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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Café

The Queen and Corgi Cafés

During the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II there was heightened interest in what was famously The Queen’s favourite dog, the Corgi.

You can read about my visit to Pop + Bark’s first Corgi Café held to widespread media interest and a fun follow-up Corgi Café I went to since.

Following the accession of The King there is now another breed with a current Royal association to celebrate!

The History of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The King Charles Spaniel originally got its name from its association with King Charles II who reigned in the 1600s and was constantly surrounded by his dogs.

It was later inter-bred with fashionable flat-faced breeds like the Pug and acquired a flatter nose and more domed-shaped head.

A 20th-century attempt to revive what some breeders saw as the original was called the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, as during the English Civil War supporters of the King Charles II were known as Cavaliers.

UK’s First Cavalier Café

I was excited to receive a discount ticket to this as a previous Pop + Bark attendee – I am now a ‘VIP Dog Petter’!

10% of ticket sales from this event were donated and shared between the Prince’s Trust and breed-specific charities.

Fairground Theme

I really liked the ‘Wonderland Carousel’ theme of the venue The Refinery Bankside.

Christmas Dog Treats

It’s always great to see Rudi’s The Doggy Bakery at these events with their exquisite dog cookies updated for the season.

Also there was Raven Imagery and The Crafty Dog Co.

Puppuccino Bar

The signature Pop + Bark Pupuccino bar was of course there to serve puppuccinos with a range of toppings.

The Dog Guests

This is a gentle and affectionate breed so this event had a very sweet and relaxed atmosphere!

More Information on Cavaliers and King Charles Spaniels

I really enjoyed this great event and writing up this blog post which included learning some Dog History!

Cavaliers are wonderful dogs and a great family pet.

Sadly, they do suffer from many serious and painful hereditary diseases so it’s important to be aware of this.

There is really good information from Cavalier Matters and Bliss Cavalier Rescue.

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The Barkery pop-up, Liverpool Street station

I was passing through Liverpool Street station when I saw this new kiosk, The Barkery!

The ‘High Street’ feel was striking as I usually see this kind of business at specialist dog events.

I like the ‘popular foods’ style menu such as the WUFFle, and these Duck and Bangers & Mash cakes.

They company describe themselves like this:

‘We’re creating waves in the Dog industry by opening dog bakeries inside HUMAN shopping malls! (We’ve got you doggies!) Why should we always have the Millies Cookies & The Krispy Kreme! It’s about time we did this for the dogs!’

They currently have eight kiosks around the country in Nottingham, Sheffield, Glasgow, Livingston, Norwich, Watford, Sunderland, and the North East, plus their production unit in Ashfield.

Their range also contains some dog grooming products and dog fashion.

This pop-up is their first store in London.

You can find them in Liverpool Street station until 27 November, and then Charing Cross railway station from 29 November to 2 January.

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Dog Events

Chiswick House Dog Show – 2022

I really enjoyed this event. There was a great atmosphere with lots of people around smiling. I spotted a famous actor that I’m a fan of just enjoying the day with his wife and dog.

Chiswick House Dog Show takes place annually in the grounds of Chiswick House & Gardens. The money raised goes directly to its upkeep so there’s a strong community feel with lots of locals and businesses from Chiswick taking part as well as celebrity judges.

One of the striking things about Chiswick House Dog Show is how many dogs you see – and of every kind – it feels a bit like you’ve gone onto a dog planet.

I met absolute cuddle-monster Ted – can you believe he was saved from a meat market!

The other key feature of Chiswick House Dog Show is the fancy dress element.

This year the theme for the fancy dress class was ‘Harry Pointer and the Philosopher’s Bone’ as it is 25 years since the first Harry Potter book was published.

‘Get yer hat on’ 😂

I caught up with Frank & Beans who you’ll remember I met here. I’d suggested to them then they’d be well-suited to a stall at Chiswick House Dog Show so it was lovely to see that had come to fruition.

Here are some of the other stalls. This is Harbour Hounds

Here’s Pickles & Company

Wolfe Vets who were one of the event sponsors

Chiswick Cinema who are starting dog-friendly screenings

The mysterious and intriguing looking WetNose Club Society

The Country Dog Hotel & Spa

There was a range of great food options. The pizza from The Dough Shack looked really nice and would have been my choice if I had someone to share it with.

Here is Coffee-Bike, one of two coffee options along with Cafe2U.

Here’s Diane Edwards

The Cookie Mill looked divine

The Dog Photographer (Raven Imagery)‘s stall was starting to get me in mind for Christmas! 🎄

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Chelsea Dog Day

This was Chelsea’s first dog festival to celebrate being one of London’s most dog-friendly neighbourhoods.

At the core was The Four Legged Foodies market set up in Duke of York Square, with more than 20 dog food, art and accessories stalls.

More widely, more than 50 brands across Chelsea took part in the festival by holding an in-store activity for dogs.

I’ve written previously about visiting a Four Legged Foodies market, and it was nice to see many of those brands again plus more.

You can find more information on the participant stallholders on the Four Legged Foodies page.

Hilary’s Hounds had a fashion stall.

