When I first moved to London from the continent, I was very impressed by the fact that, in most parks, dogs could run off-leash. That is great if you have a very-well-trained and obedient dog. But what if your dog is not yet there (because maybe has a high drive, a bad recall, does not get along well with other dogs), or simply the park overlooks busy roads and you don’t want to take any risks?
Having a dog with a high drive myself (despite our continuous training), I could not trust Argo off-leash in open parks. So I began looking for enclosed dog exercise areas and mapping them out. I will tell you more about it in this blog post!
This post will be updated adding each new dog area review I publish on the blog. To keep up to date I also advise you to follow The Londog on Facebook, to be alerted when a new review is live.
Mapping out London dog exercise areas
The first thing I found when I started looking for enclosed dog areas, was a Facebook page listing fenced dog areas across the UK. Unfortunately, the map was not comprehensive and no entries were shown for the London area.
So I decided to develop my own research project.
Mapping out London dog exercise areas took quite a long time. When I commenced, over a year ago, I thought that the job would have been quite straightforward. My expectations suddenly changed when I initiated my first online searches. For many Boroughs, official information was not available online, in other cases I soon noticed that it was out of date, so I could not rely on what I found. Other online sources were scattered, incomplete and completely unsatisfactory.
So I structured my research plan in three phases:
1. Information collection
First of all, I collected all information I could retrieve both online and from pleople I knew, and I then contacted each London Borough to confirm the existence and location of any enclosed dog areas.
2. Field work
In the second phase I personally went and visited each dog area I had on my list, in order to check that the information was accurate, add more details, and take pictures. Until today, I visited over 35 dog areas all around London and counting.
Of course Argo has been very enthusiastic about this project, having accompanied me to most of the dog exercise areas I have visited! He plays The Londog’s official dog areas tester and every time he has a blast!
Finding a close by dog exercise area
REVIEWS. Starting from December 2016, I will share with you my reviews of the dog parks in a chosen area, providing you with all the useful information for you to assess whether they are worth paying a visit with your dog. You can find a list on the reviews published so far BELOW in this post. I hope that this will help all dog owners that do not feel confident in leaving their dogs off-leash in open areas and make their lives easier!
I am always very glad to hear about your own experience and any comments you may have! So feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch at hello(at)thelondog.com!
Update (3/1/2018): DEDICATED FACEBOOK GROUP. From today you can also like The Londog on Facebook and join the dedicated London Enclosed Dog Parks Facebook group to keep up to date with our reviews about fully enclosed dog parks in London, changes that may occurr to the dog areas, ongoing consultations and become part of a community! You will also have the chance to join some doggie play dates and lobby for the creation of new fenced dog parks!
Dog Exercise Areas in London
Map of the enclosed dog parks
*(Update: 6/1/2018): MAP: In order to make it easier to locate the nearest enclosed dog area, we have put together a map. Further, under the map you will find a list of the dog parks guides released so far. Marked in the map below you will find the enclosed dog parks of London located so far according to this markers’ system:
- Light blue markers are the ones visited and tested; by clicking on the marker you will find the rating and a link to the relevant review;
- Dark blue markers indicate enclosed areas which have a mixed use (i.e. not specifically for dogs);
- the red markers indicate dog parks which have been removed or we couldn’t find during our visit;
- finally, the yellow markers indicate the areas we still need to check out, but the existence of a dog area was flagged through somebody’s tip or other researches.
List of reviews published so far
West London Dog Areas
19 enclosed dog parks in West London
(added on 19/11/17) Reviews of 19 fenced dog exercise areas in West London [READ MORE]
South Park is a lovely park located off Peterborough Road, in the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, at a convenient distance from Parsons Green [READ MORE]
Hurlingam Park (SW6) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Hurlingam Park is located in Fulham and the nearest tube station is Putney Bridge. It has a large dog area [READ MORE]
South London Dog Areas
South London dog areas reviews
Find out about 12 enclosed dog parks in South London [READ MORE]
East London Dog Areas
NEW! 12 East and North East London dog areas
Reviews of 12 enclosed dog parks in North East London (Ridgeway Park, Aldersbrook Avenue Recreation Ground, Lloyd Park and more), as well as in East London. [READ MORE]
Sir John McDougalls Gardens (E14) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
If you walk around Canary Wharf and you are looking for a fenced dog park, you can find and enjoy a dog exercise area in Sir John McDougalls Gardens [READ MORE]
Higham Hill Recreation Ground (E17) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Higham Hill Recreation Ground, which is located in Waltham Forest, hosts a humongous and well mantained dog exercise area [READ MORE]
North London Dog Areas
Camden Square Gardens (NW1) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Camden Square Gardens host a 1,811 square meters large well maintained dog exercise area. [READ MORE]
Judd Street Open Space (WC1H) ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Judd Street Open Space hosts a 690 square meters enclosed dog exercise area [READ MORE]
Kilburn Grange Park (NW6) ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
The dog exercise area of Kilburn Grange Park develops in lenght and measures 823 square meters [READ MORE]
Purchese Street Open Space (NW1) ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Purchese Street Open Space’s dog exercise area appeared one of the worst maintained we have visited [READ MORE]
Central London Dog Areas
4 Central London dog exercise areas
Reviews of 4 fully enclosed dog parks in Central London [READ MORE]