jones – a favourite haunt among Kensington locals for over 40 years. Cosy, rustic, informal and incurably romantic, the restaurant is tucked away off Kensinston Church Street. Named after Princess Margaret who frequented the place. The royals come often from nearby Kensington Palace. There’s a special silver water bowl for their dogs – Darcy was served water once with it. 6 Old Ct Pl, London W8 4PL

Nutbourne Battersea  – In south London’s Battersea, this is a good place to go after a good walk in Battersea Park with the dogs. A bucolic brasserie serving British-grown health foods and salads. 35-37 Parkgate Rd, Battersea SW11 4NP

Petersham Nurseries Cafe – is not a cafe at all but a restaurant with a Michelin star. Not quite sure which category it belongs except that their menu consists of seasonal dishes dotted with edible flower flourishes, served within a plant-filled glasshouse, it’s been allocated under “British”. Church Lane, Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AB

Tom’s Kitchen – A light-and-airy brasserie, focusing on comforting classics and seasonal specials, using the very best of British produce, serving an all-day menu to stylish clientele. 27 Cale St, Chelsea, London SW3 3QP

The Crown and Two Chairmen – Landmark Soho pub serving British menu, roasts and bar snacks, with table service in the upstairs bar.  31-32 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3SB

European Cafes/Brasserie/Diners/Bars (19)

202 Café – Nicole Farhi’s open plan café/restaurant provides brassiere food. After dining, one can browse in the shop.  There’s usually a fight for the tables outside on nice days. Inside is noisy – very Yummy Mummy during the week and on weekends, everyone’s out. 202 Café, 202 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London W11 2RH

A Wanted Man is an espresso canteen that serves food and comes with brow bar (browhaus) and waxing salon. Unique! 330 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UR

Andrew Edmunds serves a modern European menu served at candlelit tables in a snug 18th-century townhouse. “Small to medium-sized, well-behaved dogs welcome. Please mention when booking.” 46 Lexington St, London W1F 0LP.

Beaufort House Chelsea – a relaxed, home-style feel restaurant/brasserie and cocktail bar.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 354 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UZ

The Black Penny – chic cafe with bare brick walls serving health-conscious fare in Covent Garden. Loved the food there. 34 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5AAIMG_0545-3Cafe Liberty – Tucked away on the second floor of Liberty’s Department store is the perfect place to stop and have a break for lunch, tea or a snack. We love Liberty’s and we love that they love dogs. At Great Marlborough Street, just off Regent Street.

Cafe Mess – Eclectic all-day dining restaurant and bar at Saatchi Gallery. Dogs are allowed at the bar area and there’s alfresco dining. Saatchi Gallery at Duke of York Square, King’s road

Chelsea Quarter Cafe – Bright, contemporary stop for coffee, juice, breakfast fare and sandwiches to eat-in or take away. It seems to be chaining their menu – becoming more Mediterranean. 219 King’s Rd, London SW3 5EJ

Finns of Chelsea – Gourmet food and catering store.  Wander in for a light lunch or have a coffee – there are lots of little things for sale to look at. 4 Elystan St, London SW3 3NS

The Conran Shop Marylebone Cafe – Chic contemporary furnishings including design classics and one-off vintage pieces that has a cafe tucked in the back. 55 Marylebone High St, London W1U 5HS

Gail’s on Fulham Road – Artisan Bakery serving coffee, tea, bread, lunch , cakes, pastries, breakfast and take-out meals.  Again this varies by store. The one on Fulham Road we are allowed to go in and we can sit at the front. The one on King’s Road is more particular. So ask. 341 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9TW

Greenberry Cafe – All day dining and delicious wines in the heart of Primrose Hill. 101 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 8UR

The Kensington Wine Rooms – The focus as suggested by the name is wines but serves modern European cuisine. The name did not suggest anything more but happy to find out that we can eat there happily with the dogs. Maybe wine people are dog-people. 127-129 Kensington Church St, London W8 7LP

