Celebrate the season with these 10 festive dog-friendly winter pop-ups. From four-legged film screenings and doggy theatre to delicious dogs’ dinners, afternoon tea and even a black-tie evening, London’s gone mutts this winter.
1. Doggy Brunch
At M Victoria, there’s a brunch menu catered just for canines. The ‘6 Legs Brunch Menu’ (£35) includes a two course brunch for both you and your dog, with bacon and peanut butter waffles and Sautéed Chicken Liver & Steak Salad for you, and bacon & peanut butter cookies and dried chicken livers for your furry companion. Weekends 11am – 4pm. Executive Chef Michael Reid also hosts a ‘cook for your dog masterclass’ on the first Saturday of each month. To book a place at the masterclass email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Pup Cinema
Take your hairier half to the Picturehouse Central cinema on Sunday 10th December for the 11:45 screening of Paddington 2. The cinema has pooch-friendly screenings that run every six weeks, allowing pet lovers to bring their four legged pals. They will be handing out doggy snacks, and blankets will be provided too – so you can have your dog sitting on the seat the next to you.
3. Dog Afternoon Tea
For pups who like it posh, treat them to The Egerton House Hotel‘s Doggy Afternoon Tea (£18). Pups can tuck into some chicken and beef meatloaf, homemade doggy biscuits and doggylicious ice cream, plus a chew toy to take home, while you savour homemade cakes (from cherry bakewells tocoffee and walnut, Victoria sponge sandwiches, lemon drizzle cake and strawberry trifle), freshly made sandwiches and freshly home-baked plain and fruit scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and selection of preserves.
4. Santa Paws Christmas Market
On Sunday 26th November there’s a Christmas market for dogs and their owners from 11 – 4pm at Netil Market, E8 3EL. Curated by London dog lifestyle brand Fetch & Follow, The Santa Paws Christmas market helps to raise funds for local charity All Dogs Matter. Devoted humans and dog lovers can shop more than 15 brands, purveying stylish and on-trend dog accessories from collars and leads to jackets and coats and treat bags, artisan dog treats (anyone for doggy peanut butter?), and unique human gifts with designs that pay homage to our four-legged friends. Leading pet photographer Rachel Oates will also be on hand to take Christmas family portraits with the ‘the dog’ in a pop up studio complete with fun festive props. Look out for artisanal pet treats (including Spinach Biscuits and Doggy Carrot Cake and even cupcakes), beautifully designed hound and human homewares, limited-edition pet art and fun dog toys with a foodie themed twist.
5. Connaught village market
On Thursday 23 November Connaught Village will be holding a dog-friendly Christmas Shopping Evening from 3-8pm with lots of dog-friendly activities and music throughout the village’s 45 shops and restaurants, close to Hyde Park. The Hyde Park Veterinary Centre will offer fee mini woofins (muffins) for dogs and pup-friendly Pawsecco wine. They will also have a pet photographer with lighting and a Christmas back drop so that people can have their photo taken with their pets and have a copy emailed to them free of charge. There’ll also be carol singing, a free workshop festive floral headband making, and complimentary in-store Prosecco and mulled wine.
6. Dog theatre
Not only can you take your dog to the theatre, but they can run off the lead and enjoy doggie treats and ‘The Dog’s Bollo*cks’ alcohol-free doggy beer (made from barley, beef and kale) at The London Theatre. Tickets are only £2 (which goes to The Doodle Trust), but places are limited at just 20 spots so book ahead.
7. Dog show
Show off your prized companion at a dog show or just come and watch and enjoy the fun dog-filled chaos. At The Mercer Walk dog show in Covent Garden (Saturday 25th November) there will be specialist dog stalls, more treats than you can shake a tail at and plenty of photo opportunities on their podium, plus a celebrity guest judge to help award the finest on four legs that London has to offer, with titles including ‘Smallest Dog with the Biggest Attitude’ and ‘Best Dressed’ up for grabs! Oh, and it’s free to attend! There’s also a dog show on the following day (Sunday 26th November) at the Primrose Hill Christmas Festival, where you’ll also find street food pop ups, rides, market stalls, mulled wine, live bands and Christmas choirs. There are five prize categories; Best Puppy (12 weeks – 1 year) at 13:10, Prettiest Bitch (13:30), Most Handsome Male (14:00), Best Rescue (14:20), and Best in Show (14:40).
8. Doggy Lunch Date
Take your dog out for lunch at Goucho’s Doggy Sunday on 3rd December. Table bookings are taken in your dog’s name and on the day a canine red carpet is rolled out to welcome all the pooches. Once inside, a special personalised doggy bowl and lots of delicious home-made treats await your dogs approval. It wouldn’t be Argentinian without empanadas (small traditional pastries), so Beef or Chicken canine versions will of course be on offer for your pooch to sample. There’s space for up to 40 dogs so book ahead.
9. Black Tie Evening
Two and four legged diners are invited to The Grand Connaught Rooms for Mayhew’s Tinsel & Tails black tie evening on 5th December from 7pm-11pm. Walk the red carpet with your most loyal companion, then enjoy a fabulous three course meal, entertainment and the chance to win some amazing prizes in their auction and raffle.
Fulham’s popular Neverland beach has frozen over to create an enormous dog-friendly Winterland, complete with snow-covered pine trees, heated lodges and cabins, lit-up igloos with dining tables, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, ping-pong tables and a Prosecco pong cabin, curling lanes, and lots of fur-lined sofas for snuggling in, plus a wide range of street food vendors – including fondue! You can even BYOB and the staff will mix it into ace cocktails. Winterland, open Thursday & Friday 6pm – 11pm, Saturday 12pm – 11pm, Sunday 12pm-7pm.