After a long hard week working all hours, you deserve some much needed r&r.
Research commissioned by DogBuddy learnt that over twenty percent of UK dog owners leave their beloved pooch at home due to work commitments. This makes the weekends particularly sacred for time spent with your four-legged friend; and in this urban jungle, what better place to be with your dog than in the greenery of one of London’s finest parks?
Although there are many dog-friendly cafés, pubs and restaurants in London, surprisingly, not all parks are dog-friendly. We caught up with our friends over at DogBuddy to get the scoop on the best place for weekend walks with a dog. Here’s their run-down of their 5 favourite pawesome dog-friendly parks:
1. Central London: Hyde Park
Opened to the public in 1637, this is the largest of the seven Royal Parks that are all connected to each other. Famous for it’s Speaker’s Corner, there are plenty of memorials and sights to visit with your four-legged friend including the Serpentine, Joy of Life Fountain and the Reformers’ Tree. The Serpentine Café also sells excellent cakes and snacks to keep you and your pooch fed and watered for your exploration.
Close Train Stations to Hyde Park
Lancaster Gate: Central Line
Marble Arch: Central Line
Hyde Park Corner: Piccadilly Line
Knightsbridge: Piccadilly Line
2. South West London: Richmond Park
The largest of the eight Royal Parks in London, Richmond is the biggest enclosed space to walk your dog. Your dog can really run-around like crazy here while you take in the panoramic views at King Henry’s Mound (you can even see St Paul’s towards the East!). Known for it’s vast amounts of different wildlife, make sure you watch out for the herds of Fallow and Red Deer for your dog’s safety.
Close Train Stations to Richmond Park
Richmond Station: National Rail or London Underground District Line (then catch the 371 or 65 bus to the pedestrian gate at Petersham)
3. North London: Hampstead Heath
This North London dog walking mecca is known as ‘the wildest of London’s parks’ due to it’s endless fields of long grass. There’s a great pond for your pooch to have a swim in and plenty of dog-friendly pubs dotted around the edges. Don’t forget to walk up to Parliament Hill where you’ll find some of the most stunning views of London City.
Close Train Stations to Hampstead Heath
Golders Green Tube Station, Hampstead Tube Station, Kentish Town Tube Station are all on the Northern Line (London Underground)
4. East London: Abney Park, Stoke Newington
Naturally overgrown with all sorts of weird and wonderful shrubbery, this beautiful Victorian park hides a secret abandoned chapel in the center of the park. The memorials and tombstones are beautiful yet eerie, so this really is the place for a chilly, Autumnal dog walk. Don’t forget to take your camera with you though because your four-legged friend will have so much fun hiding in the undergrowth.
Close Train Stations to Abney Park
Stoke Newington BR is 200 metres from the Park entrance.
5. Central London: Kensington Gardens
This beautiful park is simply drenched in history; from it serving as the original hunting ground of Henry VIII, to the installation of Princess Diana’s Playground. It may be an oldie, but it’s a goodie! To ensure the wildlife isn’t damaged there are some areas where your pooch must be kept on a lead, so look out for the signs. Everywhere else is completely free for roaming, although be aware of the cyclists cutting across the park.
Close Train Stations to Kensington Gardens
Lancaster Gate and Queensway: both on the Central Line
Bayswater: District Line
High Street Kensington: Circle and District lines
So there you have it – the 5 most dog-friendly parks in London. Need tips on keeping your house clean with your four-legged friend after that epic park walk? Fear not, we have just written a blog over on the DogBuddy blog on the very thing. Check it out here!
What are your favourite parks to take your dog too? Let us know in the comments below!