London's best green spaces for that perfect dog walk and where to stop off for refreshments.
Did you know London is one of the greenest cities in Europe? With 3,000 parks of varying sizes designated by the boroughs as ‘public open space’, London is a green city. Together they cover almost 18% of London which is more than the area of the city covered by railways and roads combined.
This is great news for four legged adventurers as you could try a new place to walk every day for just over 8 years!!
We haven't managed to try all 3,000 yet but here are some of our favourites and of course, the all important dog friendly places nearby to stop off an refuel.
Let's start with what is probably the best know of our London parks - Hyde Park.
This Royal Park covers 350 acres and has features such as Diana Memorial Fountain, Kensington Palace, the Serpentine River and Albert Memorial.
The park borders the areas of Bayswater, Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Kensington so there is no shortage of great places to stop off nearby.
Leave the park at the Bayswater side and it's a short hop to The Porchester. This spacious pub is the perfect place for humans and pooches to stop and refuel after big walkies. Their Sunday roast is a must and if you're a really good pooch, they will make a special one for you too.
Let's head to South West London and our closest park. Richmond Park is the largest of London's Royal Parks at a whopping 2500 acres. It supports a host of rare species and is home to thousands of trees.
The park is most famous for the wild deer who inhabit it and gained world fame thanks to the Fenton viral video.
The park borders Richmond, Kingston, Sheen and Putney, all with plenty of dog friendly options.
If you leave the park at Richmond Gate you will find The Lass O'Richmond Hill just around the corner. This Young's pub is the perfect place to stop off for lunch after walkies, it's bigger than it looks from the front and has terrace at the back. It even has one of those rare things for a London pub - a car park!!
Over in the south east, you will find the magnificent Greenwich Park.
This is a park that is rich in heritage and has something for everyone. There is plenty of space for picnics, lots of trees providing shade and some fantastic views! From the top, you can see all across London.
Obviously great views come at a price and there is a steep walk to the top of the park but at least there is a step free route.
The park is also home to The National Maritime Museum, The Royal Observatory and The Old Royal Naval College.
Nearby you can also see the Cutty Sark and enjoy Greenwich Market.
Within the park, attached to the Old Royal Naval College is Young's pub The Old Brewery.
As the name suggests, this used to be the Greenwich Meantime brewery and you will still find the original brewing tanks in the dining room.
This is a large pub with dining room, bar area and a HUGE garden!
Humans can enjoy decent pub classics and they also have a burger shack.