From Hammersmith to Kensington and Notting Hill to Shepherd’s Bush, West London is a haven of dog-friendly drinking holes where you and your dog can find refreshment. The area’s home to some of the best dog-friendly pubs in London, so read on to find out which ones made it on to our list.
Address & Map: 55 The Grove, W5 5DX
The Kings Arms is very much a family pub that welcomes furry members as warmly as human ones. It’s known as one of London’s “best kept secrets” for dog lovers and owners alike. Jump off the tube at Ealing Broadway and head into the pub where you’ll be greeted by Freddie the resident pub dog, as well as a few other furry locals. While your dog makes friends, you can grab a beer or wine from the bar and settle down for a cosy afternoon in front of the real log fire. Entertainment is plentiful here, with live music, quiz nights and even “Crufts” competitions where you and your best friend can join in. The menu is Thai cuisine with a few British classics thrown in, and an obligatory Sunday roast where all of the trimmings (and scraps) make for a tasty meal. Afterwards take a walk to Walpole Park, a lovely green area which is just a few minutes’ stroll away.
Address & Map: 297 Northfield Avenue, W5 4XB
The Plough Inn has the holy trinity (in our opinion) of good London-pub details: it’s dog-friendly, family-friendly, and has delectable food to boot. Add an enviable list of craft beers, real ales, and over 100 spirits and you can see why this is labelled as the place to eat and drink in West London. Head in with furry friends in tow, where you’ll be greeted by the friendly staff members. They’ll happily accommodate your every need, whether it’s a specific table in a quieter corner or a meeting with Mimi, the resident Plough dog. There’s a spacious garden with a play area for dogs who love the great outdoors, just make sure you keep them on a lead. Food involves British-sourced produce and there are a plethora of menus to choose from, boasting main meals like corn-fed chicken, fish pie and cider-steamed mussels.
3. The Grange
Address & Map: 1 Warwick Road, W5 3XH
The Grange pub is within strolling distance of Ealing Common, the perfect place for a post-walkies drink and bite to eat. Once you’ve finished wandering, take your dog in where he’ll be sure to receive a warm welcome. Dog parents can be assured of water bowls, free doggy treats and even a scrap or two from the lovely staff. While your dog enjoys himself in doggy heaven, you can tuck into fresh food like baked camembert, roast beef, and sticky toffee pudding. Aside from the great seasonal, food, there’s plenty of community events on and lots of conversation to keep you occupied. For your dog, there are plenty of new friends to meet, competing for a place in The Grange’s Facebook gallery. Space-wise,dogs can snuggle up with you on one of the seats inside the bar, or out in the heated Secret Garden or Summer House.
Address & Map: 11-13 Thames Road, W4 3PL
Overlooking the Thames is riverside pub The Bell and Crown. This dog-friendly haunt serves fresh food and real ales—the perfect refreshment after a long walk along the river. Dogs are treated like esteemed guests, and plied with water and dog treats on arrival. The staff are so welcoming in fact, that locals report they can’t walk past without their dogs attempting to get inside. Owners can eat inside with their dogs, or outside in the shaded patio area. There are quiet areas for more discerning dogs to relax in, and the staff will always find a table where even the largest hound can fit comfortably. All they ask is that dogs are kept on a lead and that they keep their teeth to themselves while visiting. Humans are spoiled too of course, with meals like beef and fried chicken burgers, fresh Rigatoni pasta, and chickpea and red lentil curry. When you’re full, you only need cross the water to play a game of catch at Kew Green.
5. The Mitre
Stop at Lancaster Gate and you’re perfectly positioned between long walks in Hyde Park and a supper with your dog by your side in The Mitre. This super-friendly pub welcomes hounds from all walks of life with a message on its outdoor chalkboard and dog trivia shared on their Facebook page. Water bowls and petting are always on offer from the dog-crazed staff. Try out their famous pork belly crackling under high, spacious ceilings that’ll make you and your dog feel like lords and ladies, or head outside to the huge garden where there’s plenty of room for dogs to stretch their legs. According to the locals, excellent dog hospitality means your dog will be breaking down the door to get in.
6. The Blue Anchor
Address & Map: 13 Lower Mall, W6 9DJ
Dogs and their humans are welcomed with open arms at The Blue Anchor. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a drink after a long walk along the Thames. Dogs are welcomed inside, where tasty treats are always waiting, or if the weather’s nice, grab a spot among the beautiful flower planters where there’s plenty for you both to watch and smell. The upstairs ‘River Room’ is a particular hotspot, where you can wile away the time people-watching over Hammersmith bridge. If you need an excuse to stay longer, ask the friendly staff about the pub’s 18th-century history.
Address & Map: 227 King St, W6 9JT
If you’re looking for a pedigree pub to spend an afternoon at with your dog, head to The Hampshire Hog. Dogs are allowed to explore anywhere they like so you can drop by the pantry for some homemade tasty treats, prop up at the stylish bar or head outside. The huge garden demands a game of fetch of two and if the night gets chilly, you can grab a blanket for you and your dog to snuggle up in. For hipster hounds, this spot definitely has a young and trendy feel about it, despite its English country house theme. Your only complaint may be that dogs get served their water bowls here before the people do.
Address & Map: 57 Aldensley Rd, W6 0DL
It’s a true dog-loving team who run the The Andover Arms in Hammersmith. Expect to arrive to the warmest welcome from staff who really know their stuff—a particular win for any dogs experiencing their first pub visit. There’s a great community of doggy clients large and small and even the odd guide dog. Doggy treats and water bowls are enthusiastically provided and you’ll see many pub goers with their dogs settled happily by their side in front of the fire. There’s no garden here, so head for a nice long walk in Ravenscourt Park beforehand—it’s only a 10-minute stroll away. Humans can enjoy a generously portioned lunch and there’s always a few roast dinner scraps to be had for well-behaved dogs.
Address & Map: 119 Kensington Church St, W8 7LN
At the flower-bedecked Churchill Arms you can check out Churchill memorabilia alongside some of West London’s most cultured canines and their owners. Dogs are allowed inside at the bar and also within their Thai restaurant while you enjoy a delicious Pad Siew. There are a lot of locals here who are happy to chat away and even if you don’t bring your own, there’s always a dog to pet. Water bowls are available on request. Best of all, Churchill Arms is slap bang between Kensington Gardens and Notting Hill; both of which are great hotspots for a Sunday afternoon dog walk.
These fantastic pubs are guaranteed to welcome four-legged patrons, but if you’re heading somewhere that isn’t dog-friendly or can’t take your dog with you for whatever reason, you’ll be able to find great local dog lovers who provide dog boarding in London on Rover.com. So if you fancy heading out you can book a dog sitter who’d love to spend some quality time with your furry special someone.