3 Dog-Friendly Bookshops in London

How many times have you had to try and figure out if you could bring along your dog in that shop you wanted to visit? And maybe tried to ring them up without any luck and ended up leaving your dog at home? If you love books, your life will now be a bit easier with this little guide about dog-friendly bookshops in London! Three bookstores that, hopefully, will be able to satisfy any desire of yours!

So next time you want to go and buy that book, guide or map, you won’t need to worry about leaving your furry-friend behind!

#1. Foyles

To go to for: English books of any genre, music CDs
Where: 107 Charing Cross Road, Soho, WC2H 0DT
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30am-9.00pm | Sun 11.30am-6pm

One of the dog-friendly bookstores I love to visit with Argo is Foyles. Foyles’ store clerks are true dog lovers and always give Argo a lot of cuddles. During our visits we almost inevitably end up wondering around the dog books section on the second floor… Argo too wants to be updated!

Apart from the dog and animal section, it is a book paradise, with such a great variety of books from any genres.

Argo at Foyle’s music department. “Shall we go for Mozart today?”

#2. Stanfords

To go to for: Maps, atlases, travel guides, travel books
Where: 12-14 Long Acre, Covent Garden, WC2E 9LP
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm | Sun 11.30am-6pm

If you like to travel, I bet you are already a regular at Stanfords’, the London bookshop specialised in maps, travel books and accessories based in Covent Garden.

What you might not be aware of is that you can bring along your dog. When I first contacted them to ask whether dogs were allowed in the store, they gave me this hilarious answer “Yes, we allow dogs as long as you take a picture of them on our map floor”. I thought it was a joke, but actually it wasn’t!

Dogs visiting the store are kindly asked to take a picture against the store’s map floors! You can choose among a London city map in the basement, the world map on the ground floor and the ocean’s map on the first one! How could you not fall in love with the place?!

#3. The European Bookshop and The Italian Bookshop

To go to for: European languages books (Italian, French, German, Spanish and many more), book presentations
Where: 123 Gloucester Road, Kensington, SW7 4TE
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30-6.30pm | Sat 10-6.30pm | Sun 12-5pm
 

London is a melting pot of cultures. Either if you fancy learning a new language or you miss reading in your mothertongue, you cannot miss The European Bookshop and The Italian Bookshop, which share a store in Gloucester Road (they were previously in Soho)! And – good news – you can also bring your dog with you.

At The Italian Bookshop, lovely booksellers Ornella and Renata have a true and incredible passion for books and their job, which is something that you will usually only find in independent bookshops like theirs. They are always generous with book suggestions, in case you need any. The Italian Bookshop also hosts unmissable book presentations with famous Italian writers. Aside from this, they love dogs. Every time I pop there without Argo Renata asks about him. Argo, from his side, always makes a big fuss when he meets her!

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