London is a city that loves its dogs. From the tiny Chihuahuas peeking out of designer handbags to the massive Mastiffs taking their owners for a leisurely stroll, canines of all shapes and sizes are a common sight on the streets of London.
And it’s not just Londoners who love their dogs – tourists are often seen taking pictures with furry friends, and even police officers have been known to stop and chat with canine companions.
In a city that can sometimes feel rushed and impersonal, dogs provide a welcome dose of friendliness and warmth. They remind us that, despite our differences, we are all ultimately members of the same community. London may be a busy metropolis, but it’s also a city full of love – and that includes love for our four-legged friends.
Owning a dog in London comes with its challenges. The busy streets and crowded Tube can be daunting for even the most well-behaved pup. That’s why Londoners have to be extra careful when it comes to their furry friends. But it’s all worth it when you see the joy a dog can bring to your life. Whether it’s taking them for a walk in one of London’s many parks or just cuddling up on the sofa, dogs provide us with companionship, loyalty and love. So if you’re thinking of getting a dog, London is the perfect place to do it.
London is a great place to walk your dog, with plenty of green spaces and parks to explore. Here are a few of the best routes to take in the capital with your four-legged friend.
Walking your dog in London
There are so many different parks and green spaces to explore, and most of them are very well-stocked with dog bins. Hyde Park is one of the most popular spots for Londoners and their dogs. The vast park has plenty of space for running around, as well as a number of lakes where your pooch can cool off on a hot day. Regent’s Park is another excellent option, with its scenic gardens and tranquil atmosphere.
If you’re looking for something a little different, why not try Primrose Hill? From the top of this hill, you and your dog can enjoy stunning views across London. Battersea Park is a particular favourite with dog owners, as it has a large off-leash area where dogs can run free.
Richmond Park is another popular spot, as it’s one of the largest parks in London and has plenty of open space for dogs to explore. Just make sure your dog is on a lead so you don’t have the same problem as Fenton’s owner:
For something a bit different, you could try walking along the towpath of one of London’s canals. The Canal & River Trust have created a handy map of all the dog-friendly routes, so you can pick one that’s perfect for you and your furry friend.
Dog-Friendly Guided Walks in London
Whist we like to say that all of our guided walks in London are dog friendly, we do suggest owners consider how their dog/s will behave on a guided walk, in a group of strangers in an urban environment. It’s worth considering those attending the walk who may not like dogs, yes, even yours. Also, a guided walk in Soho on a Sunday morning may be less savoury due to the remnants from activities of the previous night. Would you want to walk around bare foot?
The best guided walks for dogs are:
Clapham Common – an uncommon Common
Regent’s Canal – Angel to Hackney
River Thames walk – Blackfriars to Tower of London
So, next time you’re feeling stuck for ideas on what to do with your dog, why not head out for a walk and explore all that London has to offer?