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Below are five of London’s best dog friendly hotels because while London is home to countless pet friendly hotels, the very best dog friendly hotels in London go the extra mile and make our four-legged best friends feel extra special.

Below, we’ve rounded up our absolute favourite dogfriendly hotels in London Town, which have impressed in terms of dog friendly services, pet menus and pet amenities. So, no matter if you’re looking for a luxury five star hotel in Mayfair, or a quirky hotel in East London – we’ve got you covered.

The Athenaeum: London’s best dog friendly hotel

The Atheneum, which sits in the heart of Mayfair, is a five-star boutique hotel has all the five-star amenities you can expect from any swanky Mayfair property, but with the eclecticism and bespoke personal touch of an independent hotel. We think it is one of the best dog friendly hotels in Mayfair.

The Athenaeum fully understands that dog parents will dote on their four legged friends all year round. Its dog friendly package goes above and beyond, not just offering dog bowls and treats, but even The Athenaeum branded scarves, bow ties, teddies, dog grooming and walking services. They even offer a deep-filled hypoallergenic hollow fibre mattress, and one complimentary dish from the Mink Bar(k) Menu which includes a choice of either Roast Chicken ‘Bones’ or Steak Tartare. We also liked the little touches throughout the room, which included branded trick and treat cards.

TeamCocopup Charlie was welcomed in (almost) all public spaces, except of course, the spa and the main restaurant. However, the hotel lobby offers plenty of ambiance and pet travellers may simply opt to have dinner here instead of the restaurant if they don’t want to leave their pooches in the room. It is undoubtedly one of London’s best dog friendly hotels. Click here for our full review.

Pan Pacific London: London’s best dog friendly hotel

Pan Pacific London brings the unique flavour of Singaporean hospitality to the heart of the City and one of London’s best dog friendly hotels. The hotel towers over One Bishopgate Plaza and is just a hop skip away from Liverpool Street Station and the hipster cool bars and nightclubs of Shoreditch.

The hotel brings together a balanced blend of architecture, contemporary design and cutting-edge technology, alongside boundary-pushing holistic wellbeing. Also offering a varied selection of exciting destination restaurants and bars, Pan Pacific London is the ultimate location for classic yet accessible luxury.

From the moment we set foot in the beautiful lobby – Charlie was treated like a true VIP (Very Important Pooch). The lovely staff at the reception treated him to a banana chewie, AND a French puff pastry.

The 43-storey bronze tower offers 237 rooms which are the picture of elegance and tranquillity. Curved walls and neutral palettes welcome guests into the rooms, whilst custom headboards act as personalised art pieces, adding a layer of calm through the depiction of oak, elder, elm and maple trees.

The Paws and Pan Pacific package gives pampered pooches a true VIP stay as pets can relax and indulge with bespoke massages, reiki healing, puppy yoga and even dog walks and training sessions care of the Concierge. They even have their own breakfast and dinner menu, created by dog behaviourist and nutritionist Anna Webb, which can be served in-room or in Straits Kitchen. Click here for our full review.

Hilton Park Lane: London’s best dog friendly hotel

We recently stayed in one of the newly refurbished rooms at Hilton Park Lane. The hotel started an extensive renovation project in 2020 starting with the executive rooms in the higher floors as well as the lobby, Park Corner Brasserie, Reverie Bar and Grand Ballroom among other public spaces. The style of the refurb is modern and contemporary with playful touches of retro nostalgia.

The service is as you’d expect from any Hilton property. Friendly check-in and even a lovely handwritten note from reception greets you at the room. The rooms are dressed in an elegant, almost coastal chic, colour palette of nudes and blues, with massive windows that maximise the breath-taking views of Hyde Park and the London skyline. The rooms are generously sized and equipped with all the luxury amenities you can think of. Breakfast is served either at the Park Corner Brasserie of the Executive Lounge and we were thoroughly impressed with how the Hilton Park Lane caters to all sorts of dietary requirements too. We especially enjoyed the vegan Danishes on offer at the Executive Lounge.

Hilton Park Lane which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2023, was once the highest hotel in Europe and now offers 454 bedrooms hosting around 20,000 guests per year. The next phase of the renovation will include Galvin at Windows and the 10 Degrees Bar, which will add to the already stellar offer in this historic hotel which is still (in our very humble opinion) reaching new heights and breaking boundaries to this day. Plus, it’s pet-friendly too. Click here for our full review.

Kimpton Fitzroy: London’s best dog friendly hotel

Undoubtedly one of London’s most luxurious addresses, everyone certainly knows about the Kimpton Fitzroy. But did you know that the hotel offers a whole menu of luxury pet pampering services too?

Kimpton Fitzroy teamed up with luxury dog-walking and day-care company The Hound Hut to offer VIP guests (very important pooches) a truly elevated hotel experience. With this, hotel guests can book royal pampering and dog walks around Bloomsbury straight with the hotel’s concierge team. The services include two to three hour walks and even day care services.

