Wallace & Gromit's Guide to London
Packed with world-class attractions and riveting museums, and liberally sprinkled with green spaces, England’s capital is a grand choice for a holiday with your favourite hound.
allace and Gromit are off to the big cheese! Follow in their footsteps on a visit to London with your own cheeky chappie and you’ll find there’s no end of things to see and do. From historic landmarks recognised the world over and some of the best museums on the planet, to shops galore, iconic London buses and acre upon acre of green tree-filled spaces, it’s a capital place for a doggy break.
Cracking things to see and do
One of the best ways to drink in the sights is to hop on a red bus. Try the No. 9 past Harrods and Trafalgar Square or the No. 24 through Westminster, which takes in the Houses of Parliament. With more than 3,000 parks and open spaces, London is also a top spot for a frolic with your four-footed chum. Head for St James’s Park, near Buckingham Palace, where you can take in the spectacle of Changing the Guard , or Hampstead Heath, glorious for a game of ball with your pal on a hot summer’s day.
When it comes to attractions, invention-mad Wallaces will relish a visit to the Science Museum *, with its seven floors of scientific innovation. Or make tracks for the Tower of London *. Once an infamous prison and today home to the Crown Jewels, it’s probably just as well that dogs aren’t allowed – we wouldn’t want that diamond-thieving Feathers McGraw getting Gromit locked up again!
Gromit-friendly places to stay
Sandwiched between the Royal Parks, The Athenaeum is a cracking choice for your chum. Not only will they give him his own bed and bowl, they also provide a map of doggie walks around the parks. Your canine chum will also be pampered at The Bermondsey Square Hotel where doggy beds and bowls are readily provided. For a lower budget option, shake a paw to the Travelodge Waterloo , or Travelodge Battersea , a stick’s throw from Battersea Park. Or head out to Best Western Bromley Court , just a 25-minute train ride from town, where you and your pooch can run around in the two acres of landscaped gardens.
Time for tea
The capital is the quintessential place to savour that most English of institutions, afternoon tea. For a memorable treat, head for an elegant hotel, like the Goring *, voted top in the 2013 Tea Guild awards. With a roaring fire in winter and heavenly garden in summer, it’s the ultimate tea-lovers experience. Afterwards pop into Twinings * on the Strand, with its miniscule museum and ponder over its vast selection of leaves. Cheese aficionados will also be spoilt for choice at La Fromagerie * . Or for a companionable pint, hop on a tube to the mutt-friendly Prince’s Head right on Richmond Green, perfect for pre-pub walkies.
*Sorry, no dogs
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