This Friday 21stJune is Bring Your Dog To Work Day – a nationwide event that encourages business from across the UK to welcome their employees’ dogs into the workplace for charity; this year All Dogs Matter and Animals Asia. As dog owners fortunate enough to spend our work life with our pets, we’re strong advocates for dogs in the workplace. Our dogs join us daily at our East London studio, creating a sense of calm, encouraging us to pause for a re-charge and are the friendliest of ‘receptionists’, so we endorse this annual event as a great opportunity for others to experience the benefits of dogs in the workplace or to hold a morning meeting.
So, whether your dog has scored a one-day pass for this special day or is a regular four-legged fixture for your colleagues and peers, this week we share our series of dog-friendly places in London to wrap around your working day. Here are five spots across London where you and your dog can grab brews and breakfast en route to work.
Kick start your day with a caffeine fix at this speciality coffee roasters. A short walk away from Tottenham Marshes, they’re perfectly situated to visit after a pre-work run around for your dog. Opening at 8.30am for coffee and pastries, with their antipodean menu focussed kitchen open from 9.30am, dogs are (very) welcome and there’s plugs for laptops if you get caught short or need to do some work quickly on the way to work.
100% Fetch & Follow approved, it’s a mere minute away from our studio, so you might catch us having morning meetings there. Open from 7am for early birds, the coffee is delicious, the staff make a huge fuss of dogs and the seating area is really spacious, so should you want a bit of quiet time with your coffee and canine to set you up for the day, you won’t end up sat on top of anyone. Plus, in the summer they have a beautiful outdoor garden to enjoy the early morning sun together.
The Locals is a healthy-eating inspired hangout, which welcomes hounds. Open from 8am, arrange a breakfast meeting or jump start your day with the best of intentions on a menu of Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes, Locals Full Healthy, Skinny Eggs and more washed down with drinks such as Almond Matcha Lattes and cold press Fresh Juices. The space has a lovely open feel with plenty of space around the tables for your dog to patiently wait for some healthy goodness to fall off your plate.
Open daily from 8am, Federation Café can be found in Brixton Village’s covered market serving brews for caffeine aficionados as well as freshly made snacks and cakes. A mix of nomadic workers on their computers, friends catching up and those watching the world go by, it's popular and not overly spacious but the staff are lovely, the coffee is great and they’re nice to dogs, so we’d probably suggest this one as a grab and go in places of the big boy coffee chains.
Prep and prime yourself for the day ahead at this vibrant and hip chain, offering aptly named juices such as Clear Vision, Hell of a Nerve, Stress Down and Energizer. If your more Joe than juice they have a great coffee menu too. Dogs are always welcome, and they tend to favour cool dance tunes that will help fire you and your dog up for an impressive day ahead. If you are after a quick lunch to go, pop back later for their wholemeal toasted sandwiches.
Where do you go with your dog? @Fetchandfollow or tag us on social with your recommendations, we'd love to hear about them.
#BringYourDogToWorkDay, as organised by HOWND, takes place this Friday 21 June. Whether you are individual wanting to take your dog to work or a nice employer who wants to make their employees happy, join the fun and make a difference to the welfare of dogs by donating at