We love that there are no size, weight or breed restrictions for pets at the Kimpton Fitzroy – which goes to show how deep their pet-friendly policies go. Plus, TeamCocopup Charlie is allowed in many common areas including the lobby and Burr & Co. These incredible pet-friendly policies can be attributed to the hotel’s adorable Director of Pet Relations Winston, who (if you’re lucky) may be there to welcome you with a paw and tail wag.

We stayed in one of the elegant one bedroom suites, which boasted some incredible park views of Russell Square. The spacious suites feature a separate sitting area, a gorgeous four poster king-sized bed, a beautiful balcony and Nespresso machine and tea facilities. There is also a dog bed, dog bowls and treats for Charlie – which he absolutely adored. Click here for our full review.

Hart Shoreditch: London’s best dog friendly hotel

Part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, Hart Shoreditch London is quite literally in the beating heart of everything and anything in Shoreditch. During London Fashion Week, it was a stone’s throw away from all the major East London venues, it’s also just a quick stroll away from the bars and nightclubs of Shoreditch High Street, Old Street and Great Eastern Street.

Every room in Hart Shoreditch is dog-friendly – which is a bonus for us. We were originally booked into one of the Deluxe suites, but for an easy £40 for our two-night stay. The King Junior Suites are chic, cosy and come with an array of luxury amenities. Comfy bedding, stylish interiors, Norwegian toiletries and of course tea and coffee amenities too. Charlie was greeted with a doggy bowl and doggy bed, and a bag of treats – which he of course, appreciated.

In terms of dog-friendliness, TeamCocopup Charlie is allowed absolutely everywhere. He accompanied us during our meetings at the Mostrador Bar, treated himself to some steak offcuts during our dinner at the restaurant, enjoyed the fresh morning sunlight at breakfast and of course – made plenty of new friends all over the hotel lobby too. In fact, we were so impressed with our stay at Hart Shoreditch, that we did come back, just a week later, turning it into our base for London Fashion Week. For the price, quality, service and location – it is certainly East London’s best dog friendly hotel. Click here for our full review.

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While London is home to countless dog friendly hotels, the very best dog friendly hotels in London go the extra mile and make our four-legged best friends feel extra special. We checked out The Athenaum, which we think is the best dog friendly hotel in Mayfair.

The Atheneum, which sits in the heart of Mayfair, and quite literally next door to Green Park, does exactly that. This five-star boutique hotel has all the five-star amenities you can expect from any swanky Mayfair property, but with the eclecticism and bespoke personal touch of an independent hotel. We think it is one of the best dog friendly hotels in Mayfair, let TeamCocopup Charlie and doting dog mum Hannah Lynn Tan count the reasons why.

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Is The Athenaeum Mayfair’s best dog friendly hotel?

While National Pet Month has come and gone, The Athenaeum fully understands that dog parents will dote on their four legged friends all year round. Its dog friendly package goes above and beyond, not just offering dog bowls and treats, but even The Athenaeum branded scarves, bow ties, teddies, dog grooming and walking services. They even offer a deep-filled hypoallergenic hollow fibre mattress, and one complimentary dish from the Mink Bar(k) Menu which includes a choice of either Roast Chicken ‘Bones’ or Steak Tartare. We also liked the little touches throughout the room, which included branded trick and treat cards.

TeamCocopup Charlie was welcomed in (almost) all public spaces, except of course, the spa and the main restaurant. However, the hotel lobby offers plenty of ambiance and pet travellers may simply opt to have dinner here instead of the restaurant if they don’t want to leave their pooches in the room.

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The dogfriendly rooms in The Athenaeum overlook the lush greenery of Green Park

The rooms themselves were the picture of contemporary cool and feature a calming colour palette of neutrals and greens, reflecting the gorgeous tones of Green Park right outside. Our room, on the seventh floor, also boasted floor-to-ceiling bay windows, maximising the park views. We loved the little touches like the ‘Jolly Resident’ cocktail making kit and recipe card, which was a fun way to enjoy an aperitif from the comfort of your own room.

Downstairs in the basement is the small but very functional spa. As we discovered, The Athenaeum is quite popular for its spa packages and so hotel guests must book in advance to secure a one-hour slot. The spa is complete with a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, everything you need for an indulgent moment of relaxation and calm.

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The 116 Restaurant extends out onto the terrace during warm summer days
Restaurant

The restaurant, 116 at The Athenaeum offers elevated British classics. Led by Executive Chef Ian Howard, the restaurant offers a diverse all day menus complete with a selection of O’Shea’s Butchers UK Prime Beef Dry Aged steaks, served with Himalayan pink salt and Café de Paris butter, alongside other classic such as Risotto, Cornfed Chicken and of course a signature burger.

The starters though, were worth shouting about. We particularly loved the Haymans Gin Cured Salmon, which is served over Pea Hummus and some Gin & Tonic gel as well as the Spring Vegetable Salad with Ricotta and Baby Artichoke. Paired with the hotels’ cleverly crafted botanical cocktails, you’d be hard done to find a better table this side of Green Park.

