You’re never far from a pub in North London and many of the area’s best boozers are dog-friendly pubs, which is even more cause for raising a glass in celebration. In our guide we walk you through the streets, canals and parks of North London to find where pooches can expect a warm welcome, a bowl of water and a few free doggy treats (the best kind).
1. The Narrow Boat
The Narrow Boat is a hidden gem, tucked away from the hustle and bustle and attractively situated on Regent’s Canal in Islington. The pub is completely dog-friendly, supplying water bowls and dog treats so that while you’re grabbing your lunch, your pup can have his. You’ll see many of the locals playing a board game while waiting for food with a dog or two at their feet so there’s plenty of opportunity to make friends. On sunny afternoons, head outside to the terrace and your pet will have the perfect guard dog spot over the walkway below. A great place to fill up on one of the meanest Sunday lunches in Islington after a relaxing dog walk along the canal.
2. Bald Faced Stag
Punters and their furry companions are always welcomed at
the Bald Faced Stag. As a dog-friendly pub, they love to see your dog pop in for a visit and always have a water bowl at the ready. While you scoff one of their famous Yorkshire puddings, you’ll often see the staff popping to the kitchen to slice up some carrot sticks for your dog. As well as enjoying a meal together inside, you’ll love the tree-shaded patio garden for a dog-nap in the sun. At weekends, the outside area is humming with live music. The Bald Faced Stag is one of the only pubs in North London to also have a car park, which is a great bonus for tired pups and their owners. If you want to build up an appetite, Muswell Hill Playing Fields and Alexandra Park are your nearest green belts, both around a 30-minute walk or 10-minute drive away.
3. The Wenlock Arms
If your dog likes his dinner by the fire, check out The Wenlock Arms in North London. Situated on an unremarkable backstreet between the Hackney and Islington borders, this old pub has a community feel welcoming locals, workers, golden oldies, dogs, puppies and more. The open fire is not the only attraction either; dog-friendly details include water bowls, a special area inside for you and your dog and outside benches which are a great spot despite getting a little busy in peak periods. For hounds who love their history, The Wenlock Arms is one of the only buildings in the area that outlived the Blitz, as many of the locals will tell you. As you exit the pub and walk further up Wenlock Road and you’ll reach Shepherdess Walk Park, the perfect frisbee-throwing spot for a post-lunch frolic.
4. The Albion
Hidden away in a beautiful spot of London, The Albion is a go-to dog-friendly pub for North Londoners. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to relax in the simple company of your dog, or for a session with a large group, this traditional London pub has you covered. There’s space inside to sit at the bar, plus a glorious garden with the prettiest canopy of flowers. The Albion does get busy, so booking is recommended and if you let them know your pooch is coming they’ll get a water bowl ready. The staff love their animals, so you’ll find your dog being properly spoilt with attention and treats during a visit. Owners can enjoy an old-fashioned Sunday roast with a drool-worthy Yorkshire pudding and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a visit from the pub’s mascot dog Hendricks. This pretty Puggle loves a scrap from your plate and she even has her own Twitter account. Once you’re full on The Albion’s finest gastro-grub, you’re within sniffing distance of Lonsdale Square Garden and the bigger Barnard Park.
5. The Alma
The Alma has long been a favourite with locals and their four-legged friends. A movie-themed pub set in the heart of the local community of N1, this pub is a great spot to enjoy a hearty British lunch (with a twist) alongside friends and their dogs. The Alma does get busy so it’s worth calling ahead, particularly if you want enough space for a larger dog to relax in. Once inside, dogs are welcome and offered water bowls, while you chow down on a delicious pizza from their wood-fire oven. Then there’s the cute beer garden, perfect for a spot in the sun. Your pooch will love making friends with Buster, the resident Cocker Spaniel, who has been living in The Alma since 2015, and is a huge fan of kids and people alike. When you’ve finished basking in the Hollywood glamour walk five minutes to Newington Green. You’re also 10 minutes from the green and leafy New River Walk, if your dog fancies a dip.
Whether you’re a N-postcode resident or just visiting, there are plenty of plots for you and your dog to enjoy a fantastic day out. Bask in the sun, relax over the river or slurp your supper by the fire – the only trouble may be getting your dog to come home again after. Let us know your thoughts on these dog-friendly haunts in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.
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