If you fancy a trip to the city there is no need to leave your dog at home. There’s plenty to choose from in terms of dog-friendly accommodation and dogs are welcome at many locations - and a large number of attractions, restaurants and cafés are dog friendly!
Dogs are welcome to travel in London cabs, buses and on the London Underground. Regulations for the latter state that owners must carry their dog on escalators. If this is not appropriate for you, some stations have stairs and many have lifts*.
You and your dog can board one of the hundreds of London Transport buses to get about town. Once on board, keep your dog under control on a lead and don't allow him on a seat. On rare occasions, a driver may refuse access, for example if he or she thinks a dog seems dangerous.
*Check out the Transport for London website (see the link below) where you'll find information to help you plan your journey on trains and buses.
Dogs are welcome in most of London’s parks and green spaces providing they are well-behaved and owners clean up after them. That said, there are also plenty of opportunities for you to allow your dog freedom off the lead too. For example, Paddington Recreation Ground is a particularly dog friendly park. Situated between St John’s Wood and Notting Hill, it has three dog-only areas, some wooded areas and dogs are allowed off the lead in the main park. There’s even a special section where dogs are welcome in the café.
Alternatively, you could go on a walk to take in views of central London from the park at dog friendly Primrose Hill and spot the seven English Heritage Plaques in the area.
London has eight dog friendly Royal Parks with immaculately tended lawns, lakes and leisure facilities, and they all make provision for dogs. St James’s Park is in the very heart of London, close to Buckingham Palace, and has a lake with ducks, geese and pelicans. The Mall, the setting for many ceremonial parades and events, runs alongside it. During the spring and summer you and your dog can watch the changing of the guard in the open area in front of Buckingham Palace at 11.30am each morning.
Richmond Park, stretching across 2,500 acres, is London’s largest Royal Park with a pastoral landscape of hills and woodlands with ancient trees and around 650 deer, perfect for good long dog walks away from the bustle of the busy streets. Further out of the city, just north of Hampton Court Palace, is dog friendly Bushy Park. It has a rural character and, like Richmond, has free-roaming deer.
English Heritage welcomes dogs (on leads) to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens at properties Chiswick House, Kenwood House in Hampstead, Ranger’s House (gardens) London in Blackheath, and Marble Hill House by the river at Richmond. Check out the websites for more information.