From the warm dog friendly atmosphere, stylish rooms and of course incredible location, we think this truly is the best dog friendly hotel in Mayfair.

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TeamCocopup Charlie absolutely loved his staycation at The Athenaeum

With Green Park just across the street, The Athenaeum is literally the best place for dog owners looking for a home-from-home in Mayfair. Charlie absolutely loved running around the park and even took a gander at Buckingham Palace too. The hotel also offers Royal Parks Picnic packages which are ideal for the summer months, and even better if you have your pooch with you.

The best part about The Athenaeum though, was the truly warm and friendly service of the staff. The lovely doorman was waiting for Charlie after our walk with a bag of treats in his pocket, while Alessia our server also came round with a plate of surprises. From the warm dog friendly atmosphere, stylish rooms and of course incredible location, we think this truly is the best dog friendly hotel in Mayfair.

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

The Athenaeum understand that pets are just another furry member of the family and ensures that they are treated accordingly. The hotel is located near Hyde Park and faces Green Park, which allows dogs to explore at their leisure and off-leash. Treat your dog to a VIPUP Package, for just £40 per dog they will be treated to a deep-filled, hypoallergenic mattress, ceramic food and water bowls, a gourmet dish from the Mini Bar(k) Menu and a fetching bow tie, alongside some tasty treats to take home.

Book here https://www.athenaeumhotel.com/dogs-at-the-athenaeum/

Transporting your puppy safely is a crucial consideration for new pet parents. Whether it’s a trip to the veterinarian, a family vacation, or a move to a new home, ensuring your furry friend’s comfort and safety during transit is paramount. Here’s a comprehensive guide on the best ways to transport a puppy, ensuring their well-being every step of the journey.

Selecting Suitable Transportation Methods

Dog crates emerge as the safest option for puppy transportation, providing a secure, confined space that minimizes stress and prevents accidents. For instance, if you have already chosen a pet transport to New York, your next step is to select an appropriately sized crate, allowing your puppy to stand up, turn around, and lie comfortably. Also, proper crate ventilation is ensured to maintain airflow and prevent overheating.

Preparing Your Puppy for Travel

Preparing your puppy for travel involves more than just securing a suitable crate. It’s essential to acclimate your furry friend to their travel environment gradually. Introduce them to the crate well before the trip, allowing them to explore and become familiar with it. Encourage positive associations by placing treats and toys inside the crate, making it a comfortable and inviting space for your puppy.

Ensuring Comfort During Transit

Comfort is paramount when transporting your puppy, especially during long journeys. Line the crate with soft bedding to provide cushioning and warmth, ensuring your pet’s comfort throughout the trip. Consider including familiar items such as their favorite blanket or toy to reassure and alleviate anxiety. Additionally, avoid feeding your puppy a large meal before travel to prevent motion sickness, opting for a light snack a few hours beforehand.

Securing the Crate for Safety

Once your puppy is comfortably settled in their crate, securing it properly for safe transport is crucial. Place the crate in a stable position within your vehicle, ensuring it won’t shift or slide during transit. Use seat belts or crate straps to secure the crate, minimizing the risk of injury during sudden stops or turns. Avoid placing the crate in the front seat or on elevated surfaces, as these locations can pose additional safety hazards for your puppy.

Monitoring Your Puppy During Transit

While en route, watch your puppy closely to ensure its well-being throughout the journey. Monitor its behavior for distress or discomfort, such as excessive panting, whining, or restlessness. Remember to schedule regular breaks so your puppy can stretch, go to the bathroom, and stay hydrated when needed. Never leave your puppy unattended in the vehicle, especially in extreme temperatures, as it is susceptible to heatstroke and dehydration.

Arriving Safely at Your Destination

Upon reaching your destination, prioritize your puppy’s needs to ensure a smooth transition. Allow them time to acclimate to their new surroundings, providing plenty of reassurance and affection. Set up a designated area for your puppy with food, water, and familiar comforts to help them feel at home. Gradually introduce them to their new environment, taking care to supervise interactions with other pets and family members.

Final Thoughts

Carefully planning and considering the journey is essential to safely transporting a puppy and ensuring its well-being. By selecting suitable transportation methods, preparing your puppy for travel, and prioritizing their comfort and safety, you can make the experience stress-free for you and your furry friend. With proper preparation and attention to detail, you can confidently embark on adventures with your puppy, knowing their needs are met at every step.

Our intrepid doggy rePAWter has been travelling all over the UK sniffing out the very best dog-friendly hotels across the country’s most idyllic towns.

From majestic dog friendly manor houses to cosy cottages and luxurious five-star retreats, TeamCocopup Charlie has been, seen and sniffed them all. We’ve rounded up a few of his favourites, all within two hours driving distance from London.