Margaux – Upscale European cooking & refined Old World wines in laid-back room of earthy, exposed brick walls. 152 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0BE

Nell’s a brunch, lunch, salad & juice bar on King’s Road for eat-in or takeaway. It has often been an if-fy issue – some of their clients don’t like dogs but there are also dog-owners who do not respect others. Dogs off-lead and barking meant now we have to sit downstairs. That’s fine because their cakes are worth having and besides, it is quitter downstairs. 191 King’s Road, London SW3

Pitfield Cafe – Pitfield in Shoreditch is an eclectic emporium that stocks only beautiful, unique and attention grabbing homewards. The café is an extension of the Pitfield lifestyle; a unique and inspirational gathering place in which to work, relax and socialise. We were there for an event and found out they’re dog-friendly. 31-35 Pitfield St, London N1 6HB

Pont Street is a neighbourhood restaurant, conceived as the ultimate all-day dining experience. Set within Belgraves Hotel, a Thompson Hotel in Belgravia – one of the most dog-friendly hotels in London. 20 Chesham Pl, London SW1X 8HQIMG_6481-2The Society Club – Soho – a unique book club for the literary inclined is open to the public during the day for cocktails with your furry friends. A bookstore, a gallery and a members club. Has a lovely atmosphere. And lots of barking dogs too. When we stopped for a cocktail there were two barking daschunds and a few others that came through the door.  Just an experience to be in that space. 12 Ingestre Pl, London W1F 0JF

Swans Bar at Maison Assouline – not just a cafe/bookshop on Piccadilly, but a terribly chic place to stop for a cocktail or a cup of Dammann Frères tea.  Once a banking hall designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1922, it is now the London home of book publishers Assouline. In one corner is Swans Bar serving late breakfast to early dinner snacks such as salmon toast and flutes of champagne.  196A Piccadilly, London W1J 9EY

French Cuisine (12)
Bellanger – Traditional French restaurant inspired by the original Alsatian brasseries of Paris – glossy, grand cafe-style surroundings. Was greeted by the maitre’d who has a cockapoo, sat next to a couple who was so excited we were sitting there and fussed over Darcy the whole time, and others walked past and patted Darcy. They even had Bellanger dog biscuits.  img_6138And we met another cockapoo  Ziggy sitting outside.  9 Islington Green, London N1 2XH

Bibendum Oyster Bar – Elegant, airy French seafood bistro with art deco tiled mosaics, for oysters, seafood and champagne. Many memories of this place – very convenient for after shopping at Conran’s. Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, London SW3 6RDIMG_7935

Cocotte – A welcoming rustic chicken rotisserie restaurant based in Notting Hill serving French, spit-roasted chicken, sides & more, to stay or go. 95 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UW

Colbert – Inspired by the great boulevard cafes of Paris, Colbert serves a French cafe menu in trio of rooms with art nouveau, art deco and Victorian features. Dogs are only allowed in the bar dining area and there’s also outside seating.  One time we were there, one of the Princesses was there, saw Darcy and said, “Hello doggy.” 50-52 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AX 50-52 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AXIMG_0389-2Cuisine de la bar by Poilane – Serves toasted, open-face sandwiches using classy Poilane bread in chic space. Too bad Peter Jones does not allow dogs in or we would be there often and then stop for lunch at Poilane. Such a perfect combo. 39 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2TB

La Colombier – French brasserie serving classic cuisine, with year-round covered terrace – therefore even though dogs are only allowed “outside” it is well sheltered and heated during the winter. 145 Dovehouse St, London SW3 6LB

Le Gavroche – I’ve dined at this granddaddy of London’s dining scene but I did not know it was dog-friendly. They do not have policies against dog but they warned that because it is such a small space, the dogs have to be “small.”  I reassured them that my dog will sit under the table. It might have to be George the next time we go. Let’s find a reason to celebrate. 43 Upper Brook Street, W1K 7QR

