The Best Places in London to Celebrate National Dog Day this Weekend

While events like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day (and the less traditional National Pie Day) are important ones for the calendar, there’s also some standout dog-themed days that pet owners can look forward to every year. This Sunday 26th August marks National Dog Day 2018. This is the big one when it comes to raising awareness of sad pups in desperate need of adoption – often the result of snap decisions, bad breeders, and unregulated puppy mills.

For those considering rescuing a pooch it’s the perfect day to make the big decision, and for existing dog mums and dads it’s a chance to take your pooch out to one of many fun dog-themed events. From dog-friendly afternoon teas, special cinema screenings, and London’s canine answer to the X Factor, here’s your round-up of the best doggie events in London to enjoy with your pupster over the long weekend. 

All Dogs Matter

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DOG FACTOR, FINSBURY PARK  

Most pet owners already think their pooch is the star of the show, but you can prove it at All Dogs Matter’s Dog Factor 2018. There’s eight categories to enter, including one for Cutest Pup and Golden Oldie, as well as agility tests and prizes on offer. Importantly, it’s not just a chance to indulge your dog’s dreams of grandeur, as all entry money goes back to support All Dogs Matter’s work rescuing and rehoming dogs. Visit alldogsmatter.co.uk.

Whippet Up

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THE WHIPPET UP, HAMPSTEAD HEATH  

What could be more glorious than the sight of dozens of elegant whippet legs, dashing through the park on a Sunday morning? Fellow whippet-owners can meet up to compare notes and walk their pooches, all while raising money for Galgos del Sol – a Spanish rescue for abandoned galgos and podencos. The group meets at 10.30 opposite Hampstead Heath overground station, and suggests bringing your spare pennies and pounds along with you. Visit www.facebook.com/whippetupuk

The Quarter Hounder Smith and Whistle

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THE QUARTER HOUNDER, SMITH & WHISTLE, MAYFAIR  

In celebration of National Dog Day, Mayfair’s Smith & Whistle has a special offer on for hungry mutts. While humans chow down, their canine companions can enjoy a free nutritionally balanced Quarter Hounder chicken burger, tucked between two slabs of sweet potato. Smith & Whistle is close to Green Park, making it the perfect post-walk lunch, and if you can’t make it this Sunday the offer is still available until the 29th August. Visit www.smithandwhistle.com. 

Lady and the tramp

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LADY AND THE TRAMP SCREENING, EXHIBIT B, STREATHAM

Take your dog on a cinema date in south London, at this pup-friendly screening of all-time classic Lady and the Tramp. Real attention has been paid to making this a welcome environment for pooches, with blankets and cushions, lowered audio levels for dogs’ sensitive ears, and bottomless treats so they don’t get their paws on your popcorn. Visit exhibitb.co.uk.

A ‘PUP OF TEA’ PARTY, BLUEBIRD CAFE, WHITE CITY

For owners that want to spoil their pets, this dog-friendly afternoon tea includes vegan dog treats, served in fancy bowls, and Lily’s Kitchen veggie feasts for hungry pups. Humans get their own menu of scones, sandwiches and cupcakes, all served on three-tier stands. A ticket will set you back £21.50, but goes towards supporting animal welfare charity Wild At Heart Foundation. Visit bluebirdcafe.co.uk.

Havana Nights Cuban Doggy

HAVANA NIGHTS CUBAN DOGGY SOCIAL, COFFEE STUDIO 7GR, CLAPHAM

This Cuban-themed night is an opportunity to down mojitos while perusing some of the best doggie designer goods. A ticket costs £18, but gets you and three pooches entry, as well as a goodie bag, cocktail on arrival, mocktail for your teetotal pup, and a chance to get in some Instagram-worthy snaps with some novelty props. It’s sure to be quite the night out. Visit www.eventbrite.co.uk.

What do you and your pup have planned for the bank holiday weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

Emma Tucker is a London-based writer and editor, who's been covering all things design-related for the past six years. After studying English Literature she spent several years working at magazines including Dezeen and Creative Review, before going freelance. Emma's now a regular contributor to several magazines, including The Spaces and Pitch, and also works with design brands on copywriting and editorial projects. On a day-to-day basis she's assisted by puppy PA and cockapoo Bear.

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