The Mitre Hampton Court

Beautifully illuminated in fairy lights, you’ll see the façade of Mitre Hampton Court from a mile away. This characterful dog friendly boutique hotel is as eccentric as it is cosy. Art is everywhere in this 17th-century Grade II listed hotel, from the illustrated map of surrey to playful portraits of King Henry dotted throughout.

Led by Chef Ronnie Kimbugwe, the gorgeous riverside 1665 restaurant offers British classics with an eclectic twist. Breakfast is served at The Boathouse, where you can enjoy a nice cuppa while overlooking the Thames. The plant bowl is delish, but so too are the classic Eggs Benedict and Full English options. Almost all restaurants in Mitre Hampton Court have dedicated areas where you doggy can dine with you – which obviously gives it plus points from me and Charlie.

We stayed in the Thames View suite, which as the name suggests, has incredible riverside views. A gorgeous red patterned wallpaper decorates the space, while a handsome freestanding bath is a clear focal point. Designed by Nicola Harding, the room was spacious, colourful and appropriately festive.

There was a dog bed, dog bowls, dog toys and dog treats for Charlie too – who of course loved all the special treatment.

So – whether you are ‘In The Tub’ or ‘Out to Court’ (playful door signs which feature King Henry and Queen Charlotte respectively), there is certainly plenty to love at Mitre Hampton Court. We think it may even be the best festive dog friendly staycation this side of the Thames.

Hotel du Vin Cheltenham

Pat of the Hotel du Vin Group and Fraser’s Hospitality, Hotel du Vin Cheltenham occupies a beautiful building in Cheltenham’s chic Montpellier district. Picture handsome Regency-era mansions, and tree-lined crescents that look like they could’ve been lifted off the set of Bridgerton.

There are 49 individually designed bedrooms and suites, which have undergone a recent (and extensive) refurb to capture the rustic allure of country living, while still celebrating the English Heritage style of the Hotel du Vin collection.

This fabulously dog friendly hotel is centred around a sprawling bar and restaurant and of course – an impressive wine cellar. (After all – a Hotel du Vin would not be complete without a healthy array of vintages that would impress even the most discerning wine connoisseur).

We stayed in the sprawling De Trafford Suite, which is as impressive as it sounds. Occupying the square footage of what seems like an entire London terraced house; the suite features vibrant decoupage wallcoverings with English antique prints that are equal parts eclectic, joyful and tim

Burleigh Court

Burleigh Court is a chic four-star dog friendly boutique manor hotel, housed in a Grade II listed manor, that is surrounded by captivating Cotswolds countryside in Stroud. The hotel, which has one of the most beautiful views of Stroud’s Golden Valley, foregoes the sometimes stuffy environs of other manor house hotels and instead opts for a vibe that is elegant, warm and inviting. Imagine staying in one of the lush country manors ala Bridgerton – minus all the pomp and circumstance.

The best thing about Burleigh Court? It is that it is fabulously dog friendly. TeamCocopup Charlie was welcomed in most of the public spaces, with a dedicated area for doggy diners in the restaurant too. He absolutely loved exploring Burleigh Court’s expansive grounds and going on leisurely walks in the surrounding countryside.

Burleigh Court has 18, individually designed rooms with pet-friendly accommodation available in an adjacent coach house. Our room was incredibly spacious tastefully designed and ideally located in front of the grounds – perfect for late night doggy business. There was a dog bed, dog bowls and some treats too – which Charlie more than appreciated. The room décor was a love letter to Cotswolds charm and featured plenty of well-loved knick knacks, rich tapestries and even a delightful wall mural.

From the warm hospitality of the staff, delicious food and beautiful Cotswolds countryside – there’s no better way to recharge than in this magical Cotswolds hideaway. When life once again gets away from us, we shall certainly be back.

The Bradley Hare

Located in the wildly picturesque grounds of the Duke of Somerset’s estate, The Bradley Hare benefits from and is inspired by the gorgeous pastoral landscapes that surround it. The rooms, which are warmed by roaring fires in the winter months, have been designed by James Thurstan Waterworth, ex-European Design Director of Soho House.

While boasting some handsome 18th and 19th-century furnishings, each of the 12 individually-designed bedrooms exude a muted yet contemporary vibe, elevating the rural chic interiors. Picture glorious free-standing baths, Egyptian cotton sheets, Siberian goose down duvets and a colourful array of contemporary artwork – that is exactly the aesthetic at The Bradley Hare.

We stayed in one of the five generously-sized dog friendly bedrooms in the Coach House. Opposite the pub and with plenty of space to roam, these gorgeous farmhouse style rooms are the perfect place to relax and unwind amidst the sounds and scenery of the great British countryside.

Guests who are staying at The Bradley Hare can expect a complimentary continental breakfast, which exceeded our expectations of continental meals. While hot breakfasts incurred an additional charge, the continental, which offered delicious homemade granola, pain au chocolate, ham, fresh juices, coffees and freshly-baked sourdough with homemade jams and yoghurts will soon make you forget about the lack of a full English.

