Top 5 Dog Friendly Places to Visit | Stoke Newington area

Now that we’ve explored most areas where we spend the majority of our time either whilst we are working in our shop or to walk the dogs, we want to take the Top 5 Dog Friendly places to visit around the city and get to know new areas. We’ve taken baby steps for this post, as we will be telling you about our favourite places to visit around the Stoke Newington area, which isn’t that far out from our comfort zone.

(Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, London N16 9HJ)

Clissold park is one of Hackney's most loved traditional parks. This amazing open space is much more than just a park. One of the greatest things at Clissold Park is the collection of animals; the aviary, goats and small herd of deer. But also the beautiful Clissold House in the centre of the park with the café open from 8.30am-4pm. Dogs aren’t allowed in the but we easily grabbed a take away coffee and went around on our dog walk. There are also fountains, a paddling pool and a pond-dipping platform for hotter summer days. Lastly, some of Clissold Park’s areas are strictly ‘dog free areas’ (dogs are not allowed in the play area or sports facilities) which we always read as a very good sign; all other areas are basically yours and your dog’s :)



(176 Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0JL)

Located in the heart of Stoke Newington, Andi’s is the perfect little spot for brunch. Awarded by Time Out as the most loved local restaurant in Dalston and Stoke Newington area. Stokey locals speak highly about this place and we love it too. The all day brunch menu is unusual, affordable and delicious. We love the atmosphere in this place. The little garden is a lovely suntrap during the day and becomes dreamy at night with its fairy lights.




(166 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0JL, London.) 

You might have noticed flowers, coffee shops and local businesses are hobbies of ours that we love to share with our Fetch & Follow community; Botanique Workshop in Stoke Newington Church Street is a gorgeous store/ space where dogs and humans are welcomed. The shop was born from owner Alice's dream of ‘creating a shop combining flowers & plants with a meticulously curated collection of handcrafted products’. This space is all about local community, small businesses and traditional craft techniques. As well as making their own products, Botanique Workshop also stocks a beautifully curated selection of like-minded, independent designers and makers which, of course, rung a bell to us and made us feel very comfortable straight away.



(129 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0UH)

Search and Rescue is an independent lifestyle and gifting store in the heart of Stoke Newington. This spacious store (not a negligible point when shopping with your dog) is filled with well curated items; a selection of gift and living items as well as a beautiful range of vintage furniture. We love the fact that Search and Rescue not only stocks stationary, textiles and cosmetics from all around the world, it also works with some of London's most skilled makers. Whether you are looking for a gift or ‘just looking’ it’s proving difficult to leave the store empty handed.



(Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 1AU)

We have been walking and exploring Abney park for a couple of years without even knowing this space in the heart of Stoke Newintgon is actually a nature reserve. Abney Park is one of the ‘magnificent seven’ garden cemeteries of London, a woodland memorial park and Local Nature Reserve. Abney Park is a burial ground where plants and trees have taken over. This fictitious place located on Stoke Newington’s main high street is all you and your dog need on a weekend after a nice brunch in one of London’s most popular neighbourhood. When stepping in, we instantly feel like we are in a different world and the dogs absolutely love it.


Fetch & Follow Presents | Festive Pamper Party with Malin + Goetz and Shoreditch Nails

Enjoy pampering, dogs and more this December at dog-friendly apothecary Malin+Goetz, where Fetch & Follow will be bringing together some of their friends for an evening of Christmas and canine celebration.

On the 6th December head down to Malin+Goetz’s Seven Dials boutique in Covent Garden for Fetch & Follow’s curated evening of manicures and nail art with a doggy twist by Shoreditch Nails, festive freshener express pet grooms by Lead the Walk and Veterinary Health & Nutrition Consultation with Dr Ciara Clarke, Butternut Boxes in House Vet who specialise in home cooked, fresh ingredient meals for your dog delivered to your door. Guests will also be able to shop for Christmas gifts from Fetch & Follow’s display of pet accessories and apparel, as well as Malin+Goetz’s natural skincare range

The event is free to attend with all guests given question time with the vet and complimentary tipples and treats. A pre-purchased ticket priced £20 will give you access to a mini dog groom, nail polish and nail art by Shoreditch Nails and a Fetch & Follow Tote Bag filled with goodies from themselves, Malin+Goetz and Butternut Box.

