Easily accessible via its namesake tube station and various others nearby, you can also get to Covent Garden from Charing Cross for any ‘overlanders’. Alternatively, meander in after a leisurely stroll along the Southbank and across the Waterloo Bridge. Take Fetch & Follow’s lead with our recommended Covent Garden dog-friendly places.
The name 'Abuelo' means 'grandfather' in Spanish and relates to theme of 'family and home', so a warm, homely vibe is what you and your dog can expect at this Australian meet South American coffee house and kitchen. Satisfying both savoury and sweet teeth, Abuelo serves speciality coffee, organic food, all-day brunch and in-house bakes. Head over to their @Abuelocoffeelondon Instagram for a visual feast of what lies in-store and expect to spot a few dogs on there too.
Abuelo, 26 Southampton St, Covent Garden, WC2E 7RS.
Open daily from 8am, closing times vary.
Marquess of Anglesey
One of Covent Garden’s most historic pubs, this is great spot to enjoy a drink and traditional pub fare. For a more upscale dog-friendly experience, the Lady Charlotte bar serves cocktails on the first-floor. Popular with both local workers, tourists and pleasure seekers, get there before rush hour to find a comfy spot for you and your dog. If your dog is okay with the noise, they also show lots of major sporting events if you need to keep up with the scores on a shopping Saturday.
Marquess of Anglesey, 39 Bow St, WC2E 7AU.
Open Mon to Fri from 11am, from noon on Sundays, closing times vary.
With a welcome to dogs and a wide choice of healthy food to carry you through your day, this is a fast-food café chain we can get behind. This area’s outpost is located on Shaftesbury Avenue on the edge of the Seven Dial’s area of Covent Garden and serves nutritious hot boxes, wraps, salads and soups for lunch. However, with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, kick start yours with eggs made-to-order, with at least seven toppings to choose from, and ground-to-order fresh juices and smoothies. With WIFI and plug sockets, it's also handy to do a bit of work on the go without worrying about what to do with the dog.
Pure, 151 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8AL.
Open Mon to Fri from 7.30am to 8pm
St Martins Lane Hotel Restaurant
Sometimes it’s nice to luxe it up, so do it in style with your faithful friend by your side at St Martin’s Lane Hotel. Combining flavours from East and West, head there for brunch, lunch or dinner, or skip the food entirely and sample the hotel’s extensive cocktail menu. For something sweet, they also do afternoon tea or wait until later to tuck into their Sundown Cocktail Tea, which adds a flight of tea-infused cocktails to the experience. Make a night of it with an overnight stay – just be sure your dog meets their size restriction policy.
St Martins Lane Hotel, 45 St Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross, WC2N 4HX
The central London outpost of Richmond institution Petersham Nurseries, this lifestyle destination includes two restaurants, a deli, a florist, a shop and a wine cellar. Open for lunch and dinner, menus are based on the slow food philosophy of good, clean and fair ingredients, and are made from the finest seasonal produce with Italian flavours. With organic meats and plenty of seasonal veg, it's also a great spot to enjoy a hearty Sunday roast. Dogs are allowed to dine with you but you must call ahead to tell them your party includes a canine companion.
There’s a couple of entrances but make for Petersham Nurseries, Floral Court, WC2E 9FB, as your first port of call.
In between eating and drinking with your dog, there are several shops in this glorious part of London who will welcome your visit including:
Shop at Bluebird
King’s Road treasure trove now has a branch in Covent Garden, housed inside a beautiful coach house off pretty Floral Street. Discover their Fashion Illustration Gallery and Avery Perfume Gallery, alongside gorgeous pieces for you and your home from around the world. Find them at Carriage Hall, 29 Floral Street. WC2E 9DP
This is a hip market-style store with lifestyle essentials for men, women, children and the home, focussed on products that are sustainable, durable and responsibly sourced. They also have a café, which opens earlier than the store from 8am which allows dogs! Visit at 27-29 Long Acre, WC2E 9LA
Head here for wardrobe essentials and style staples with a contemporary twist, inspired by art and design. We love COS for their edgy coats, jumpers, hats and scarfs that will rival your Fetch & Follow dog in the style stakes when stepping out for your daily walk. Find them over the road from Arket at 130-131 Long Acre, WC2E 9AA
Malin and Goetz
We've been firm friends with this international apothecary and perfumery for a few years, hosting regular events in their London stores, so we can personally vouch for their love of dogs. As well as stocking up for your own grooming needs, treat your furry friend to their seriously brilliant dog shampoo or one of our collaboration gift boxes. They always have dog treats and a water bowl available too. Go say hi at 6 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9HB
At the time of writing, all of these venues are dog-friendly but if dining, we always recommend calling ahead to check. Enjoy your dog-friendly visit to Covent Garden and tell us where else you have found @Fetchandfollow.