Dittisham Hideaway

Dittisham Hideaway offers quirky, cosy dog firendly self-catering accommodation that will blow away all your glamping holiday expectations. The newly launched Shepherd’s Lodges are exactly as how you’d imagine them to be but have all the quintessential luxury amenities of any De Savary property.

They are made by West Country Artisans, offering beautiful views of the wooded valley below. At 234sq ft, they are spacious while still giving off cosy vibes. Each one has a large outdoor private terrace, complete with an outdoor wood-fired spa bath . There are also Adirondack loungers, a teak dining table and parasols perfect for enjoying a leisurely summer afternoon with friends.

Inside there are Egyptian cotton sheets, a welcome hamper full of locally sourced treats and breakfast supplies. The Shepherd’s Lodges feature wonderfully decorated interiors that are warm and stylish. They also come equipped with very spacious bathrooms (a rarity in most Shepherd’s Huts accommodations).

There was a Sophie Alport dog bed for a perfect night’s rest, dog bowls, and a full doggy welcome package for Charlie. This included everything from dog treats to poo bags, squeaky toys and a guide to the best countryside walks in the surrounding area. There is also a communal games barn – perfect for playing chess or table tennis during rainy days in the Devonshire countryside.

Just a one hour and thirty minute train journey away from Paddington is the lovely Hotel du Vin Cheltenham; a glorious home-from-home in the beautiful regency era town of Cheltenham.

Pat of the Hotel du Vin Group and Fraser’s Hospitality, Hotel du Vin Cheltenham occupies a beautiful building in Cheltenham’s chic Montpellier district. Picture handsome Regency-era mansions, and tree-lined crescents that look like they could’ve been lifted off the set of Bridgerton.

There are 49 individually designed bedrooms and suites, which have undergone a recent (and extensive) refurb to capture the rustic allure of country living, while still celebrating the English Heritage style of the Hotel du Vin collection.

This fabulously dog-friendly hotel is centred around a sprawling bar and restaurant and of course – an impressive wine cellar. (After all – a Hotel du Vin would not be complete without a healthy array of vintages that would impress even the most discerning wine connoisseur).

We stayed in the sprawling De Trafford Suite, which is as impressive as it sounds. Occupying the square footage of what seems like an entire London terraced house; the suite features vibrant decoupage wallcoverings with English antique prints that are equal parts eclectic, joyful and timeless.

A rich tapestry inspired by Mulberry Home’s flying ducks’ prints, inspire colour scheme of the room, which blends duck egg blue with sage green and bright orange accents. There is of course, a large king sized bed complete with headboard by Colefax and Fowler, a meticulously preserved wooden mantlepiece; and a newly refurbished bathroom with tiles form Solus ceramics.

There are plenty of creature comforts too. Handsprung mattresses, fine Egyptian linens, plasma TVs and a handsome rolltop bath, which is a thing of beauty and the perfect spot to relax after a day of exploring.

There is also a completely separate seating area; perfect for getting lost in a good book or film. For Charlie, we were greeted with a comfy dog bed, dog bowls and doggy care package complete with snacks and tennis ball (his favourite). So – he truly did feel like four-legged VIP from the moment we check in.

Not every space is dog friendly though, which is worth noting. But even if the main Bistro du Vin restaurant isn’t dog friendly per se, pet travellers can enjoy a delicious meal at Hotel du Vin Cheltenham upstairs in one of two lounge areas or at the bar.

Guests who are staying in one of Hotel du Vin’s inclusive packages can enjoy three course meals as part of their stay. Certain dishes though like the steaks, scallops and beef bourguignonne come with added supplements, but with most dishes priced below £20 – the entire menu Bistro du Vin’s menu is fabulously affordable.

Beyond the Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham has plenty to explore for pet friendly travellers. There are plenty of charming cafes and restaurants, and glorious parks that are within walking distance from the hotel – perfect for a day out in the sun with your pup. A lot of the cute boutiques, complete with stylish knick knacks, are pet friendly too. There are also a few noteworthy National Heritage Houses and the always enjoyable Cotswolds Wildlife Park which are within a short drive away.

Overall, if you’re looking for an idyllic slow weekend getaway with your four-legged pooch, look no further than the Hotel du Vin. Excellent service, luxurious rooms and a delectable menu of food and wine, Hotel du Vin is a veritable home away from home in the heart of Cheltenham and we shall surely be returning.

A 1-night stay at Hotel du Vin Cheltenham costs from £110 in March. Book online at https://www.hotelduvin.com/locations/cheltenham/

Located in sleepy Richmond, with views overlooking the Thames, The Mitre Hampton Court is our top choice for the ultimate dog-friendly winter staycation this holiday season. Our girl Hannah Tan-Gillies and intrepid doggy rePAWter TeamCocopup Charlie ventured out to foggy Hampton Court to experience the festive delights of the hotel themselves.

