Gaucho Doggy Sunday Brunch
Gaucho Hampstead brings fine Argentinian dining to a leafy neighbourhood location. On the first Sunday of every month, they throw open the doors to pets as well. The three-course prix fixe menu for owners includes a cocktail or glass of champagne and all treats for dogs are complimentary. Your pooch can expect a downsized continuation of the Argentinian style in the pet nutritionist-approved concoctions; consider the water bowl bottomless, and just to go the extra mile, Gaucho will throw in a goody bag to take home as well.
Contrary to the implication of the store’s anthropocentric moniker, canine visitors are treated with high regard in this chic American import. Anthropologie provides water bowls and dog treats to pacify impatient mutts as owners peruse rails of the latest fashions. The store boasts three central London locations, all of which are compliant with a global store policy of pet-friendly practice. Amongst their offering of clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor, it seems barking mad that products aren’t pitched at pets, but if you’ve already treated your loved one at The Pet Spa, perhaps that’s a blessing…
Duck & Rice
This swish dim sum spot does away with the tired myth that dogs are welcome in Asian restaurants only as ingredients. Alan Yau’s establishment is a polished pub conversion with magnetic appeal to the well-heeled Soho brunch crowd. Setting it apart from other Chinese competitors, dogs are welcome in the bar area and both water and treats are provided free of charge. Online reviews praise staff for generous fussing. Add an impeccable array of oriental bites, and a few pints of unpasteurised Pilsner from an imposing cluster of copper tanks and you might be tempted to stay all day.
Tips for your trip:
Pet parents needn’t patrol the streets endlessly in search of parking – YourParkingSpace lists affordable parking spaces to book online in advance, because your dog hates circling the block in search of a convenient spot just as much as you.
Download the Refill app or check www.tapwater.org to locate free tap water points across London. When the sun shines, a thirsty pet can drain your wallet fast if you constantly purchase plastic bottles.
Don’t try to run before you’ve even started walkies. If you’re reading this wistfully thinking about adopting your own pooch, why not borrow one with BorrowMyDoggy? Make sure to get permission from the owner before you take your canine companion on any adventures.
Have you ever taken your dog to London? Please share your favourite dog-friendly places in the comments below.