If you’re looking for things to do for animal lovers in London, then you have come to the right place.
We here at Wrangle are big animal fans and also believe that some of the best secret things to do in London are perfect for all you pet lovers out there.
There are so many new activities that are popping up that you just have to try out.
We’ve listed a whole range to try from Zoos to Wetland Centres. You can try getting more active and go for a run with your pet or try puppy yoga (one of our faves!). If you want something more relaxed, we’ve also listed activities such as afternoon tea at a cat café.
Regardless of whether you are a dog or cat or whatever person, we’ve listed activities suited for animal lovers of all kinds.
If you were deprived of animal experiences as a kid and still yearn to fill the fluffy sized whole in your heart these animal lover experiences are for you. Maybe your parents were too strict … too OCD … or just simply allergic, but this should not stop you from getting your daily dosage of fluffy cuddles.
For those who are lucky enough to have their own pet, we’ve explored and listed some new activities for you. From hot spots to walk your pet to dog treat making, there are lots of great ways to strengthen the bond you have with your pet.
Doggy yoga is the ultimate goal in achieving relaxation. Through meditation and stetch you release the stress in your body, and through interactions with the tiny pups you release the stress in your mind and heart. There literally is no better way to find inner peace then yoga with dogs. Dog yoga is also a great way to get a good Instagram!
If you’re looking for Instagrammable places in London check out our blog … Top 7 most Instagram places in London, Shoreditch.
There are three main companies that offer Dog Yoga in London; DogaMahny, The Real Dog Yoga and Yoga Paws UK.
DogaMahny’s mission is to support the natural bond you have with your dog through the practice of yoga. It’s based on the book Doga; Yoga for You and Your Dog written by Mahny Djahanguiri. She is the leading founder of Doga and has great expertise on the practice of combining Yoga with dog bonding. They encourage and welcome beginners and people of all levels, with the main focus on finding peace and releasing tension. They offer events regularly in Primrose Hill.
The Real Dog Yoga is a training program teaching dogs to express and hold specific body postures, expressions and actions that stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and help them to become or remain calm. Therefore, this yoga is more for the pooch then the person. It also helps support the pet-owner dynamic so is a great way to get more in touch with your dog.
Yoga Paws UK is a combination of yoga and puppy petting. They host small intimate groups of around 15-25 people led by experienced Yoga teachers. The puppies are invited into the class to be played with and cuddled. It’s great for the dogs as it socialises them in a calm and stress-free environment before they move onto their new owners. Do note that for health and safety reasons you must be over 18 in order to attend their classes (really sorry if this is heart breaking for some you, however it makes it a great idea for an 18th birthday present!). They book up super quickly though, so make sure you are on it when it comes to booking in advance.
Wrangle tip: It’s a good idea to join the email list or follow Yoga Paws UK on Instagram in order to know when the new class dates are release and book before they sell out.
Cat Cafes are a great way to explore your love of cats for those unable to own cats. The cats are well looked after and loved by their owners, who make sure this is a safe environment for both the cats and visitors. The cats’ benefit from the extra attention whilst you who are visiting get to see their cute little paws and whiskers.
Whiskers and Cream offer luxury cat café dining experiences. With an emphasis on elegance, this truly is fancy dining. Think The Aristocats, but even fancier. They have a variety of options and are very accessible; catering to vegans, vegetarians, dairy free and gluten free customers. They also source their food locally, helping support the community and sustainability. We would particularly recommend their hot chocolates; they’re super light, frothy and chocolately. You can go online and see the profile of the cats they have in house. Although this must come with a warning as you will be sure to fall in love with their huge, friendly eyes.
Address: Whiskers & Cream, 593 Holloway Road, London, N19 4DJ
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is the UK’s longest running Cat Cafe. Guests can enjoy a drink, cake or a full High Tea service in their Wonderland-themed tearooms, joined by their clowder of wonderful rescue cats. Lady Dinah’s Cat emporium hosts some seriously cool interiors, almost movie set like, which are great for putting on your Instagram. They have strict rules to protect the safety of their cats; including no children under the age of 12, small groups of 6 people maximum and no lifting up the cats. It is also very important if you want to visit here that you book in advance as dates sell out quickly. The way it works is that you book a reservation in advance, with the style of visit you wish to enjoy. They also offer gift vouchers, which is a great present idea for all you cat enthusiasts out there. Go check out their website https://www.ladydinahs.com/ for the latest mews.
Address: Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, 152-154, Bethnal Green Rd, London, E2 6DG
ZSL London Zoo
ZSL London Zoo is based inside Regents Park, London Zoo is a must-see attraction for animal lovers.
They have Giraffe watching platforms, The Land of the Lions and Penguins to name a few of their animal activities. In fact, they have over 20,000 animals housed at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Zoo.
Wrangle tip: If you are currently stuck at home and getting FOMO you can take a virtual tour of London Zoo. With various animal antics and behind-the-scenes updates this is the perfect watch for all you animal lovers. We would recommend you check out the birthday celebrations of Elio, their Sloth (super adorable!).
If you hate creepy crawlies as much as we do here at Wrangle, then we’d recommend skipping the BUGS exhibit and walk-in spider enclosure. For some it can be a PTSD filled blur of spindly legs and much worse. This is the only place in the world that has a walk-in spider enclosure, and for a lot of us I think we understand why (yikes!). Honestly, this sounds like something dreamt up in a nightmare where you envision the spiders crawling all over you. However, if you are fan of these little critters, this is a one-of-a-kind, unique experience. ZSL also offers taking a #SpiderSelfie with their eight-legged, Golden Orb Spider friends. They house a fantastic range of bugs and small invertebrates, from the Fen Raft Spider to the Tarantula. Get this you can even have a sleep over with the Bugs. Their events room can be rented out to clients for events and houses up to 200 guests for special occasions.
