There is nothing that dulls the excitement of departing for a family trip more than having to say goodbye to a much-loved dog as you leave him or her with a friend or relative or in kennel accommodation. The best family holidays and weekend trips are those that include the whole family, even our furry friends.
Marking National Pet Month, which takes place throughout April and celebrates the benefits of our pets, Caledonian Sleeper has compiled its top trips to London that everyone can enjoy. From dog friendly cafés to park walks, the city boasts a wealth of locations and outlets that even the hairiest family member can make the most of.
Popular casual restaurant Shake Shack has a special place in its heart for four-legged friends making it the perfect place for a light bite or family lunch. The company has a number of outlets across the city offering a variety of menus featuring burgers, crinkle cut fries and milkshakes as well as a menu offering dog friendly red velvet biscuits and frozen custard.
There are plenty of hotels across the city that provides pet friendly accommodation but the Arch Hotel in Marble Arch offers something different. Along with a central location close to plenty of parks, the hotel pampers pooches with a range of luxurious treats, comfy beds, spa experiences and their own feeding bowls filled with delicious pet food cooked by the culinary team.
London’s Richmond Park based in the South West area of the city is the largest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks. Families can enjoy a lap with their dog around the park which covers almost seven miles or a wander through the area’s nature reserve which is home to herds of red and fallow deer.
The Isabella Plantation which spans across 40 acres of woodland garden has also become popular with visitors due to its evergreen azaleas which line ponds and streams. Visit the Plantation during the spring months of April and May to see the brightest coloured flowers.
With new tickets available and free travel for pets (not including a £25 cleaning fee), there’s no better time to book a journey of a time night and arrive into London ready to begin your family adventure.
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