If you didn’t know better, you’d think living in London would make it difficult to keep pets - but you’d be wrong! The Big Smoke is known for its parks and green spaces, features a good selection of dog-friendly restaurants and has excellent pet-friendly accommodation for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy.
Here are some of the best pet-friendly restaurants and parks to explore in and around our lovely West London apartments. And when it comes to pet-friendly accommodation, you need look no further! We welcome residents with pets.
Is London pet-friendly?
Before we get into our list of the best pet-friendly restaurants and parks in West London, it’s worth covering some general furry facts about the city.
After all, you don’t want to move your pet into a place that isn’t friendly and accommodating. Luckily, you have nothing to worry about: London more than meets the mark as a great city to live in with your pets.
Firstly, it has a huge number of parks and green spaces - some of which we’ll highlight later on.
Secondly, it has a lot of vets, grooming shops and daycare centres, as well as lots of pet-sitters and walkers.
And there’s good news when it comes to staying home and getting around, too. While not all rentals in the city are pet-friendly, many - like our apartments! - are accommodating. Not only that, most animals are welcome across London’s public transport network.
This goes without saying you’ll need to use common sense, though - while you’ll have no problem taking your dog on the tube, you might struggle to get a horse on board.
The best pet-friendly restaurants in West London
Los Mochis, Notting Hill
A favourite hotspot for the rich and famous, Notting Hill’s Los Mochis is by far the fanciest pet-friendly restaurant on our list.
It serves up a unique fusion of Mexican and Japanese cuisine, with everything from traditional sushi to cod tempura corn tortillas.
And in case all that weren’t enough, there’s also a great cocktail bar upstairs.
The Hawk’s Nest, Shepherd’s Bush
An outdoor bar-restaurant located in Shepherd’s Bush market, The Hawk’s Nest is a great spot for everything from sourdough pizza to arancini bites and more. It also hosts events, including acoustic music on Wednesdays and a quiz on Tuesdays, as well as a monthly doggy day out.
And, although The Hawk's Nest is in an open-air market, there’s no need to worry about your four-legged friend getting cold and wet in the winter months. The restaurant has a lovely covered and heated garden, so you can curl up and enjoy the food whatever the weather.
Outsider Tart, Hammersmith
For those with a sweet tooth, Outsider Tart in Hammersmith is the perfect pet-friendly place to stop in for a spot of afternoon tea.
Inspired by American sweet treats, this bakery sells everything from sumptuous slices of cake to crumbly cookies and thick and gooey brownies. And, even better, it’s all baked fresh onsite.
The best parks for pets in West London
Chiswick House and Gardens
Chiswick House and Gardens has multiple wide-open spaces to run around in, as well as woodland areas and waterfalls - you don’t even need to visit the gorgeous stately home that gives it its name to have a good time there.
Note that, while dogs aren’t allowed inside the Gardens’ cafe, it does sell dog treats, so your canine companion will have no trouble finding something to refuel with.
200 acres of green space, a variety of winding paths and unique attractions including a bandstand and a pagoda all combine to make Battersea Park one of the city’s best places to walk and explore.
There’s also a dog-friendly open-air eatery - Pear Tree Cafe - so you and your pet will be able to sit down and rest.
The largest site of Special Scientific Interest in London, as well as a European Special Area of Conservation, Richmond Park is home to a huge variety of wildlife, from plants and insects to birds and even deer.
This means you’ll have to be careful when walking your dog there - but don’t worry! Pets are welcome, though there is a requirement to keep them on lead during the birthing season, which runs from 1 May to 31 July. There are also some areas where lead use is encouraged all year round.
For the most part, though, you and your pets are free to explore the park’s stunning 2,500 acres - more than enough space to wear out even the most hyperactive of pets.
We hope this list of places to see, eat and explore with your four-legged friends has inspired you. London is a great place to own an animal, with a range of pet-friendly restaurants and activities, as well as facilities for dog-grooming, daycare and more.
With all this on offer, there’s no reason for animal lovers not to check out our wonderful Wembley Park apartments. Our homes are all pet-friendly - making it even easier to love where you live.