L’Escargot – Set in the heart of London Soho, situated near great theatres, L’Escargot is classic French fine dining. Located in a converted townhouse with artworks by Miro, Warhol and Picasso. Amazingly dog-welcoming! The maitre’d walked my pooches to our table and off rose served water. 48 Greek St, London W1D 4EFIMG_8717-2Medlar – Exceptional high-end, modern French food with global influences using seasonal ingredients served in an understated dining room. They started off being dog-friendly but after some complaints from clients, they have become more discreet. Dogs are still very welcome at off-peak hours. 438 King’s Rd, London SW10 0LJIMG_0766-580x435

Montparnasse Cafe – Great little French cafe, snug, quiet spot with marble-topped tables, only a stones throw from the bustling main streets. Fab to stop for croissants, sandwiches and coffees after a walk in nearby Kensington Gardens. 22 Thackeray St, Kensington, London W8 5ET

Oree – bringing a taste of the boulangeries and patisseries of rural France to London, Orée offers freshly baked viennoiserie, artisan bread and fine patisserie, alongside a selection of breakfast dishes, salads and coffees, to eat-in, or takeaway. 277 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9NY

Soif – which means “thirst” in French is a rustic-chic restaurant in Clapham serving daily limited menus of modern French fare, and of course a long list of mainly French wines. Lovely walk across the Common with pooch to lunch – not bad. 27 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HG

Greek/Mediterranean (5)

Chucs – An intimate, all-day restaurant serving breakfasts to to dinner. This is an off-shoot of the original Mayfair 50s-style menswear boutique and restaurant and café concept on Dover Street. Chucs menswear collection is also housed on the ground floor of the venue. But when I asked them if it is an Italian restaurant, they rather be classified as Modern Cuisine. 226 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH (We have listed Chucs Mayfair in Outdoor/Al fresco Dining.)

Jak’s on King’s Road – Mediterranean menu of pizza, pasta and unfussy meat and seafood dishes in an industrial space with brick walls and sofas. There’s also a cafe across the street to hang out for cakes and coffees. 533 King’s Rd, London SW10 0TZ

Jak’s on Walton Street – “Inspired by our belief in local produce, of being happy and healthy in our lifestyles and wanting to provide London with a little taste of the Mediterranean using food that is home cooked, organic and delicious.” Been there to watch football matches with doggies. 77 Walton Street, London, SW3 2HT

Jakobs – casual bistro with skylight and tiled floors, for middle-Eastern and Mediterranean-inspired organic dishes. People who do not like dogs have been known to be turned away. And there’s jazz night every Wednesday. 20 Gloucester Rd, London SW7 4RB

OPSO Restaurant – inspired by traditional and contemporary Greek taste, OPSO serves modern Greek tapas to be shared. Not usually a fan of Greek food but this is “modern” Greek – whatever it means, it’s delicious! 10 Paddington St, London W1U 5QLIMG_4214

Hamburger (1)
Brgr. Co – Lebanese with a dose of Americana, this sophisticated burger bar also has hot dogs and milkshakes. 127 King’s Rd, London SW3 4PWIMG_7509-2

Healthy / Organic Options and Breakfasts (7)

B Bagel Bars –  an authentic bagel bakery offering in-house stone-baked bagels, healthy salads. 236D Fulham Rd, London SW10 9NB

Cpress – Organic juice, coffee and food. 285 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9PZ

JUICE Baby – Modern cafe serving organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies plus health-conscious food and salads. Our daily haunt. Creamy Cacao for breakfast, some smoothie for lunch and another treat late afternoon. Don’t count the calories, just think it’s all organic! 398 King’s Rd, London SW10 0LJ

LOMAX – Healthy eatery in a fitness centre where experts can create personal nutrition plans.  Can never not order the pancakes. 293 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9PZIMG_7300

