As we all know, and are probably counting down to, the long Easter weekend is quickly approaching. This is usually one of the rare times that people get to spend with their families and of course, this includes our dogs. Well, with this in mind I wanted to share with you some of the brilliant London locations that my dog, Louis and I have visited recently.
On my last trip into the city I stayed overnight in order to make some early morning meetings. In an effort to squeeze in some family time, my wife and the pup came along too.
Dog Friendly Hotels
The hotel we stayed at was the Mondrain, which was fantastic. The staff at the hotel were amazing. They all gave Louis plenty of attention, even upgrading us to a room with a balcony, ensuring Louis’ comfort as well as ours. The hotel was so well accommodating that Louis and my wife were able to stay there throughout the morning with no trouble at all.
Going down to London on the Thursday night, I had a meeting with office provider Landmark on the Friday morning. I chose the Mondrain for two reasons. One, due to its close proximity to the Royal Exchange where Landmark have beautiful office space and hence where our meeting was. The other reason was that co-working specialists WeWork also have some very creative spaces within the Sea Containers building that houses the Mondrain.
Accessing the Royal Exchange by taxi was so straight forward that I decided to walk back to the hotel across the Millennium Bridge and along the river. This offers a beautiful scenic walk and is a view that is presented to those dining in or outside at the Sea Containers restaurant.
The Resident Dog
At this point I think it is also worth mentioning another hotel that I have stayed at where Louis and I were warmly welcomed. The Rosewood in Holborn are lovers of our four-legged friends and actually have their own resident dog, a Golden Retriever named Pearl.
This hotel is home to Scarfs, a very nice cocktail bar that allows dogs before 6pm. What’s more, the lobby café that serves delicious cakes and teas welcomes dogs at any time. At the moment they also have a superb winter lodge in their courtyard, sponsored by gin brand Monkey 47, that is perfect for taking a tipple in the company of your pet.
This hotel would make ideal accommodation for dog lovers visiting clients within The Space’s Holborn office. The dog friendly office provider are just a short walk from the Roeswood. With treats in reception and dog basket on the roof terrace, it’ll be hard to get your four-legged friend out once they’re in!
A Dog Friendly Breakfast Spot
So, back to my most recent trip to London. For breakfast we went to Hush off Brook Street in Mayfair, part of the Mayfair mews. Here they have ‘one of the best outdoor dining spaces in London,’ and they were more than happy to have Louis.
A Dog Friendly Lunch Spot
Then, for lunch we went to the Green Room which is part of the National Theatre site near to Waterloo. Louis was well looked after here with water and a dog biscuit while we didn’t do too badly either. I highly recommend the desserts!
Close to the Green Room one of our design led office providers, The Boutique Workplace Company, have some spectacular space. They also allow dogs within their centres including the beautiful new Notcutt House and St. Thomas Street. Anyone looking for dog friendly places to work within this area will not be let down by these locations.
Louis’ Journey to/from the City
It’s not just establishments that we found welcomed Louis either. Virgin Trains were fantastic with him, even supplying dog bowls at Euston. This is perfect for those who regularly travel into London and do not want to leave their best friend at home. Clients of members within The Office Group’s (TOG) King’s Cross centre for example. Just a short walk from Euston, TOGs trendy King’s Cross office is awaiting the energy of a happy, furry face.
All in all, London is very dog friendly. Having a pooch with you while walking around even seems to discourage the usual behaviour of avoiding conversation at all costs; people actually talk to you! It’s a great way to see the sights and almost all black cabs allow dogs too. Hopefully, this has given you some ideas for you and pup to have an eventful Easter weekend, enjoy.
In the words of Chris Meredith.