Pooch perfect: dog-friendly restaurants in Kensington and Chelsea


Fair dos, finding somewhere in London that’ll accommodate your pet dog while you can sup from an excellent menu and sip fine wines from an outstanding drinks list may not sound like the most essential prerequisite of an esteemed restaurant, yet there must be a call for it among dining dog lovers because it appears more and more wining-and-dining establishments are opening their doors not just to human customers – but their pooches. Here are a trio of the best in the hotel San Domenico House vicinity…

Bluebird Café

(350 King’s Road SW3 5UU)

Thoroughly dog-friendly, this place sees any mutt he steps through its doors greeted warmly by staff, complete with a fresh bowl of water (topped up for the entirety of their stay) and a goody bag to munch away on while their human companions dine from a menu comprising healthy weekday breakfasts in the morning and cocktails and bites in the evening and at weekends. Particular favourites include a vegan curry and hot piping butternut squash soup, as well as the superior cocktails that include the ‘Courtyard Party’ (gin, fresh mint, raspberries, lychee juice and sparkling wine) and the irrepressibly popular hot espresso martini. What’s more the wine menu also offers ups a whole roster of whites, reds and Champagnes to choose from. Fantastic!

Maggie Jones’s

(6 Old Court Place W8 4PL)

Not only is this escape from all things Kensington (right in the heart of Kensington, so perfect for 5 star hotels in Knightsbridge) a rustic haven, with its old barn-like theme – featuring baskets everywhere and even a beehive – it’s also heaven for those of a hairy, four-legged variety. That said, space is something of a premium, so only so many dogs will be allowed in at any one time, but all the best night clubs, for instance, operate a one-in-one-out policy, don’t they? For humans, the place’s appeal goes beyond its renaming in the ’70s after the alias often used by a pair of its most loyal customers – Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon. Hugely charismatic and oozing eccentric charm, its appeal is matched by its fine menu of decidedly British fare, including creamed fish pie and terrific bread and butter pudding.

Sketch (Mayfair)

(9 Conduit Street W1S 2XG)

If we’re being honest with ourselves, an 18th Century townhouse that’s home to an old-school-elegant tearoom which then morphs into a delicious cocktail bar come the evening isn’t the most obvious dogs-are-OK venue, but appearances can be deceptive. For, well-behaved canines are apparently more than welcome in sketch’s Parlour room between the hours of 7am and 4pm daily. As for what recommends this place for humankind; well, it’s a fine, age-old popular place for breakfast and brunch, with its exquisite old-world décor and a marvellous menu featuring dishes up by three-Michelin starred chef Pierre Gagnaire (all deep fried eggs with ‘sketchup’ and posh porridge). You definitely won’t be barking up the wrong tree if you visit this establishment!