Farmacy – this was a good find. Not too many dog-friendly places to eat around Bayswater.  We learnt about it from one of our blog readers. And then we even met up for breakfast! They are also open for lunch and dinner. It’s all about clean indulgence, inspired by dishes from around the globe and supports vegan and vegetarian diets -free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. 74-76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London W2 5SH

Raw Press – Their first physical outlet is on Dover Street in Mayfair beneath Wolf & Badger and the second on Chelsea’s Ellis Street. We’ve only been to the Chelsea outlet. 3 Ellis St, London SW1X 9AL

Squirrel – Squirrel is an all day fast casual healthy food and drink hangout set within such natural surroundings that even a squirrel and dogs would feel at home! Dog treats available and we can sit in the back of the restaurant. 11 Harrington Rd, South Kensington SW7 3ES

Italian Restaurants and Pizzeria (33)

Assunta Madre – Italian fish dishes are the focus of this cream-and-wood dining room modelled on the Roman original. Quite a formal restaurant – must let them know if you’re bringing a dog – preferably not large and must be quiet!  9-10 Blenheim Street, Mayfair, London.

Bacchus Lounge – A contemporary restaurant in the heart of Chelsea serving authentic Italian. Busy and lively in the evenings, great bar – from 4pm onwards every day – have an Italian Aperitivo!  Fab place to stop after the cinema on Fulham Road, except you need to go home and get your dog(s). 154 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9PR

Bernardi’s – Italian food & drinks in a polished, bi-level digs with a basement bar & terrace. 62 Seymour St, London W1H 5BN Tel. 020 3826 7940

Brutti & Boni Bottega Contemporanea – More of a deli serving Tuscany’s food and wine. We stop by often on our walk home from the park – to speak some Italian and flirt with the guys. 14 Gloucester Rd, London SW7 4RB

Cacciari’s – Classic and modern Italian dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Close to South Kensington tube station.82 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3LQ

Chelsea Cellar – Relaxed wine cellar in Chelsea serving simple delicious Italian food and great. 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ

Cibo – Elegantly upmarket Italian dishes, plenty of seafood with Sunday lunch menu and private dining. 3 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ  (To be trialed soon!)

Da Mario – Simple Italian trattoria open since 1972.  15 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4PP

Daphne’s Restaurant – An Italian mainstay in South Kensington/Chelsea, known for people-watching and classic cuisine. Nice to go on occasions, reliable for good food and feeling special. Dogs allowed only in the conservatory for lunch time 12-15pm.  112 Draycott Ave, London SW3 3AE IMG_2424Elistano – Contemporary Italian and European food served in a relaxed neighbourhood atmosphere. 25-27 Elystan St, Chelsea Green, London SW3 3NT

Fazenda – This is as close as you can possibly get to eating lunch in Italy but you’re in Spitalfields. Very hearty and genuine food and atmosphere, for a very reasonable price. Coffee is also strongly recommended, both to drink in, take away, or buy a bag of to take home. 13 Leyden Street, London E1  7LE

Franco’s – Upscale Italian restaurant for all-day haute dining amid elegant old-world interiors. Situated at the St James’s end of Jermyn Street, Franco’s has been serving the community from early morning to late at night for over 60 years. Rumoured to be London’s first Italian restaurant. Very much a business clientele during the day. Haven’t been in the evenings so not sure what happens then. 61 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6LX

Frantoio – Family-run restaurant with white tablecloths serving classic Italian cuisine. An institution along the King’s Road towards World’s End.  The owner who is more English than Italina would at times would break into song!  397 King’s Rd, London SW10 0LR

Fucina – Situated in the heart of Marylebone. An Italian restaurant that sources the best organic produce to create their menu of wood-fired pizza, roasted meats, elegantly plated pasta. The stylish and cavern-like space with coloured glass panes and a warped brick ceiling is supposed to conjure up the look of a brick oven’s interior. 22 Paddington St, Marylebone, London W1U 5QR

