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Top 5 Dog Friendly Places to Visit | Exmouth Market

Exmouth market is a beautiful example of ‘London village life’. This unique area, which is full of independent shops, cafes and restaurants is located between Islington and the City and makes for the perfect afternoon out with the dog.

Exmouth Street Food Market
 

Exmouth Market offers a daily street food market from 12-3pm with Thursday and Friday being the busiest days. This eclectic market of up to 20 artisan food stalls offers an alternative to the average lunch spot . After grabbing some food you can head to Spa Fields Pars to enjoy your lunch while the dog has a run around. The park is small but perfect for a quick stop, plus it has a table tennis table for sunnier days.

Exmouth Market
Monday - Friday

12-3pm

Pizza Pilgrims

 If the weather is not one your side then you can head to Pizza Pilgrims to enjoy some of their delicious slow proved Neapolitan Pizza. Dogs are welcome and we are massive fans of their Aubergine parmigiana pizza and if you still have room their Nutella Pizza Ring it's the ultimate in indulgence treats.

Pizza Pilgrims
15 Exmouth Market,
Clerkenwell,
London

EC1R 4QD

Marby & Elm

 We always love to check out and support other independent stores whenever we can and we are big fans of Marby & Elm when it comes to finding the perfect greeting card (we always stock up on them whenever we are there!). The letterpress stationery and design shop is beautiful and all their products are designed in the shop.

53 Exmouth Market,
Clerkenwell,
London

EC1R 4QL

Space

 If your looking for a unique gift look no further then Space EC1. The shop has a great selection of gifts ranging from ceramics, jewelry, home-ware and books (we always end up finding an amazing book whenever we pop in!)

25 Exmouth Market,
Clerkenwell,
London

EC1R 4QL

Botanique Workshop

 We couldn’t pop to Exmouth market and not pop in and see our friends (along with shop dog Goose) at Botanique Workshop. We featured their Stoke Newington store in our previous post but their space on Exmouth market was their original store and holds the most amazing array of beautifully sourced gifts, flowers and plants.

31 Exmouth Market,
Clerkenwell,
London

EC1R 4QL

Gail's Bakery
 
 
Now we normally only feature 5 places to visit but we couldn’t go without telling you about the amazing treats at Gail’s Artisan Bakery. Your not allowed inside with dogs, however they do have an outdoor seating area and all their drinks and pastries can be taken away. Their hot chocolate (which also comes in a vegan option) is out of this world and at this time of year we can all do with a little treat.

Plus all of their takeaway cups are now lined with BioPBS which is made from sugar cane waste and is biodegradable and compostable at room temperature. Being made from sugar cane waste, edible food crop is not sacrificed in the manufacture process.

33-35 Exmouth Market,
Clerkenwell,
London EC1R 4QL

Fetch & Follow Stories | Elly & Rudy

We first had the pleasure of meeting Elly when she launched her Form Lifestyle Store in the Manchester Northern Quarter. Not long after we first started chatting Rudy (a very elegant and handsome Italian greyhound) came into her life.

Elly with her partner Harry run the Form Lifestyle Store which showcases a carefully selected range of products with a focus on design, function and simplicity. They actively choose, and encourage others, to shop independent allowing artisans the opportunity to grow and flourish. They aim to make this more accessible by collating quality products that have been made with care, that you won't find readily available on the high street. Their store is truly beautiful and one of a kind, if you are in the Manchester area you really must visit them and Rudy

We spoke to Elly about running the Form Lifestyle store and how Rudy has settled into life as a shop dog

Tell us about Rudy and how he came into your life

Harry had been obsessed with Italian Greyhounds for a while and we’d talked about getting a dog at some point after we’d moved to here from London, but it got to a point where he was constantly showing me pictures and videos of dogs that we decided to start looking for one for ourselves. Rudy was the last of a litter in Leeds, so we went over to see him and instantly fell in love!  

How does Rudy fit into a general day working at The Form Lifestyle Store?

Generally Rudy stays at home, as he’s very good at settling on his own and sleeps for most of the day - no exaggeration he is always sleeping! He also has our cat there to keep him company. On the weekends (and some other days) when the two of us are in the shop we take Rudy with us and he sits on the mezzanine level on his wicker chair looking down at everyone coming in. He loves cuddles and attention so will often want to come down to see the customers, and they love it when he does. We even get people coming in especially to see him!

When you're not working were do you and Rudy like to hang out?

We’re so lucky in Manchester that we can easily drive to places like the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, Heaton Park and a new favourite of ours is Formby beach in Liverpool, so when we’re both off we love to go and visit one of these with Rudy.  Although we live in the city centre, we’re close to lots of canals and there’s a little marina near our flat so we walk him around there everyday, there’s also a playing field where we can let him run around off lead. There’s so many dog-friendly places in the Northern Quarter too, that we also take him with us if we go for coffee, drinks, or just to sit in a cafe and work.

What essentials do you always have on you when heading out with Rudy and what do you carry them in?

Being an Italian Greyhound, Rudy loves to be cosy and will only settle for a long time if he is on or inside a blanket/cover...so we take his blanket if we know we’re going to be somewhere for a while. He’s recently got a wooly jumper which he settles in really well so we tend to take that out with us too or put him in it before we head out. And treats, he may be skinny but he loves to eat! We haven’t gone as far as getting him his own bag yet, so we’ll just put his bits in a tote, or they end up in my handbag. We use his Fetch & Follow lead if he’s coming to the shop or if we’re heading into town with him.

What adventures do you and Rudy have planned for the rest of the year?

We’ll definitely be taking him to the beach a few more times - he hates water though so there’ll be no swimming! We’ve just discovered one of our makers has an Italian Greyhound too so we’re hoping to take them both to run around in the sand together. We’ll also be taking him with us when we go down to visit my family in Bedford next month, he’s really good in the car and loves to play with my young niece and nephew when we’re there. We’d also love to go and stay in a little cottage in the countryside at some point,  if we can find somewhere that’s dog-friendly.

Check out the Form Lifestyle Store online

form-shop.com

or visit them

6 Bradley Street
Northern Quarter
Manchester
M1 1EH

Follow Rudy and Elly

@formlifestylestore