Walkies and tail-wagging treats for a pawfect day out
King’s Cross loves dogs!
King’s Cross is a great place to hang out with your furry companion. There are beautiful walks, parks for ball chasing, and more than 25 of the neighbourhood restaurants, cafés and bars welcome dogs, so you can even dine out with your pooch.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out with your dog in tow – everything from fresh crab tacos, Catalan tapas and tasty burgers to tiramisu-filled brioche doughnuts. Here’s the listing of venues that welcome dogs indoors.
Drake & Morgan on Pancras Square is notoriously dog-friendly, so much so that they’ve invested in special crockery for visiting mutts, and they keep pet-friendly snacks and drinks – including paw-secco – on hand too. For two-legged guests, there’s an all-day menu filled with seasonal best-of-British food and drink.
Babel Beerhouse – Lewis Cubitt Walk. Relaxed beerhouse serving a range of cans and beers on tap alongside burgers, stone-baked pizzas and sharing plates.
Barrafina – Coal Drops Yard. Authentic Catalan-inspired Spanish tapas with a modern edge. Sit at the bar to watch the chefs for the full experience.
Beer and Burger – York Way. Juicy American-style burgers and one of the biggest and best craft beer ranges in London. (Dogs on leads only).
Happy Face Pizza – Handyside Street. Stone-baked pizzas, made with dough fermented for 72 hours for extra deliciousness. Wallet-friendly.
Longboys – Lower Stable Street. This small-batch bakery has a team of patisserie wizards in the kitchen, creating finger doughnuts with oh-so-fancy fillings.
Morty & Bobs – Coal Drops Yard. Morty and Bob are legends on the grilled cheese scene. Be prepared to have the best toastie of your life. Woof!
Wildcard – Granary Square. The coffee shop offers speciality coffee, soups, sandwiches and delicious pastries.
Notes Coffee – Pancras Square. A lovely spot for a coffee or a bite to eat. Serves food all day.
Casa Pastor – Coal Drops Yard. Freshly made tortillas, beers and mezcal cocktails are the order of the day in the authentic Mexican taqueria.
Porte Noire – Lewis Cubitt Square. An elegant wine bar and restaurant serving brasserie-style European food alongside an exquisite selection of wines.
Redemption Roasters – Coal Drops Yard. Serving excellent espresso-based and batch filter coffee alongside some equally excellent cakes.
Ruby Violet – Wharf Road. Quirky ice cream parlour, offering organic ice cream and vegan sorbet in all manner of weird and wonderful flavours.
Spiritland – Stable Street. Perhaps you have a pooch with a discerning music taste? In that case, Spiritland is your go-to. Open for food and drinks from the early morning double espresso chasers to late-night drinks, all to a super cool soundtrack.
The Drop – Bagley Walk Arches. Coal Drops Yard’s gorgeous wine bar twinkles from under Victorian brick arches. Fantastic wines and a British bistro menu.
Vinoteca – Kings Boulevard. Inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy, with over 200 wines to choose from and a rustic Mediterranean menu.
Bring your dog for an alfresco hang
Some venues in King’s Cross don’t allow dogs inside, but they are more than happy to welcome you to their outdoor seating.
Arabica – sun-drenched flavours of the Middle East, with mezze, sharing plates and cocktails, perfect for groups. The terrace faces out onto the grassy Lewis Cubitt Park.
BAO King’s Cross – Pancras Square. Enjoy delicious steamed buns and Taiwanese dishes on the sunny corner of Pancras Square.
Plaza Pastor is the covered outdoor space to Casa Pastor – the Mexican taqueria at Coal Drops Yard.
Coal Office – a super stylish restaurant that likes things bold and interesting with both the design and the dishes, which are inspired by the flavours of the middle east.
Dishoom – the much-loved Indian eatery weaves storytelling with homestyle cooking and exquisite cocktails for an enchanting restaurant experience. There is outdoor seating at the restaurant entrance on Stable Street.
Hicce – a cutting-edge restaurant from chef Pip Lacey offering an enticing blend of Japanese, Nordic and British food in a buzzy location. (Dogs on leads only).
Lina Stores on Stable Street. The iconic delicatessen and pasta restaurant brings a taste of Italy to their beautiful outside space, where dogs are welcome to sit outside but are only allowed in the deli if you are grabbing a takeaway. (Not in the restaurant).
Vermuteria – Coal Drops Yard. This all-day cafe, restaurant and bar is modelled on the great European bistro.
Who’s a good boy…?
Most of our dog-friendly venues have dog bowls and will happily keep your pooch topped up with lots of fresh water. Some even keep special treats on hand to dish out to good doggies including Lina Stores and Redemption Roasters.
Of course, we do ask that you only bring a dog to a coffee shop or restaurant if it is well behaved, so no barking, toilet accidents, or disrupting other guests.
Regents Canal runs through the neighbourhood and the towpath is a popular spot for dog walkers. Just off Granary Square, Wharf Road Gardens is a wonderfully pleasant walk, with paths winding between lawns and raised beds. Continue through Granary Square and along Bagley Walk and you’ll reach Gasholder Park (shown in the image on the left) – great for a game of fetch.
Lewis Cubitt Park at the top of Stable Street is the largest green space in the neighbourhood. With it’s grassy lawns it’s perfect for a run-around and some ball chasing.
Browse the stalls
At the weekends, head to Canopy Market. The charming little covered market sets up in West Handyside Canopy every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is 100% dog friendly. You and your pooch can browse the stalls, which feature a regularly changing line-up of artisan food and drink, handcrafted art, and independent fashion.
Lower Stable Street at Coal Drops Yard also hosts a weekend market on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.