The most pet-friendly European cities for 2021 have been featured in a new report from mortgage experts.dinero.es And with its 164 dog-friendly parks, 240 animal care facilities and 172 pet kennels, dog-friendly London has become the deserved leader of the pack.
HeReport on pet-friendly citiesRanked 20th among Europe's most densely populated cities, it ranks for its animal-friendly credentials; such as public transport travel, pet-friendly rentals and city center veterinary treatment options to determine which European cities are best for pets.
The study then assigned each city in the index a score using a weighted ranking system that reveals the most pet-friendly cities in Europe, with London being the clear leader, as can be seen in the ranking below...
Why is London the most pet-friendly city in Europe?
According to the report, London is the most pet-friendly city in Europe, scoring 82.5 out of 100 thanks to its fabulous parks and green spaces, pet shops and, of course, London's pet-friendly public transport network. for dogs.
Paris pups will be happy to know that the French capital comes second on the list, scoring 71 out of 100 for green spaces, with 163 parks welcoming their four-legged friends.
In third place, Rome rounds out the top 3 with a score of 57.5 out of 100, with 39 pet groomers, 29 pet daycare centers and, not surprisingly, given Italy's love of fashion and shopping, 129. pet stores where you can buy anything for your pet.
Pet-friendly London is leader of the pack
The Pet Friendly Cities Report created an initial list of the most populous European cities and considered the following 10 pet friendly elements to determine the ranking:
- Number of vets (viafve.org)
- Barbers (via Yelp)
- Pet daycare (via Petbacker)
- Parks (via TripAdvisor)
- Dogs are allowed on public transport
- Pet stores (via Yelp)
- Number of pet-friendly furnished rentals (via Nestpick)
- Number of dog-friendly restaurants (via BringFido)
- Highest monthly average temperature (via climate data)
- Lowest monthly average temperature (via climate data)
The main strengths of pet-friendly London were its parks, pet shops and the public transport system. It's no secret that London is known for its green spaces and parks. The best known is of course Hyde Park, but with green spaces covering around half of Greater London, no dog-friendly park or green space will be too far away no matter where in the city you live.
Taking care of your dog's most important needs is not a problem either. There are a whopping 240 pet shops and 172 pet daycare options in London, that is, even if you're not lucky enough to work from home or in adog friendly office in londonYou don't have to leave your dog home alone.
Last but not least, the fact that dogs are welcome on all London buses, trains and tubes was also a key factor in securing the top spot.
How dog friendly is London?
While the reporting methodology for pet-friendly cities used a defined set of criteria, people who have lived in many of these cities may disagree with the ranking based on their own personal experiences. For example, we've heard from several people who think that Rome is much more dog-friendly than London.
I decided to do my own poll and communicate with our audience in ours.London Facebook Group for Dogsand oursInstagramto see what people thought. This was clearly an emotional issue, with passionate responses in favor of certain cities. However, when asked which was the best pet-friendly city in Europe (out of the top 4 cities ranked in the Money.co.uk report), the results were the same: 63% of respondents voted London it was the city with the most pets. friendly city of Europe.
Personal experiences are clearly crucial for a city to be perceived as dog-friendly, and negative experiences play an important role. However, these experiences, of course, can vary greatly from person to person.
Although London tops the list, many people said they would like to see more dog-friendly shops, restaurants and cafes in London, especially compared to other European cities.
Speaking from personal experience, since we started The Dogvine we have seen a growing number of dog-friendly restaurants and cafes and a growing repertoire of dog-friendly activities in London.
As seen at many of our London dog shows here at The Dogvine, most weekends (post-lockdown periods) you are spoiled for choice as to what to do with your dog in London, and we must also acknowledge how lucky we are . are to have this. If you're looking for inspiration on this front, check out ours.Guide to the best things to do with dogs in London, which features over 30 of the best things to do with dogs in London, but in the meantime here are some highlights...
Dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in London
While an increasing number of restaurants are more than happy if your dog can eat with you, some dog-friendly London restaurants and cafes will even go so far as to offer your pup their own canine menu. OurGuide to the best dog foods in Londonit will make your dog drool with joy.
Attractions for dogs in London
One of the fabulous things to do with dogs in London is to visit the famous Tower Bridge, and the best of all isYour dog can accompany you to Tower Bridge, 42 meters above the Thames. As London's only dog-friendly indoor tourist attraction, this is a must-see on your list of dog-friendly activities in London.
As long as you have a head for heights, a ride on the Emirates Air Line is also another fun thing to do with your dog. HeEmirates Air Line FAQstate that you must take your dog with you, but as long as your dog is well behaved, the cable car staff are usually flexible.
Things to do with dogs in London
Dogs in London are lucky to be spoiled for choice when it comes to canine activities in the capital. Most weekends you have the option of dog friendly lunches,Dog meeting in London,Dog-friendly London cinemaodog bingoto choose from, which means your dog can have as much of a social life as you do.
For pups and people who love the outdoors, why not treat yourself to aDog-friendly River Thames CruiseoRegent's Channelif you are adventurous
of course there are manyParks, walks and other free activities for dogsto enjoy too.
Afternoon Tea for Dogs in London
There's nothing more typically English than afternoon tea in London, apart from dog-friendly London afternoon tea! Afternoon tea with your dog is one of our favorite pastimes and a real treat to enjoy together. And if you wonder where to go, we have prepared one.Guide to the best afternoon teas for dogs in Londonto help you plan your next doggy afternoon tea with your furry friend.
Dog events in London
London normally has a busy dog show scene with an average of over 30 dog shows taking place in the capital every month – that's more than one for every day of the year! Once restrictions are lifted, you can schedule your dog's diary with oursLondon events calendar for dogswhich lists dog shows, meetings, luncheons and more happening in and around the capital.
London's dog-friendly public transport system
Many people living in London do not have a car by choice or circumstance. Fortunately, dogs of all sizes are welcome on London buses, trains and the Underground. In fact, last year the London Underground became thethe most dog-friendly public transportin the world to contribute to the dog-friendly awards of the capital.
Hands (and paws) down Our favorite way to travel around London with a dog is on the Thames Clipper. With panoramic river views, spacious boats for traveling in style, and the fact that Thames Clipper is happy to welcome dogs on board, this is the perfect way to get around London with your pup. Would you like to enjoy the view of the river with your dog? so oursThames Clipper feature suitable for dogsis what you need
Living in London with a dog: how to find a pet-friendly apartment in London
If you are a dog owner living in London or thinking of moving to London, then one of the questions that probably comes to mind is how to find dog friendly accommodation in London, especially if you are renting.
Renting with dogs in London is not easyand investigateYouGov y Mars Petcarerevealed that two-thirds of private tenants live under strict pet contracts.
However, the good news is that renting with pets in London is becoming easier with many developments now placing a special emphasis on pet-friendly. If you are looking for a flat to rent in London with your dog, we have prepared one for youGuide to renting with a dog in Londonwith apps, agents, developments and more to help you find a place to rent in London with your dog.
Discover the best of dog-friendly London
It's great that London is being recognized as Europe's best pet-friendly city and we hope this encourages more restaurants, cafes and shops to recognize the value of being dog-friendly. Here at The Dogvine our goal is to bring you the latest in dog-friendly London news, events and activities, and we look forward to seeing London continue to be dog-friendly!
Join our...London Facebook Group for Dogsfor the latest tips on canine activities to do in London with your dog.
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