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Believe in Richmond

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

Dog friendly Richmond. This leafy borough in South West London loves dogs as much as they love Ted Lasso!

South West London is famously very dog friendly and Richmond Upon Thames is at the very heart of that part of London.

As the name suggests, it benefits from being on the Thames which offers some great riverside walks and stunning views.

It is also home to some great places for you to dine with your pooch.

The riverside locale not only provides scenic strolls but also opens up opportunities for dog walkers to turn their love for dogs into a fulfilling profession.

Let's start right on the river (literally) with the stunning Peggy Jean Green.

Aboard this fabulously instagrammable converted longboat you can enjoy an Aussie inspired brunch, lunch or dinner while dogs get beds, special homemade biscuits and doggie Lamingtons.

Where: Peggy Jean Green The Boat, Bridge Boat House, Riverside, Richmond TW9 1TH

One place our noses always take us to is 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!

Where: Gaucho The Towpath, Riverside, Richmond TW10 6UJ

If you're looking for a great boozer by the river, then look no further than The White Cross which has held its position by the Thames since 1780.

The pub is large inside and on multiple levels, it had a fabulous terrace overlooking the river which has some cover. There are treats for pooches on the bar and water is provided.

The human food is a step above pub grub, especially the seafood which was so exceptional we thought we were by the sea not the Thames!

Where: The White Cross, Riverside House, Water Ln, Richmond TW9 1NR

A ball's throw from Richmond Green you will find another great Young's pub, The Old Ship.

The pub has a bar area and small rear garden on the ground floor then upstairs there is a restaurant and event space.

The menu is full of great pub classics with some seasonal additions and pooches receive a warm welcome with treats on the bar for us.

Where: The Old Ship, 3 King St, Richmond TW9 1ND

Our favourite dog friendly bakery Ole & Steen can be found in Richmond too.

Their cinnamon social is a must try for everyone and they love to feature their four legged visitors on their Instagram feed so make sure you're ready to pose!

Where: Ole & Steen, 59 George St, London TW9 1HE

After a run on the green, head down past the Richmond Theatre towards Kew and you will discover The Shaftesbury.

The pub has had a recent refurb and is plenty spacious inside with a small but adequate garden at the rear.

Pooches will discover their own doggy corner with bowls and treats.

Where: The Shaftesbury, 121-123 Kew Rd, Richmond TW9 2PN

When you've finished exploring the river and the green, head 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.

Where: The Marlborough, 46 Friars Stile Rd, Richmond TW10 6NQ

If you fancy exploring Richmond park then you will find The Lass O' Richmond Hill (affectionately known by locals as the Lass) a few yards from Richmond Gate.

This is another pub that appears unassuming from the front but is bigger than it looks and has a lovely terrace at the back.

The Lass also has a rare London pub feature - a car park!!

Where: The Lass, Surrey, 8 Queen's Rd, Richmond TW10 6JJ

It always gives us great joy when we discover a hidden gem and The Mitre is one of those.

This back street boozer between Richmond and Sheen has a cosy welcome for everyone and is just what most people are looking for in a local pub.

Resident cocker spaniel Rudi is always there to greet everyone with a wagging tail and the menu named in his honour offers the humans authentic stone baked pizza to rival any you will have in Naples!

Where: The Mitre, 20 St Mary's Grove, Richmond TW9 1UY

Richmond Green London

It's worth exploring 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 WufWuf where you can pick up some treats.

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We had a glorious stroll along the river

then a bite to eat at Poor Boy in Kingston 

and Home Sweet Home for afternoon siesta Hxx

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