If you love to involve your dog in many activities, but you are starting to feel bored about doing the usual things, this is for you. In this post you will find dog-friendly London inspiration for 7 original and unsual things to do with your dog in town, many of which also happen to be free! Reviewed and tested for you with the help of Argo The Londog! This post will be updated adding even more experiences.
Things to do in London with your dog
#1. Visit a Dog-Friendly City Farm
Surrey Docks City Farm
When you walk into Surrey Docks City Farm it is like entering another dimension, and if it wasn’t for Canary Wharf’s skyscrapers standing out in the background, you would say you were in the country side or in one of Beatrix Potter’s books. The farm is dog-friendly, so you can bring along your well-behaved pooch and have a tour to see the farm animals. Also a great occasion to have a tea or a slice of cake at dog-friendly Piccalilli Cafe on the farm grounds or visit their lovely shop (full review coming soon on the blog).
Where: Surrey Docks City Farm (Rotherhithe-Surrey Quays – 18 mins walk from Surrey Quays Overground station)
Mudchute Farm: Meet alpacas, sheep, cows, pigs, goats, hens and other small animals at Mudchute Farm (there are over 100 of them at the farm!). You can also stop by with your dog for having brunch at the dog-friendly Mudchute Kitchen, right next to the Equestrian Centre, and you can even enter a competition to make your dog the pet of the month. On the grounds dogs are required to be on leash, but there is a very large fenced area that dog owners normally use to give their dogs some good off-leash runs. A little paradise in the heart of Isle of Dogs!
Where: Surrey Docks City Farm (Rotherhithe-Surrey Quays – 18 mins walk from Surrey Quays Overground station), Mudchute Farm (Isle of Dogs – few mins walk from Mudchute DLR station)
#2. Bring your Doggie to a Dog Beach in London
Wait for the sun to be out and pretend to be in another country at Ruislip Lido’s doggie beach without leaving London. The water may not resemble the colour of the tropical beaches of your screensaver, but your dog will have a blast and make many new dog friends! Bring a towel for you and one for your dog, you will need it!
Where: Ruislip Lido, dog beach (from Ruislip station – Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines – take bus H13 to Ruislip Lido)
More about it: Things to Do(g): Visiting a Dog Beach in London
#3. Take your Dog to a Dog-Friendly Cinema Screening
Dog-friendly cinema screenings have become a must for London dogs! They are a regular appointment at Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly, with a show for canines every six weeks, but also other venues have started offering special dog-friendly cinema screenings (you can find the next listed in the Dog Events Calendar). Good news is that there are also some always-dog-friendly outdoor cinemas you can take your pup to: all about them in our guide to dog-friendly cinemas in London.
#4. Enter a Fun Dog Show or Another Dog Event
Did you know that there are fun dog shows and other dog themed and dog-friendly events taking place in every part of London every week? Chiswick House Dog Show, Pup Aid, Halloween Dog Walk and Show, Canary Woof, only some of the most famous ones. Check all upcoming dog events near you in the Dog Events Calendar. Still unsure about which one to choose? Have a flick through our reviews of past dog events to find your favourite.
Weekly dog events round-up posts are published weekly on The Londog Facebook page and included in our weekly newsletter
#5. Try a Dog Agility Trail at the Park
Fancy giving your pup a go at agility obstacles but you’re not able to committ to a course? Don’t worry: there are 6 public dog agility trails in London parks you can take advantage of.
Do you live in East London? Then visit Mile End Park’s agility course. Are you based in West London? Check out Chase Lane shiny Bark Park. Is North London the place where you walk your dog? Then you can’t miss Higham Hill Recreation Ground dog exercise area with its newly installed equipment, or you can the (more basic) metal jumps and weave poles in Angel at Barnard Park or venture up North East to Lee Valley Park. Finally, if you are in South London, this means you can discover Geraldine Harmsworth Park’s dog agility trail.
Where: London: Mile End Park – Chase Lane Bark Park – Higham Hill Recreation Ground – Barnard Park – South London’s Geraldine Harmsworth Park – Lee Valley Park
Further info: (Public) Dog Agility Trails of London
#6. Join a Dog Sport Club or Course in London
Fancy starting agility, flyball, canicross, transfor your dog in the best tricks performer, go to doga (dog yoga) classes, or a dog-friendly fitness course? Yes you can. London may not offer exactly all the dog sports you can find in the rest of the country, but there is a wide list to choose from. We collected them all in a handy guide here. If you prefer to go jogging with your dog, you can also get involved and raise money for charity by participating in the Muddy Dog Challenge, in aid of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, or in one of the Woof Dog Cancer UK events.
