Exploring Dog Friendly Richmond
South West London is famously very dog friendly and Richmond Upon Thames is at the very heart of that part of London. Archie spent the day exploring Richmond and found some great places to visit with your pooch.
Start your day with a walk in Richmond Park, then from Richmond Gate, head down Richmond Hill and get a coffee and pastry from Luna di Luca deli.
The deli is packed full of Italian delights for you to take home or you can sit on their tables outside and enjoy your breakfast. Their restaurant opposite is also dog friendly inside and out. You might even be lucky enough to bump into my pal Pretzel but if not you can read his full review of Luna di Luca here.
If a plant based diet is more your thing, then you have to try The Retreat Kitchen which is at the bottom of Richmond Hill.
This cafe serves vegan breakfast and lunch all of which is made on site. You can also pick up some vegan cakes and pastries.
The cafe is small but welcomes all size of dogs and also has a few tables outside.
Read Archie's full review of The Retreat Kitchen here.
After breakfast explore the town itself, if you are there on a Saturday stop off at the Duck Pond Market to see some lovely little businesses selling their wares. Richmond has lots of interesting little alleyways, which are worth exploring. Most of these lead onto Richmond Green which is a great place for a picnic or to just sit and relax for a while.
Down one of the streets leading to the green you will find Pets Company where you can pick up some treats and down another you will find the fantastic 1a Duke Street, where you can get a delicious lunch either in the light and spacious restaurant or on their terrace. They also serve breakfast and dinner.
Read Archie's full review of 1a Duke Street here.
Richmond Riverside is a great place for a stroll and leads to one of Archie's favourite places - Gaucho, whose Richmond restaurant is dog friendly all day, every day.
After getting your fill of delicious steak, the terrace there is the perfect spot for watching the sun set over the Thames with glass of red in your hand!
Read Archie's review of Gaucho Richmond here.
When you've finished exploring Richmond, head back up the hill and stop off at The Marlborough. From the front the pub looks small but, as all small dogs will tell you, looks can be deceiving. Once inside, the pub opens up into a large space and at the rear is a huge garden. Humans can expect food that is typical to most Young's pubs and doggies have their own self-service station for water and treats.
Read Archie's review of The Marlborough here.