Can you enjoy London with your pet?
The Europeans love their pets, and in few places is this more evident than London, where it’s not only estimated that 30% of households have pets, but also where man’s best friend can choose from a mind-boggling array of products and services. Talk about pampered pets! Now, can you really enjoy London with your pet? Is it possible to experience everything our capital has to offer when accompanied by a four-legged friend?
If you’re planning to enjoy London with your pet, here is the Central London Apartments guide to getting the most of out of London, whether you’re on four legs or two.
In 2015, Brits spent an estimated £4.6bn on their pets and if you’re looking for an excuse to coddle your Cockerpoo or spoil your Siamese, check out the coolest, cutest and craziest ways you can indulge your best friend while away from home.
But, some basics first, if you’re arriving from outside the UK, has your pet got its passport?
You can only enter the UK with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it has a pet passport or third-country official veterinary certificate, has been microchipped and vaccinated against rabies – it will also need a blood test if you’re travelling from an ‘unlisted country’
Assuming you’ve successfully arrived on British soil welcome to London!
On public transport
You can take a maximum of two dogs per passenger on trains, as long as you make sure they are in a carrier or on a lead and don’t take up a seat.
On the tube, it’s fine but dogs must be carried on escalators. In taxis, assistance dogs must be permitted, but it’s at the driver’s discretion as to whether pets are allowed.
If you’re looking for somewhere to treat yourself and your pet, look no further than Milestone House Apartments – a beautiful property in Kensington which offers a five star pet service, tailormade welcome hampers, pet beds, cushions duvets and floor mats and a dedicated pet concierge to cater to your pet’s every whim. They also offer birthday celebrations, bathrobes, special menus, toys, dog sitting and walking (book in advance).
And if your pet is in need of a wash and brush up, a hop across to Chelsea will take you to the Pet Spa, the final word in luxury beauty for your pet.
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Once your pet is feeling sufficiently rested, why not hit the shops. Many of our favourite high-end stores welcome dogs, including Liberty, The Apple store, Burberry, Fenwick and Selfridges but stores do change their policies and it will be dependent on the size and temperament of the dog, so it’s best to check on arrival or before visiting.
You will be spoiled for choice for the range of products on offer. Your dog can travel in style in this water resistant Louis Vuitton pet carrier, with a breathable mesh window, so your pet can enjoy the sights while travelling in style.
An incredible 47% of London is green space and there are many places where your dog can run off the lead, play ball and make friends.
Our favourite spots include:
Alexandra Palace and park nestled in the trendy enclave between Muswell Hill and Wood Green, Ally Pally has woodland, open grassland and a lake, enjoys great views of the city from the magnificent Victorian Palace, which itself is a slice of London history. Pay it a visit, you won’t regret it.
Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY Tube: Wood Green Railway: Alexandra Palace Rail Bus: W3 or Shuttle Bus Sat Nav: N22 7AY
Victoria Park, Bow, East London: London’s oldest public park was crowned the nation’s favourite in the People’s Choice Award 2015 and here your dog can frolic in the grass or enjoy a dip in the ponds and canals. And for the two-legged visitors, open air concerts and a variety of events are held here throughout the year.
Grove Road, Bow, London E3 5TB Nearest underground station: Mile End Nearest rail stations: Cambridge Heath/Hackney Wick station
After all that exercise, Cheval Three Quays pet-friendly riverside apartments and penthouses are perfect.
With comfy beds, water bowls, mineral water and treats, your pet will want for nothing. There are plenty of local gardens for walks and games and, each month, one lucky friend is named #ChevalPetPinup and receives a framed photo of themselves on the front desk.
And if your pet has got a taste of the high life? Pretty Pet offers an incredible range of beds, sofas, harnesses and bags: the last word in pet style.
Time for some food?
There are plenty of pet friendly restaurants in London, summarised here and here. Our personal favourite though is Shake Shack in Covent Garden. The ‘Woof’ menu features the house speciality “Pooch-ini”, an indulgent sundae of Red Velvet dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard. We are drooling already.
And just down the road in Holborn, you can stay at Citadines, where you can take up to two dogs.
The friendly staff at Citadines will provide information about local dog walks and dog-friendly restaurants; baskets and blankets can also be hired for a small extra charge.
So there you have it. Everything you ever wanted to know about how to enjoy London with your pet. We would love to see pictures of you and your pet enjoying London, tag Central London Apartments on Instagram and Facebook and share your special London moments with us!