GastroVino & Bar8 – A collaboration between Italian spirits expert and the best of Italian delicacies. 257 King’s Rd, Westminster, Chelsea and Knightsbridge SW3 5EL,

GOAT – Formerly a well-known pub in Chelsea which has been transformed into a New York-Italian restaurant & lounge bar.  Manager is dog-crazy, the dogs get all the attention. They also have a kid’s club on Sundays – so good for the family outing. 333 Fulham Rd, London, SW10 9 QLIMG_6022-1(At GOAT, Darcy looking on with great envy at Sasha’s pizza)

Il Baretto – A basement Italian restaurant below a ground floor bar offering an extensive wine list and cocktails.  43 Blandford St, London W1U 7HF  (To be trialed soon!)

J Pizzeria & Cucina Italiana – Serving an extensive menu of creative and traditional pizzas and pastas.  148 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 8XN

La Pizzeria – pizzas of course, inside and outside seating available, very casual. At Chelsea Farmers Market 125 Sydney Street, London SW3 6NR. Chelsea

Lucio – Italian staples in a simple, bustling dining room with fixed-price menus at lunchtime. Family owned and the whole family is there to greet you. Always see someone famous in there, especially their cockapoo, Coco. 257-259 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HYunnamed (7)(Greeted by Lucio. Photo courtesy of

Made in Italy – Rustic restaurant serving thin crust pizza by the metre on wooden sharing boards, with roof terrace. We sat up on the terrace – what fun – before the rain came. There are at least three “Made in Italy” in London, but we’ve only been to the one on King’s Road. 249 King’s Rd, London SW

Manicomo Chelsea – At the Duke of York Square along the row of restaurants, it’s modern Italian with an outdoor terrace serving upscale takes on classic recipes.  The Duke Of York Square, 83-85 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY (outdoor seating)

Numero 28 – Casual chain restaurant specializing in wood-fired, Neapolitan pizza, plus classic Italian dishes. The Numero 28 special is the best pizza I’ve ever had. 184 Kensington Park Rd, London, UK W11 2ES

Orso is a traditional Italian restaurant offering a range of authentic regional dishes in a relaxed atmosphere in a modern basement of London’s busy Covent Garden.  27 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DB

Ottoemezzo Cafe/Pizzeria – All-day cosy (crammed) Italian cafe with vintage movie posters and colourful fabrics.  Good basic Italian. 2-4 Thackeray St, Kensington, London W8 5ET.  The restaurant next door, Locando Ottomezzo, is a rarity for an Italian restaurant – NO DOGS! Asked them why. Because. Because? We don’t allow.

Pellicano – Intimate trattoria with a menu of Italian/Sardinian dishes and outside tables under an awning. 19-21 Elystan St, London SW3 3NT

Picolo Cucina – Classic Italian menu of fresh, first- course pastas, and flavourful, second-course meat. Amazing fresh calamari. 186 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2ES.

Pizzeria Livieto, Calabria comes to London, a welcomed addition to our neighbourhood. “Lievito is a restaurant concept with its own identity, bringing innovation and tradition together. Our bespoke mixture of wholemeal flours makes our pizzas unique and recognisable for their lightness.” 273 Fulham Road, London SW10 9PZ

Polpo – A bàcaro, Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving small plates/simple food and good, young local wines. You can sit both inside or outside.  81 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY. There are nine other locations in London – another near Regent Street which comes in handy when out and about shopping.