Beautifully illuminated in fairy lights, you’ll see the façade of Mitre Hampton Court from a mile away. The hotel sits right on the edge of the Thames, giving it an almost ethereal quality that is absolutely ideal for evoking Christmas cheer. So much so, that not even the horrendous Surrey holiday traffic could dampen our spirits.

This characterful boutique hotel is as eccentric as it is cosy. Art is everywhere in this 17th-century Grade II listed hotel, from the illustrated map of surrey to playful portraits of King Henry dotted throughout. You are greeted by a glass of Taylors Port upon arrival, a perfectly warming gesture that hints at the level of service you can expect at The Mitre Hampton Court.

The hotel is hosting a wonderfully cosy Taylors Port pop-up in the terrace which is adorned with Parisian style furniture, outdoor kitchen, twinkling lights and roaring fires. We recommend sampling one of Taylor’s signature cocktails, which includes a Porto Negroni, Port Old Fashioned or LBV Martini before going for dinner at the lovely 1665 restaurant.

1665 restaurant at Mitre Hampton Court

Led by Chef Mark Jarvis the gorgeous riverside 1665 restaurant offers British classics with an eclectic twist. We started off with the Teriyaki cauliflower popcorn and the wonderfully indulgent panko-crusted Brie. For mains, don’t skip the Pork Belly, which is tender, crunchy, savoury and perfect for a winter meal.

The house wine, a Domaine de Saissac Cabernet Sauvignon, was the perfect choice to pair with our hearty winter meal which ended with a slice of the restaurant’s delicious (and slightly savoury) burnt basque cheesecake – which was a revelation in and of itself.

cosy winter terrace with Taylor's Port pop-up

Breakfast is served at The Boathouse, where you can enjoy a nice cuppa while overlooking the Thames. The plant bowl is delish, but so too are the classic Eggs Benedict and Full English options. Almost all restaurants in Mitre Hampton Court have dedicated areas where you doggy can dine with you – which obviously gives it plus points from me and Charlie.

We stayed in the Thames View suite, which as the name suggests, has incredible riverside views. A gorgeous red patterned wallpaper decorates the space, while a handsome freestanding bath is a clear focal point. Designed by Nicola Harding, the room was spacious, colourful and appropriately festive.

Thames View room in Mitre hampton court

There was a dog bed, dog bowls, dog toys and dog treats for Charlie too – who of course loved all the special treatment.

So – whether you are ‘In The Tub’ or ‘Out to Court’ (playful door signs which feature King Henry and Queen Charlotte respectively), there is certainly plenty to love at Mitre Hampton Court. We think it may even be the best festive dog friendly staycation this side of the Thames.

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Book your staycation now at The Mitre Hampton Court Hotel

There is no one more deserving of being spoilt rotten this holiday season than your four-legged pooch. Because who else has been by your side through the trials and turbulations and also the joys of 2023 than your furry best friend?

To get you in the giving mood, our resident doggy RePAWter TeamCocopup Charlie has rounded up the very best Christmas gifts for dogs from across the land so you can truly pamper your Veri Important Pooches (VIP) this Christmas.

Dragonfly & Blossom Travel Mug

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If, like us, you and your pup love to travel – then what better way to enhance those long car journeys with this adorable dog travel mug from Dragonfly & Blossom? Not only does it feature seven bespoke illustrations from the independently-owned business’s dog collection, it is also handmade lovingly in the UK. Not only is this an excellent Christmas gift for dogs, you can get a matching set making this an excellent Christmas gift for couples.

Pets at Home Christmas Gingerbread Dog Jumper

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Perfect for that festive family photo under the tree, what better way to inspire the holiday spirit than with an adorable Christmas jumper. Run, run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch them, they’re the Gingerbread Man!

Lily’s Kitchen Advent Calendar for Dogs

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Tried and tested, your pooch will be looking forward to his daily holiday treat thanks to this Advent Calendar from Lily’s Kitchen. It truly is one of the best Christmas gifts for dogs.

Weashume Calming Dog Bed

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Give your dog the gift of comfort with this wonderfully cosy dog bed. Perfect for relaxing by the fire, especially when the whole fam comes around for the holidays.

Personalised Dog Stockings

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How adorable are these personalised Christmas Stockings from Etsy? He’ll absolutely love waking up on Christmas morning to find his very own stocking filled with treats and stuffies.

Welcome to the world of innovative pet care with Poorly Paws, where founder Alex Surace and his wife Gabriella took a common dog owner dilemma and transformed it into a practical and stylish solution.

Picture this: you’re on a leisurely stroll with your furry companion when an unexpected mishap occurs – a thorn in the paw or a shard of glass. What do you do when you’re far from the car and nowhere near a vet?

