Walking your dog shouldn’t be a solitary experience. The joy of getting out and about with your four-legged friend is that you meet plenty of new people and dogs. Thanks to its dog friendly pubs and restaurants, dog friendly offices and nearby beaches, London is a great place to have a dog.
If you want to meet other dog owners, we’ve shortlisted some fun dog meet-ups that are worth exploring.
With over 430 members this group is the perfect social experience for every dog owner from London. Its friendly organiser provides fresh coffee and baked goodies for the dogs for free! They meet across different London locations (mainly in SW London, but also in the NW). No breed restrictions.
As it says on the tin: “Anyone who likes meeting new people, hanging out with dogs and drinking good coffee is more than welcome! If you spend most of your life covered in dog hair and dribble then you are amongst friends!” Check them out.
Open to all types of bulldog (English, French, American), this meet-up has been running for over 10 years! It’s got over 1,600 members and counting. They meet the first Sunday of every month at 11:00 AM in Kensington Gardens next to the Princess Diana Memorial Playground.
London Pugs is another popular meet-up running for over 11 years. They’ve got over 2,600 pug owners and have organised more than 200 events. A pug owner? This one is a must.
Another breed specific group, The London French Bulldog Meetup Group is a friendly crowd of over 770 French bulldog owners who gather once a month in Regent’s Park. You have to introduce yourself and say why you’d like to join the group before they accept you.
Similar to the Regent’s Park meet-up, these guys meet once a month in Greenwich park. Being the most popular breed in the UK at the moment, French bulldogs are very lucky in terms of social activities. They usually gather around 50 frenchies. Cuteness overload!
This is some serious stuff – the organiser researches and prepares bespoke walks, which sometimes could take the whole day. The walks are designed for off lead walks mainly and dogs and owners should be quite fit to make the whole walk. Their walking areas are: The Cotswolds (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire); Shakespeare Country (Warwickshire/Gloucestershire); White Peak National Park (Derbyshire); Chilterns day walks, and mid-Wales forest, coast and beach walks. New for 2017 are walks on the Staffordshire Moorlands.
If you’re looking for short (1 to 2 hours) evening and weekend walks in London that give you the opportunity to explore London by foot and meet new people, this group is for you. Not especially for dog owners, many of the members tend to have dogs, so it’s a lovely friendly crowd to join for a refreshing walk after the long day.
Photo: The London Monthly Bulldog Meetup Group