Riccardo – Home-style Tuscan sharing dishes.  They remember your birthdays! 126 Fulham Rd, London SW3 6HU

Vini Italiani – Wine shop which also serves simple tasty offerings in the lower level … and the dogs get to check out the wines! At 72 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3LQ

Zafferano – Sophisticated Italian cuisine served in an exposed brick dining room with striped banquettes. But dining with dogs is outside covered seating seating totally sheltered and heated. Perfectly fine under most conditions. 15 Lowndes St, London SW1X 9EY

Ziani – Neighbourhood Italian restaurant on a quiet street. Small space but we managed.  45 Radnor Walk, London SW3 4BP

New Zealand Dining (1)

The Providers & Tapa Room – Only “well-behaved dogs” are allowed in the front of the ground floor Tapa Room. The Tapa Room is an all-day cafe and The Providores provides formal dining, offering an Antipodean fusion menu, tapas and New Zealand wine list.  109 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4RX

Outdoor/Alfesco Dining (8)

Blakes Restaurant – At the Blakes Hotel, a contemporary Mediterranean influenced menu in newly refurbished space in the hotel. Before refurbishment, dogs were welcomed in the restaurant but now they have a courtyard garden where we can dine with dogs. If it’s too cold, there’s a heated “birdcage” that seats eight. 33 Roland Gardens, London SW7 3PFimg_8610The Bluebird Café & Courtyard – dining alfresco in the courtyard only for dogs or in the nearby wine cellar/food shop. 350 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UU

Chiltern Firehouse – Andre Balazs luxury hotel and restaurant in Marylebone. “Small and well-behaved dogs” are allowed inside the restaurant but there’s also  only in the outside seating – well-heated and mostly covered. Love the people watching! 1 Chiltern St, London W1U 7PAIMG_1893(Chiltern Firehouse has the most elaborate of dog bowls!)

Chucs – This is the original Chucs, nestled in the heart of Mayfair.  A 1950s-style menswear boutique and classic Italian restaurant.  Very busy at lunch time and very small space so it’s understandable that they do not allow dogs inside. There’s outdoor seating and the waiter apologised for not letting us in.  But the one in Westbourne Grove have a back garden and in the evening there are a few tables in the conservatory where humans can dine with their dogs. 30B Dover Street London W1S 4NB

Le Caprice – when a restaurant only allow dogs outside it’s not really dog-friendly. But it is after all Le Carprice and the staff was lovely when we turned up. It was a cool day and we sat outside like lemons – just us, no one else.  They brought me a blanket and put on the heater. The staff was very welcoming but the policy is no dog inside. So in the case of having something a little more upmarket and willing to dine alfresco, this is a good option.  Le Caprice in St James’s is a modern European restaurant offering bar dining, pre and post theatre menus and Sunday brunch. 20 Arlington St, London SW1A 1RJ

The Market Place Restaurant – an all-day diner with rustic decor and large terrace, for breakfasts, chargrilled burgers and salads. Outdoor seating only for humans and dogs. Chelsea Farmers Market, 125 Sydney St, London SW3 6NR

Number Sixteen – one of the Firmdale Hotels, occupying a Victorian white stucco townhouse in the heart of South Kensington, London, with its own tree-filled private garden. We walked in one day and asked if me and my dogs could have a cup of tea in their conservatory. Only in the garden and only if the dogs are on a leash and well-behaved.  It was a beautiful summer’s day and we didn’t mind sitting in the garden – a little oasis in very busy South Kensington.  Good for lunch and afternoon tea. 16 Sumner Place, London SW7 3EGIMG_5017Scott’s – Another one where it’s no dogs inside but alfresco pavement dining is an option. Huge selection of market-fresh fish, seafood and caviar plus an elegant oyster and champagne bar.  Again, they warmly welcome dogs – outside only. 20 Mount St, London W1K 2HE

Patisserie/Cake Shops/Gelateria (6)

Dri Dri Gelato – the happy world of gelato! Slurp is Dri Dri’s side-kick and food guru that helps sniff out the best ingredients!  One of Darcy’s favourite places – whenever we go in that direction, she heads off into the shop. Chelsea Farmers Market, 125 Sydney St, London SW3 6NR

Hummingbird Bakery – There are at least three branches of this cupcake, American style bakery. At the Chelsea branch, we are allowed to go inside with the dogs, and depending on the manager on duty, the dogs can stay inside while you sit and indulge. It changes all the time. If not, there are outside tables. 47 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3JP

