The spending money for our day out was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own
Where I go, my dog goes.
Since Loki joined our family a few months ago we’ve been having a great time finding all the best dog friendly places to hang out in London. There are loads of cool cafes, shops and pubs that welcome pups all over the city and we were thrilled when we were asked asked us to check out where to hang out with canine companions around London Bridge.
The most obvious place to visit around London Bridge is Borough Market, but heads up it isn’t dog friendly (with the exception of guide dogs). We decided instead to head down when the market is closed on a Sunday and explore what else is on offer in the area, and it was well worth thinking outside the box! We found some real gems, and plenty more places that we’re planning to head back to very soon!
5 Park St, SE1 9AB
Just off Borough Market is Aesop, one of my favourite shops in London. I love Aesop’s products, and because Loki has been a bit stinky recently I figured it was about time we pick him up some of their lovely doggie shampoo for his next bath, he probably won’t appreciate it but he will smell lovely. The shop itself is lovely and welcomes canine companions with a scratch behind the ear while the assistants offer humans fab skincare advice. Nothing is too much bother, without there being too much fuss.
4 Park Street, SE1 9AB
I was so gutted we didn’t manage to try this ice cream because I have it on good authority it is epic, but unfortunately the queue was pretty long and Loki wasn’t up for waiting! The café itself welcomes dogs and their humans and offers a quieter alternative to some of the busier spots in the area (vital if you have a little dog who likes to get all up in everyone’s business).
72082 St Thomas St, SE1 3QU
I love all the open air spots that are popping up across the city, and Vinegar Yard is my latest find. Sitting in the sun, sipping a G+T from the Tanqueray Gin Bar while Loki sniffed around was bliss and it was so lovely when the staff brought him over his own bowl of water and took the time to give him huge fusses (his favourite thing ever). The great thing about spots like this is there’s always loads of choice when it comes to food and drink, and we opted for Nanny Bill’s amazing Mac and Cheese Croquets (I have a big thing for croquets right now) which were delicious, followed by Secret Nick’s Frozen Custard, which was thoroughly tested by Loki! Browsing the vintage market was a great way to occupy Loki when he got a bit wiggly, and although I didn’t buy anything I did spot Knembroidery’s cool embroidery which I’ll definitely be investigating further.
Dog Friendly Pubs
Because the weather was so beautiful when we visited London Bridge we didn’t end up visiting any of the pubs in the area, but there are a few that I know are dog friendly and we’re looking forward to trying in the Autumn….watch this space for reviews!
*Thanks to Hotels.com for making this fun day out happen. As always, all opinions are my own.