Find your dog sport/dog-friendly activity: How to find a dog sport club or course in London
#7. Join a Breed-Specific Meet Up or Event
In 2017 London saw a rise in the number of pug events, with the pop-up Pug Cafe’ coming to town, as well as the lovely Pug & Pals dog cafe in Brick Lane, and a Pug Party going full on with games at Elmtree. But the sausage dogs are heading 2018 with walks all over London! While the Dachshund Cafe’ has not yet reached town, there was the great Sausage Walk London joined by some 1,000 sausage dogs in Greenwich, back in March 2018, aside from the sausage dogs Hyde Park monthly meetup, more are to come, like the Sausage Dog Parade to celebrate Smithfield Market’s 150.
Do you own a Whippet? Join the Whippet Up and the Whippet Out Walthamstow for some serious zoomies in North London. If Bulldogs are your life, then the massive Bulldog meetup hosted monthly in Central London is your must thing to do. And just French Bulldogs pacifically invade Victoria Park and Battersea Park for regular meet-ups too. A big favourite of ours? The Beagle Bonanza, organised at Elmtree Canine Country Club near Crews Hill, enclosed woodland area, games and a pack of howling hounds! Non of these breeds is yours? You can still find many more (and one good place where to start is Meetup.com).
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#8. Go for a ride at Ruislip Lido Railway
One of our favourite dog-friendly activites in London has been riding the Ruislip Lido Railway. You can combine this with the Ruislip Lido doggie beach too. In the Summer it gets very packed and dogs may be refused on board, so we would recommend one some start of end of the season date, maybe going there early for the first ride and avoid the crowds. You can read all about the experience and what you need to know in this post.
#9. Take your dog for a “dogtail” at Smith & Whistle in Mayfair
From April 2018, Smith & Whistle started a canine alternative for cocktails… This is all about “dogtails” at Smith & Whistle.
#10. Visit Tower Bridge Exhibition and walk on the glass floor
A great one to bring your dog to, provided it is not a too crowded or too hot day (it gets quite warm up there). We casually discovered that Tower Bridge Exhibition was dog-friendly when chatting with the security at The Monument and soon paid it a visit. You can read all about visiting Tower Bridge Exhibition and walking on the glass floor here.
#11. Escape the heat at a dog pond
Find your closest one in our guide about London dog ponds.
#12. Go to the Brunel Museum, take a boat tour and enjoy the Midnight Apothecary
Boat tour, dog-friendly Brunel Museum and Midnight Apothecary: the perfect plan for an alternative dog day out.
#13. Enjoy a dog-friendly rooftop
This Summer find your favourite dog-friendly rooftop.
#14. Sail on a dog-friendly rowing boat
Get your friends or family to join and go on a sailing adventure on a dog-friendly rowing boat at Hollow Ponds, in East London.
#15. Have a ride on Emirates Air Line cable car
Pefect for an unusual evening, get your dog on board of the Emirates Air Line cable car. You can find all about it and some inspiration for a complete dog-friendly plan in the area this blog post.
#16. Sail on the Regent’s Canal on a dog-friendly electric boat
If you don’t fancy rowing, hiring an electric dog-friendly boat and saling on the Regent’s Canal, from Paddington to Little Venice up and then on to Camden Lock, is a great adventure.
#17. Get to a dog-friendly immersive experience at The Murdér Express
“The Murdér Express”, by Funicular Productions, is an immersive experience combining an acting performance and dining on board of a fictional train, hosted their first special dog-friendly show on Sunday 12th August 2018. All about the canine premiere in this post. More are to come, dates to be confirmed (will be added to the Dog Events Calendar on the blog).
#18. Take your dog to a night out at a rooftop (silent) cinema
Enjoy Summer nights from May to end of September and take your dog to the Rooftop Film Club at Bussey Building in Peckham, South London. Beautiful sunsets and views over London’s skyline, old and new films, in a silent cinema. All in our review.
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