Maitre Choux – Eclairs, choux, chouquettes baked fresh every morning by three Michelin Star pastry chef Joakim Prat. Stop to look at the amazing array of beautiful choux or stop and have coffee or tea and indulge in these delicious pastries. 15 Harrington Rd, London SW7 3ESIMG_2519

Oree – bringing a taste of the boulangeries and patisseries of rural France to London, Orée offers freshly baked viennoiserie, artisan bread and fine patisserie, alongside a selection of breakfast dishes, salads and coffees, to eat-in, or takeaway. 277 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9NY

Peggy Porschen – Pretty in pink is how we describe this chic bakery featuring creative cakes and sweet treats which serves coffee, tea and champagne! 116 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ

Snowflakes – handcrafted and lovingly made gelato using locally sourced ingredients, then mixing them up with the love and passion by Italian chefs using traditional methods. There are at least five outlets but the one we’ve been to is by the South Kensington tube station – and we were warmly welcomed in! 42-44 Thurloe Street, London SW7 2LT

Polish (1)

Daquise is the legendary oldest Polish restaurant serving traditional Polish cuisine since 1947. We loved the dumplings! 20 Thurloe St, London SW7 2LT (near South Kensington tube station)IMG_7463-580x435-2

Portuguese (1)

Taberna do Mercado is a joint effort between Nuno Mendes and head chef Antonio Galapito to capture and reinterpret Portuguese food and flavours whilst championing specially sourced Portuguese ingredients. Old Spitalfields Market, 107b Commercial Street, E1 6BG.

Pubs – Gastro (14) There are quite a few Gastro Pubs usually dog-friendly but these are just few we have been to.

The Abingdon – A quaint interior Kensington gastro pub serving great food and wine.  Quite busy in the evenings and it was one of those days when George wasn’t behaving! 🙁 54 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AP
Alice House – A mix of vintage chic, innovative cocktails, craft beer and British food in stripped interior with exposed bricks and bare bulbs. 53-55 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NJ  (To be trialed soon!)

The Brown Cow – A foodie pub with carefully considered rustic decor. 676 Fulham Rd, London SW6 5SA

The Cross Keys – The iconic restaurant & bar in Chelsea serving creative takes on traditional Euro-Brit food in a historic setting. 1 Lawrence St, London SW3 5NB

Thomas Cubitt – A local favourite in one of London’’s most distinguished and picturesque neighbourhoods, buzzy atmosphere of the Ground Floor Bar usually spills out onto the streets when the weather is nice. Also a restaurant upstairs but not accessible to dogs. Close to Sloane Square. 44 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PA

The Grazing Goat – a warm, rustic and comfortable interior with a delightful seasonal British menu. Near Marylebone area, it is a restaurant, pub and hotel. Part of the Thomas Cubitt group.  6 New Quebec St. W1H 7RQ

The Orange – A 5-minute walk from Sloane Square tube station, a gastropub and hotel featuring wood fired pizzas, classic British dishes.  Dogs there all day! Part of the Thomas Cubbitt group. 37 Pimlico Road SW1W 8NEIMG_5390-2-2Percy & Founders – All-day British-European restaurant, bar and lounge with a polished, art-filled space. Located in a new development at the top of Berners Street in London’s Fitzrovia. Part of the Thomas Cubitt Group. 1 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF

The Phoenix – Just off King’s Road serving seasonal, update of a traditional pub with a menu of modern British and European food. 23 Smith St, London, chelsea SW3 4EE

The Pig’s Ear – An award-winning popular gastropub just off King’s Road dishing up English/French brasserie-style bar food, with an oak-panelled upstairs dining room. Dogs downstairs only. 35 Old Church St, Chelsea, London SW3 5BS

Prince Albert – a Geronimo Inns gastro pub situated just across Battersea Park, decked out in rustic finery with stripped wooden floors and open fire, for real ales and an eclectic menu.  85 Albert Bridge Rd, London SW11 4PF

Princess Victoria – A grand British pub with walled courtyard herb garden and traditional British menu. We went there one year for Burns Night. 217 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 9DH

Spaniards Inn – Along Spaniards Road (NW3 7JJ) just on the edge of Hampstead Heath is Spaniards Inn, one of London’s oldest pubs. An oak-panelled atmospheric pub, said to have been built in 1585. It also has great literary heritage. It has been mentioned in Charles Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers And Keats supposedly wrote “Ode to a Nightingale” in the gardens.

