South London’s dog friendly pubs

We are now heading south of the River Thames to continue our series of the best dog-friendly pubs in the capital. Here we arrive at four places that are sure to get you and your dog excited.

Hand in Hand

6 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon, London SW19 4RQ

There’s plenty of outdoor space at the front of this award winning pub

The pub encourages you to bring along your four legged friends, offering complementary dog biscuits and the chance to be ‘Dog of the Day’. This makes it the perfect pit stop for owners and pampered pooches alike. It won The Dog Buddy Pub of the Year in 2016.

Located on the edge of Wimbledon Common, it offers a sense of a village life in the heart of London. Originally a bakery when opened way back in 1835, you are still able to eat in the old oven area, which is decorated with frame photographs of its past. The pub has a good selection of beer and food.

Accessible via the 93 or 200 bus route. Alternatively, it is a 20 minute walk from Wimbledon Station.

Leather Bottle, Wimbledon

538 Garratt Ln, Earlsfield, London SW17 0NY

There’s so much to love about this place

Staying in Wimbledon, the Leather Bottle is one of the oldest pubs in South London. Around for more than three centuries, this place truly is a relic of the past.

For all you dog lovers, water bowls are provided and dog treats are available. Free Wi-Fi to keep you occupied why your dog enjoys a well earned reward. Dogs are allowed inside. Dog walks are accessible nearby. There is a car park is on site.

It boasts of one of the largest beer gardens in London, catering for up to 450 people! It features picnic tables, Swiss chalets, a BBQ area and outdoor toilets. It certainly gives the pub dog, Tom, plenty of space to roam around.

Bright, traditional décor inside the small rooms with three burning fires. You can wine and dine in the conservatory. Young’s ales are the beers of choice here.

In the past the pub has hosted events from the Mayor of Garratt elections to restaurant pop ups. It started as a small inn and hostelry, with a blacksmith attached to the side of the building. And if you and your mates like to give your brain a test, Wednesday is quiz night.

Did you know? The annual ‘Mayor of Garrat’ award (a village idiot prize) was celebrated here in the 18th century.


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Hare & Billet, Blackheath

1a Hare and Billet Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 0QJ

Another award winning pub that is worth spending time in. Photo Credit: Ewan Munro 

Located just on the edge of Blackheath Common, you can enjoy a refreshing drink and rest your legs after a long walk with your pooch through the common.

The pub has a modern feel, with subtle & comfortable furnishings. It welcomes friends, families and, best of all, dogs.

It was the 2016 winner of ‘Time Out’ Love London Awards for Blackheath’s best pub.

That’s partly thanks to offering some craft beer alternatives to the worldwide beer giant that is Greenwich Meantime Brewery. There are 12 changing seasonal guest ales, including some of the best local beer.

 Blackheath railway station is a short walk away if you are visiting from afar.

The Windmill, Brixton

22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ

Not the most welcoming from the outside, but the charm of this place is there once you walk through the door

A backstreet pub near Brixton Hill with cheap entry and good priced beer. This small, (150 capacity) and low-roofed venue is quirky and full of character.

Live music is a big thing here. The pub was named as one of the top ten music venues in the UK. And was one of only three in London to make the cut.

The place has a candlelit atmosphere, friendly staff and bizarrely, dogs on the roof. Assistance dogs are welcome. Pub staff will say hello to them, provide a water bowl and a biscuit or two. It offers BBQ’s every Sunday afternoon from 5pm in the small backyard.

The nearest tube station is Brixton on the Victoria line. It’s a 10 minutes walk from there.  Stockwell on the Northern Line is nearer, but does not have direct bus links to Blenheim Gardens.

There are also regular trains from London Victoria to Brixton, from where you can walk or get a bus. There is limited street parking around the venue.

Did you know? It takes its name from an adjacent windmill that was built in 1816 but fell into disuse by 1935.

Want more? West London’s dog friendly pubs

Read our guides for across the capital: East London’s dog friendly pubs

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