Enter Poorly Paws, born out of the very scenario that many dog owners dread. The mission was clear: create a product that could fit seamlessly into your pocket, attach to a lead, collar, or belt, and contain the essential elements of a first aid kit for dogs. The result? A compact 17-piece kit that is waterproof, lightweight, and measures a mere 10 cm x 10 cm.

Regardless of your canine companion’s size or breed, Poorly Paws’ first aid kit stands ready to provide efficient and swift aid. Inside, you’ll discover essentials ranging from bandages to saline solution, ensuring you have the necessary tools to respond effectively to unexpected incidents.

But Poorly Paws goes beyond being just a product; it’s a complete pet care solution.

Join us as we delve into the journey of Poorly Paws with founder Alex Surace. Discover the inspiration, the challenges faced, and the vision behind this innovative approach to pet safety and well-being.

Learn how Poorly Paws is not just a brand but a companion in ensuring that every dog owner feels empowered to provide immediate care when their four-legged friends need it the most…

Inspiration and Idea Generation

What inspired you to create Poorly Paws, and how did you come up with the idea for a portable first aid kit for dogs?

While walking our dog, Luna, we found ourselves in a situation where she stepped on some glass, slicing open her paw pad. With only our baby bag on hand, we improvised with tissues and a nappy to stop the bleeding. This incident prompted us to create a compact first aid kit for dogs, as existing options were too large to carry everywhere.

Features and Uniqueness

Tell us about the features of Poorly Paws first aid kit. What sets it apart from other products in the market?

The distinguishing factor is not just the kit itself but the included educational component. Teaming up with Rachel Bean, a royal veterinary nurse, we created instructional videos, ensuring users not only have a first aid kit but also the knowledge to use it effectively. Despite its small size, the kit contains a wide array of items.

Design Considerations

Why was it important for you to make the kit waterproof, lightweight, and compact? How does this benefit dog owners in real-life situations?

Yes, this was crucial. Given the unpredictable British weather, waterproofing was essential. The kit’s lightweight and compact design addresses practical concerns, ensuring dog owners can carry it effortlessly during walks and outdoor activities.

Collaboration and Educational Resources

Your website includes instructional videos on how to use the first aid kit. How did you collaborate with a qualified veterinary nurse, and what was the process of creating these educational resources like?

Collaborating with Rachel Bean, a veterinary nurse passionate about education, was integral. The process involved extensive discussions with professionals, ensuring the educational content aligned with our vision for the kit.

Emergency Situations

Can you describe some common emergency situations where Poorly Paws first aid kit can be particularly useful?

The kit proves invaluable in various scenarios, such as removing ticks, treating cuts, cleaning wounds, and bandaging injuries, showcasing its versatility.

Impact on Dog Owners

How do you envision Poorly Paws making a difference in the lives of dog owners? What impact do you hope to achieve through your product and educational resources?

Our goal is to empower dog owners with the confidence to administer basic first aid. The portability of the kit, coupled with educational resources, ensures preparedness for most situations.

Development Challenges

What challenges did you face during the development and launch of Poorly Paws, and how did you overcome them?

The primary challenge was designing the perfect bag, taking almost two years and numerous prototypes. Engaging with vets, nurses, and dog walkers helped shape the kit’s content, overcoming the challenge of creating a lightweight, compact, and waterproof bag.

Portable Assistance

In what ways do you believe having access to a portable first aid kit can empower dog owners to provide immediate assistance to their pets?

Portability ensures the kit is always accessible, addressing the common issue of larger kits being left at home or in the car, rendering them useless during outdoor activities.

Customer Stories and Impact

Are there any heartwarming or inspiring stories from customers who have used Poorly Paws in emergency situations that you can share with us?

Stories include an incident at Crufts where a show dog injured its dew claw, and the owner promptly used the kit. Recently, we shipped kits to Ukraine to aid injured animals during the war.

Customer Feedback and Evolution

Tell us about the feedback you have received from dog owners who have used your product. How has their response shaped the evolution of Poorly Paws?

Customer reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, shaping improvements such as a QR code tag for easier access and environmentally friendly cardboard packaging for refill kits.

Holistic Approach to Pet Care

Besides providing essential first aid supplies, your product also aims to equip dog owners with skills. How do you believe education complements the physical kit, and why is this holistic approach important?

The kit caters to both buying a product and completing first aid courses, ensuring users have the knowledge to handle diverse situations, exemplified by instructional videos corresponding to kit contents.

Future Initiatives

What future initiatives or developments do you have in mind for Poorly Paws? Are there any new features or educational resources you plan to introduce?

We are currently developing an app to serve as a first aid hub with 24/7 veterinary support, expanding our commitment to pet safety and care.

Contributing to Pet Care Advancements

Can you share your vision for the future of pet care and safety, and how you see Poorly Paws contributing to advancements in this field?

We aim for widespread adoption of first aid kits among dog owners and mandatory use for professionals, envisioning a safer environment for pets with increased awareness and preparedness.

Personal and Travel Preferences

Our readers love to travel; what destination is at the top of your bucket list?