For a donation-based charity visiting ZSL London Zoo is also a great way to give back and help support the animal community.
Wrangle tip: If you are thinking of Instagram worthy places to go, we would particularly recommend the Moon Jellyfish exhibit. Their iridescent glow makes them the perfect back drop for some spooky, yet flattering lighting.
If you’re looking for more instagrammable places in London check our blog … 7 Most Instagrammable Spots in Shoreditch, London.
Address: ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Parks, Outer Cir, London, NW1 4RY
SEALIFE London Aquarium
Fancy going under the sea? Then SEALIFE London Aquarium is the perfect place for you! Well not literally under the sea, but you can’t really go deep sea diving in London, so this is the closest thing to it!
The London Aquarium is home to over 10, 000 little critters (and some slightly bigger, razor sharp-toothed critters). If you fancy the latter, you should definitely check out the shark walk. However, if you’re more interested in Finding Nemo then you should head to the Ocean Tunnel to see turtles, clown fish and more.
For most people, fish may not be the greatest pets out there. The usual story of the pet fish is short-lived and unadventurous. Maybe they were won at fair or were a first attempt at learning some responsibility. However, the London Aquarium houses so much more than just some fish in a tank. They have mysterious deep-sea creatures like eels or octopuses, and they even have penguins. So, don’t underestimate or count this out a good activity to do in London.
Address: SEALIFE London Aquarium, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Bishop’s, London, SE1 7PB
London Wetland Centre
The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) London Wetland Centre is the shelter for many birds but also some seriously cute otters. You can even get to watch the otters being fed, which take placed at 11am and 2pm.
Wrangle tip: Be warned though otters, although adorable, are really smelly.
Did you know that otters fluff up their babies so they’re more buoyant? When the babies are born, they can’t swim very well so the parents have to protect them before they learn. This is why baby otters look like little fluff balls. Go check out Blue Planet 2 on Netflix if you want to watch them do this. We would highly recommend as its also voiced by the one, the only David Attenborough (what a Legend!).
Anyway, aside over, and back to the London Wetland Centre. It’s a large nature reserve based in Barnes right on the banks of the River Thames. Bring your hiking shoes though as you’ll be in for a bit of walk.
Address: London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT.
Go to the Pub with your pet
There are many dog friendly pubs in London, so why not take your pet with you, kick back with a pint and relax. If you’re unsure about whether you’ll be allowed to bring your dog, we recommend having a quick google of the local pubs in your area to see what their policies are.
This can also be a great way to meet new people, as your dog creates an open conversation for people to get to know you. Particularly amongst dog owners this can work a treat, as you fill the awkwardness of meeting a person for the first time by engaging in topics relating to your dog.
What bread is she? … How old is he? … Isn’t puppy school a nightmare?
Wrangle tip: If you are unsure you can always check out the reviews on google to give you a hint at whether the pub you intend on going to is dog friendly.
Dog Treat Making
YOKO Dog Treat Making offer a great opportunity to learn more about your pet. YOKO offers dog treat making workshops focusing on nutritional value and organic foods that you can use to make your own dog foods.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of busy London life this is a great way to get more in touch with nature and your pets.
The recipes and tips they provide can all be used at home to recreate the treats. This is a great way to start investing in a more sustainable source of food for your pets. Just one step in many to creating a more eco-friendly impact on the environment and reducing your carbon footprint.
They go into great depths on the ingredients, like how they are made and where they come from. Half of the recipes involve dehydrating the treats, which you will make in house and then they send to you afterwards. The other half of the treats you can take home and bake yourself.
Based in Shoreditch, the duration of the classes is roughly 90 minutes and will cost you £45. Make sure to book in advance as the classes fill up quickly!
Wrangle tip: Food making workshops are also a great way to meet new, like-minded people.
Address: YOKO, The Boiler House, Truman Market, 152 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU
Go to the Park with your pet
If you fancy taking your pet on a stroll (and absolutely no judging what kind of pet it is) why not nipped down to the park. Some of the parks in London are the prettiest you can find. We would particularly recommend the parks in East London.
Article Link: A Guide to London’s Best Parks
Going back to the whole pet on a leash thing, honestly if you want to take your pet to the park, be it whatever animal it may be – then why not! We here at Wrange have seen cats having a day out on the beach, hamsters sitting in on English Lessons and bunnies on strolls along the sidewalk. So long as you are not in danger of losing them, it can be a really positive experience for you and your pet.
Wrangle tip: If you plan on taking your pet on a walk to the park make sure you prepare first; some parks might not allow pets or require leashes and its always important to have a doggy bag in hand to keep our parks clean for the local communities.
Dog walking has become a bit of craze recently. During Lockdown you will have heard of loads of funny stories of people borrowing pets in Spain just to get one extra bit of exercise a day.
Even before this dog walking had almost become a new form of therapy. To be fair the relaxation of looking into their precious eyes is heart-warming enough to vet this as a healing experience.
If you’re lucky enough to already have a dog feel free to take them wherever you may please. If not and as child you were deprived of this valuable experience don’t worry this does not have to stop you from being able to do so.
You can borrow other people’s dogs, or let other people borrow your dog on the app Borrow My Doggy. Borrow my Doggy is great because it supplies those people who have never had the chance to have a pet with the opportunity. On the flip side it also facilitates the needs of pet owners who may struggle to find the time to walk their dog as much as it needs. It’s a great idea for helping build communities that support each other.