Pet-Friendly London: Parks and Apartment

London Eye on Westminster Abbey

London Eye looking onto Houses of Parliament

London is one of the world's most visited cities and with the recent changes in DEFRA's PETS policy, I expect that many more doggie travelers will be visiting there.  This is our pick for favorite spots and activities with dogs in London.

Greenwich Park and Views

 Greenwich Park

Views from Greenwich Park

Greenwich, famous for Greenwich Mean Time, is a green suburb of London proper and a great place to stay with dogs because of the abundant greenspace.  Greenwich Park is a particularly charming location with huge green expanses near the Greenwich Maritime Museum

Abby at Greenwich Park Chewy at Greenwich Park
Chewy at Greenwich Park Views from Greenwich Park
Views of London from Greenwich Park Views of London from Greenwich Park
                                                          Views from Greenwich Park (and Abby searching for squirrels)

The fantastic views are only part of the attraction because, at times, it seems like every dog in London ends up at Greenwich Park.  On Christmas Day, in particular, we noticed tons of doggies hanging out with their parents at the park.  Despite the large number of dogs, there's an equally large number of squirrels and Abby had a complete blast hunting for squirrels at the park.

Green Chain Walk

Green Chain Park

Entrance to one section of the Green Chain Walk

If you've only ever seen gray and gloomy pictures of London, you might be in for a bit of a (good) shock when you arrive because London is one of the greenest cities we've ever seen.

Green Chain Walk

Abby running at the Green Chain Park

Green Chain Park Abby at Green Chain Walk
Abby at the Green Chain Network Abby Green Chain Walk
                                                                             Abby playing at one segment of the Green Chain

In Southeast London, the city has connected a network of parks and greenspace together to develop almost 50 miles of green walking space!  We spent a lot of time wandering through the parks that make up the Green Chain and loved having this bit of countryside freshness in the midst of one of the world's largest cities.

 

 

Harrod's Pet Kingdom

Harrod's Pet Kingdom

Harrod's Canine bakery

Harrod's Pet Kingdom

                                                                                                                      Harrod's Pet Kingdom

If you're visiting London, then you must visit Harrod's for its gorgeous window displays.  And, if you have a dog, then you must step up to the Pet Kingdom.  Home to a fantastic canine bakery, dog groomer, and dog daycare, Harrod's is also home to some of the most luxurious pet accessories we've ever seen.

Harrod's Pet Kingdom

Harrod's Pet Kingdom

Harrod's leashes Harrod's pet boutique
Harrod's doggie Christmas pudding Doggie Christmas Crackers

 Harrod's Pet Kingdom

We found $1,000 pet collars and leashes studded with Swarovski crystals, "Chewnel" and "Gucchewi" pet toys, and dog Christmas puddings to go along with the luxurious Christmas pudding we bought for ourselves.  Though it wouldn't be feasible to bring big dogs into Harrod's, you could definitely carry a small dog in.

Our London Apartment

London apartment 

London apartment London apartment
London apartment London apartment

 Greenwich apartment

We stayed in a lovely, large apartment for a month in Greenwich, a five minute walk from the Green Chain Walk, and about 45 minutes into central London.  The house was impeccably clean and beautifully organized, with tons of information about traveling and seeing sights in London.  In addition, it had a great backyard for the dogs and our host Krista was very gracious and helpful whenever we needed.  Though it is a bit of a trek into central London, it's a great base for a few weeks or a month.

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03/21/2012 10:17
Roo
You found lots of great places to visit in London! Dawg would I like to go shopping at Harrod's! I'll chat with Mom about it after she recovers from her feint...something about $1000 collars ;)

Talk about a view! Luv the bubble eye of London! :D

Cool adventures y'all. Thanks so much for sharing!

Waggin at ya,
Roo
03/25/2012 14:23
Aw thank you Roo! Harrod's is so much fun for dogs (and people too). :)
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I love that England has now changed it pet entry requirements, what a blessing for all of us that are pet owners, who love to travel. You found some great spots for the dogs. It looks like fun.
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Lisa, England's new laws have made things so much easier for people who want to travel with their pets. And it makes sense because most countries don't have high incidences of rabies anyway. London's a great place to bring pets and we felt very fortunate to spend so much time there!
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