We aspire to visit Switzerland to explore its lakes, forests, and parks, particularly as it is known to be dog-friendly.

Motivational Quotes

When lacking motivation, what’s your go-to quote?

Our two go-to quotes are:

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible’” – Audrey Hepburn

“Just keep swimming” – Dory (Finding Nemo)

Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs who are passionate about creating innovative solutions for pet owners based on your experience with Poorly Paws

?Learn comprehensively, network extensively, take chances, as you never know where your venture may lead.

As we conclude our enlightening conversation with Alex Surace, the mastermind behind Poorly Paws, we invite you to explore the full range of canine care and safety solutions on their website.

Empower yourself with the knowledge and tools needed to be your dog’s first responder, ensuring that every walk is not just an adventure but a safe and prepared journey. Visit their website today for a firsthand look at the future of pet care innovation.

On a perfect late summer afternoon, TeamCocopup Charlie made his way to The Fugitive Motel. An achingly cool all day bar and restaurant that oozes mid-century modern personality without any fuss.

Located right by the arches on Bethnal Green, The Fugitive Motel is a great place to enjoy everything from artisanal coffee to vegan pizzas and craft tipples with your favourite furry friends.

Fugitive Motel takes inspiration from the classic American motels of the late 1950s and 60s and features plenty of quirky industrial elements mixed in with colourful retro design details. The bar is a mad men style wood and granite bar offering an impressive variety of craft beers from local and international producers. The booths — with some welcome kitsch details — are exceptionally charming. You almost feel like you are transported to an easy diner in palm springs.

The menu is as easy as the interiors and has plenty of sharing options, but the star of the show has to be the pizza. We had the Ole Faithful which is a delicious blend of prosciutto, rocket, olives, and mozzarella. The Smokey One is a great option for meat lovers, and offers spicy nduja sausages, sweet pepper, chorizo, red onion, smoked mozzarella and pesto. The ice cream is worth shouting about too. Don’t leave Fugitive Motel without a scoop (or three) of the Ricotta ice cream, it’s the perfect dessert to indulge in this season.

This versatile all day spot is great for prolonged brunches, co-working, early dinners, late night drinks, shuffleboard competitions, and of course — doggy dates. Fugitive Motelis extremely dog-friendly, with pups even allowed on the booths. During our visit, we had at least two other doggy neighbours who were definitely enjoying their stay. Because no matter what you’re in the mood for,there’s a vacancy for everyone at The Fugitive Motel – especially for four legged guests.

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After months of searching, TeamCocopup Charlie and I have finally found London’s best dog-friendly hotel, and it’s the perfect place for a luxury doggy staycation.

Located in a quiet tree-lined street in Knightsbridge, just a quick walk away from the busy shoppers at Harrods’ and the lush greenery of Hyde Park, The Egerton House Hotel is classic luxury at its finest. The hotel was originally built in 1843 and overlooking perfectly manicured private gardens; a luxurious sanctuary in the heart of vibrant Knightsbridge. The Egerton House Hotel has all the signatures of a Red Carnation Hotel; from its beautiful and timeless interiors, to its warm and truly impeccable staff, and everything else in between.

The exceptional service at The Egerton House is felt from the moment you step foot in the door; and the staff pull out all the stops when rolling out the red carpet for your four legged friend. Every room at the Egerton House is pet-friendly, which is hardly the case with other London hotels. We checked into our beautiful studio suite. ‘Studio’ is an understatement, because these rooms are as spacious ad they are indulgent. A muted colour palette is contrasted with a stunning vaulted ceiling,a cosy sitting area, a king sized bed with 200 thread count Belgian linen, and two glasses of bubbles patiently waiting our arrival.

Don’t fret – TeamCocopup Charlie also got the works, with his own luxury dog bed, two bowls full of treats, doggy matts, towels, and his choice of breakfast, dinner, and afternoon tea – with his very own doggy menu. The doggy afternoon tea is held in The Egerton House’s beautiful Ivory hued Drawing Room and is definitely worth mentioning. The hotels afternoon tea celebrates the great British tradition with panache.From traditional loose leaf teas, to minimal asian flavours, and even some show-stopping herbal infusions; the Egerton House Hotel has something for even the most discerning tea connoisseur. While I enjoyed a glass of champagne with my afternoon tea, Charlie enjoyed a three course doggy menu of his own — also served in doggie-themed three-tiered tea stand. This very special doggy menu comprises of home made chicken and beef meatloaf, freshly baked dog biscuits, and some pure fruit doggie ice cream, not to mention some pup-friendly PAW-secco too — now that’s VIP (Very important Pet) treatment.

As House of Coco’s official doggie journalist, Team Coco pup Charlie has explored plenty of dog-friendly places in London, but nowhere reaches the same level of puppy-pampering as the Egerton House Hotel. The Egerton House Hotel exudes all of the essential charms of a luxury British hotel, balanced with the warm familiarity of a family run establishment.

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