Paws for thought. I took my dog to work in London for a day.
Way back into pre-history dogs have been man’s best friend. They’ve lived and worked alongside us and kept us save at night when danger reared its head. However, in modern day, I feel that this relationship sadly gets pushed to the side-lines and the poor pooch is often left to sit in an empty house while we go about our daily business.
Living in Staffordshire and working all across the country it is, more often than not, impossible for Milo to don his PA hat and join me on a business trip. However, when there is even the slightest possibility that he’s able to join me for a snuggle in what is otherwise often a quite lonely hotel room, I will do everything that I can to make sure that he’s travelling by my side.
So, as I sat down to plan for the week ahead I realised that this week could, if I pulled a few strings, result in my furry friend joining me for a day of work in the city.
I knew that I had planned to visit friends in Bristol at the weekend which meant that I was already down in the south ready for a meeting in Wimbledon, London on the Monday. That’s a long time to go without any slobbery kisses.
I looked for an Airbnb – nothing. Everywhere was fully booked for the Easter break. It was looking unlikely.
Then I searched for dog-friendly hotels in the area and found The Lodge Hotel in Putney. I quickly booked a room and started to pack my case – dog walking attire and poo bags now a firm requirement.
In attractive, tree-lined Putney with free parking and elegant interiors, The Lodge Hotel is just a few minutes' walk from East Putney Tube Station.
It offers free Wi-Fi and a stylish bar, and is 5 minutes' drive from the River Thames.
Wimbledon is just 5 minutes away by car or Tube, whilst central London is a 20-minute Tube journey from East Putney Station.
Putney’s town centre, with bars and shops, is 0.5 miles away.
We were welcomed by a very friendly concierge who was over the moon to meet Milo – much to the delight of my fur baby who happily lay on his back for tummy tickles. We checked in were given a ground-floor room for ‘easy dog-wee access’ he said with a wink.
The room itself was clean and spacious. It lacked added extras (such as a cosy dressing gown and slippers) but, I suppose in this case I’d brought the additional room contents on a lead. Milo had his own little doggy boudoir come study with space for his bed.
As we’d got there quite late in the evening, I didn’t really fancy venturing out to find somewhere dog-friendly. Instead, I opted to stay at the hotel and eat in their on-site restaurant, Hide and Seed.
Hide and Seed is a farm-to-table restaurant which serves 100% homemade seasonal food, including dishes from the Robata Grill in a relaxing lounge, and guests can sit with a book in the hotel's own library.
As a vegetarian, I must admit that I was fairly disappointed with the menu offering. I ordered the sole offering on there – a mushroom and sweet potato gnocchi - which was quite plan and severely lacking when it came to a sauce of any variety. However, the team made up for the slight disappointment in food, making sure that Milo was looked after the whole time.
The next day, after a relaxing evening and a good night's sleep, we ventured out for a day of work feeling refreshed and happy before later travelling the long journey back home to the countryside - now both dog tired.
For anyone else contemplating a night away in the big smoke, I highly recommend this hotel and its fantastic, warm team.