Purchase Ticket HERE

For Human | Manicure - Reshape, Polish and Nail Art by Shoreditch Nails

For Hound | Mini Dog Groom

Fetch & Follow Tote bag including goodies from Malin + Goetz, Butternut Box and Fetch & Follow

Refreshments and Nibbles

Date 6/12/2018

Time 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Fetch and Follow Stories | Emily and Daphne

Emily is the amazingly talented florist behind Design by Nature and with the help of her studio buddy Daphne runs her Creative Floristry Studio in Tottenham. We first had the pleasure of meeting Emily when we commissioned her to work on a dog themed floral centre piece for our Dogs + Design pop up store during London's Design Week. We loved the piece so much it now has a permanent place in our Hackney studio. 

We spoke to Emily about her life with Daphne and how this beautiful Lurcher already has a love for playing with flowers

Tell us about Daphne and how she came into your life

Last summer my boyfriend and I were on holiday in Wales where we met the most beautiful dog. After chatting to the owners asking them about the breed we were totally in love with this gorgeous, shaggy '40 mile an hour couch potato” lurcher.
 The dog was from a small family run breeders in Exmoor and had been named the Exmoor Lurcher. The original cross is Greyhound, Deerhound and Beddlington Terrier. We immediately got in touch with breeders and kept an eye on the potential of any puppies. 
 Fast forward 10 months and I had seen that breeders friend (who owned an Exmoor Lurcher) dog had puppies and we went along to visit them.

 We left London saying we probably wont get a puppy and set off on the 4 hours driver to Dorset with a make shift cardboard box bed and blanket (We were obviously kidding ourselves) At the farm we were met by a litter of 10 gorgeous puppies and the parents were the most beautiful dogs and so chilled out. 7 of the puppies had the grey shaggy hair and 3 were smooth like greyhounds. No one wanted the 3 short hair puppies so I felt like we should have one of them.

How does your Daphne fit into your general working day?

I’m a florist and I run my own floristry business in Tottenham. My working day often starts very early in the morning and I leave the house to head off to the flowers market at around 5am and Daphne is very much still asleep. By the time I’m back from the market its often around 7.30am so its the perfect time for a coffee and to take Daphne out for a morning walk.

After this I head off to the studio to prepare the flowers for the day and Daphne has a morning nap at home. Luckily my studio is 2 minutes walk from our house so I can head home and collect her at around 11am. Daphne then comes into the studio and enjoys helping me out with the flowers, by helping, I mean she will often find a flower stem to chew on or rip up some leaves.

 As start I so early, often the bouquets are out for delivery at around 1pm which means the afternoon is spent sorting through the emails and Daphne gets some well deserved play time in the studio. We normally head home around 5pm and off out for a evening walk. 

On the days when I’m working on a wedding or onsite at clients venue Daphne will either go to work with my partner, Ben or she has the best doggy daycare just around the corner where she gets to meet her friends and spend all day playing. 

When you’re not working where do you both like to hang out?

On the weekends we often find ourselves hanging out locally around Tottenham, we get up and out early on Saturday mornings and head to Tottenham Marshes for a walk. Daphne can sometimes find herself at one of the local breweries in Tottenham such as Beavertown or Pressure Drop or we head out for lunch with friends.

If we’re not in Tottenham then we may be in Devon, visiting family and letting Daphne run free. In the countryside or on the beach is where she is happiest 

What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk and what do you carry them in?

As Daphne is a lurcher we have to be especially aware of her recall and making sure its safe for her to run off the lead, so I always have pocket full of her favourite doggy treats as bait to tempt her back to us. If we’re heading out to the pub or somewhere for lunch we always take  Daphne’s comfort blanket. Its something she has had since we got her and she knows when the blanket is down its time to settle for nap. Daphne’s items are always carried in a pink and black Resident Advisor tote bag which is where Ben works. He often comes home with various merchandise from the office that facilitates as Daphne’s wardrobe.

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

In November Daphne is coming along on a group holiday with some of our friends to Suffolk. The idea is long country walks, log fires and red wine (for us). We will be back in Devon again at Christmas and we are just applying for Daphne’s passport so we can take her camping with us next summer in France. 

You can follow Emily and Daphne's adventures together on the Design by Nature Instagram Page and check out Emily's work Here