The Alfred Tennyson, formerly known as The Pantechnicon Rooms has been re-named, the gastro pub offers a warm, rustic and comfortable interior with a delightful seasonal British menu. Located in Belgravia. 10 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LA

Scandinavian (1)

The Harcourt – Scandi pub-restaurant for cross-Nordic fine-dining in the Swedish neighbourhood of Marylebone – with the Swedish Church across the road and the embassy around the corner. A five-storey Georgian townhouse, besides the bar area, there are private dining rooms. 32 Harcourt St, Marylebone, London W1H 4HX

Seafood (4)

Assunta Madre – Italian fish dishes are the focus of this cream-and-wood dining room modelled on the Roman original. Quite a formal restaurant – must let them know if you’re bringing a dog – preferably not large and must be quiet! 9-10 Blenheim Street, Mayfair, London.

Bibendum Oyster Bar – Elegant, airy French seafood bistro with art deco tiled mosaics, for oysters, seafood and champagne. Many memories of this place – very convenient for after shopping at Conran’s. Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, London SW3 6RD

Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House Borough Market-  The original of the Wright Brothers restaurants in Borough Market. A seafood restaurant with a small dining room made up of a long oyster bar and high tables. There’s outside seating and we are also allowed inside the front part of the room. And we sat at the bar which was perfect – too high for Darcy to have a peek at what  was ordered. 11 Stoney St, London SE1 9AD

Wright Brothers South Kensington – There are about four of them scattered throughout Central London and this one is closest to us. Right by South Kensington tube station, it is an intimate dining room that feels like the bistros of Paris. It is best described as an oyster bar and seafood nook.  Again we are allowed inside and we have only sat at the tables in the front. 56 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW7 3DY

The other two Wright Brothers  in Central London are in Soho (courtyard seating for dogs) and Spitalfields.  There’s also a restaurant in Cornwall.

Spanish (1)
Lurra – A Basque grill in an airy dining room focused on chargrilled fare. We can go back there any time!  9 Seymour Pl, London W1H 5BAIMG_2765Steakhouses (5)
Gaucho Restaurants – There are numerous Gaucho Grills dotted around London but only the one in Hampstead is dog-friendly – on special days. Gaucho Hampstead is well-known amongst many London dog-owners for their Doggy Sundays (the first Sunday of every month) and special doggy events (which we have hosted a couple of times). 64 Heath St, London NW3 1DN

M Restaurants – The original restaurant was in Threadneedle Street where they had doggy Saturdays. It’s near the city and a bit far for us to go to. Since then they had opened up two new restaurants (Grill or Raw), a clubby bar & an attached wine store in Victoria. The menu is high-end steakhouse, mixing beef with fashionable cured-and-pickled small plates.
Dogs are allowed on regular days but you need to alert the staff when booking and to be seated accordingly.

M Victoria Street Restaurant is located at Cardinal Place, 74 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 6SQ

M Threadneedle Street is located at 2-3, Threadneedle walk, 60 Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8HP

Maze Grill Park Walk – Gordon Ramsay’s polished restaurant for steak, sushi and modern grill fare with Asian influences. One of their two Maze Grills that are dog friendly – this and the one at Royal Hospital Road. 11 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJIMG_7366Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road – Gordon Ramsay’s laid-back bistro, serving traditional comfort food in a room with multi-hued walls. This is the second dog-friendly restaurant. 79 Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4AN

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