There was a stall from local favourite Love My Human – you can read more about my previous visit to their shop here.

Dogs Trust had a stall as the event was in support of them and marking ‘International Dog Day’. It made for a nice camaraderie seeing lots of dogs around wearing the yellow Dogs Trust bandanas.

Martine Davis was one of the artists there to paint a pawtrait.

Duke of York Square is right by the Saatchi Gallery and revolves around the 360-degree Vardo restaurant and other luxury cafés, and with so many dogs around there was a wonderful atmosphere.

Every Saturday the Fine Food Market curated by grocer Partridges takes place, so the finest street food and delicacies were on offer for humans too.

A map and whole programme for the day across Chelsea was available.

The Dog Photographer (Raven Imagery) was set up in Peter Jones offering people the chance to pop in for a professional photo portrait of their dog.

Here is Space NK showcasing their range of dog shampoos and offering treats in store.

Here is the new capsule collection for dogs in the BOSS store.

The event was well organised by Gaynor of the Four Legged Foodies, Cadogan Estates, and local resident May of Miss Darcy’s Adventures.

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Corgi Café returns!

Corgis were one of the dominant motifs during the recent Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and in celebration of this historical moment we enjoyed the Pop + Bark Corgi Café event which you can read more about here.

The great news though is this was not just temporary corgi fever! Corgi Café returned for a second event and was again a huge success.

Pop + Bark are dog event specialists and don’t disappoint. The cute bright yellow mini sun lounger at the entrance epitomised the ‘Summer of Love’ Swinging Sixties-inspired theme that they’d chosen for this bash to close out summer.

In a way this event was more relaxed than the Jubilee one.

The location was the plush Devonshire Terrace (a Drake & Morgan location like the first event) just across the road from Liverpool Street station and where you can order from a menu of drinks, coffees and food by scanning the QR code on the table.

The corgi guests ran all over the place with their typically irreverent personalities.

Congregating at the bar:

I tend to think of corgis as small dogs but am always reminded when I encounter them that they are actually quite chunky units!

The original staples of this event were in attendance; Rudi’s the Doggy Bakery, The Crafty Dog Co, The Dog Photographer (Raven Imagery) and the mobile Pop + Bark Pupuccino bar with its range of toppings.

It’s always striking to see that number of corgis out en masse, and as the demand is there hopefully Corgi Café will stay a regular fixture of the Pop + Bark calendar.

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England shirts for dogs ⚽

The England women’s national football team, affectionately known as the Lionesses, are in the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 final this afternoon.

I was in Loughton today – an area I’ve written about before – and saw these in the window of Pet-a-Pawter, one of my favourite pet boutiques.

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Four Legged Foodies Pizza Pawty, Tower Hill

This was organised by the Four Legged Foodies whose Four Legged Foodie Fest I went to previously.

It was at BrewDog Outpost Tower Hill. You’ll probably have heard of BrewDog, they are a brewery and pub chain with strong brand and marketing.

Back in 2020 they teamed up with Ricky Gervais to launch Street Dog, a limited edition Punk IPA with all profits going to charities Dogs On The Streets and All Dogs Matter.

You can book their bars to have a dog pawty!

It was a really enjoyable afternoon. Tower Hill is one of my favourite areas of London.

The pizza was provided by Talula Eats which is fresh, human-grade gourmet food and treats for dogs.

Look at these incredible doggie pizzas!

There was also nice pizza by BrewDog for humans which I liked, it was light and tasty.

Cedric the Pomeranian – who I’d previously met at the Four Legged Foodie Fest – was in attendance.

Most of the dogs there were Pomeranian – this was really a Pizza and Pom party!

There were some other dogs joining the fun too!

At the end the team wrapped some takeaway for dogs who couldn’t make the event.

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Frank & Beans at Pets at Home, Putney

I fell in love with Frank & Beans art instantly when I saw it recently on Instagram.

It’s dog-centred pop art!

I was pleased to see they had an upcoming event, a pop-up at Pets at Home in Putney.

It was nice to meet Natasha and Nigel behind it and I’m sure they have a bright future ahead with this really clever and imaginative art.

Meanwhile I always love a mooch around Pets at Home.

This branch had a Groom Room so of course I had a look through the window at the current client.

Before I got my current job I was thinking of applying for a job at the Groom Room and making my way in the dog-grooming world!

I got a copy of My VIP magazine.

This branch of Pets at Home seems very interactive and regularly hold events in store so I’m sure I will be back there.

Read about my visit to nearby Story Coffee afterwards here.

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Cafés

Story Coffee, SW11

Story Coffee has been on my list to visit since I saw the captivating ghost sign on their front face on Instagram.

I was passing on my way to Pets at Home in Putney for the Frank & Beans art pop-up when I saw it and thought I’d use this opportunity to pop in afterwards.

They describe themselves as ‘quality-obsessed’ and ‘meticulously working to bring the best coffee’ and this was exactly the feel I got.

There’s a precision about the place which you can see as soon as you arrive at the kiosk window and see this lovely stand of neatly-wrapped cakes available.

I was pleased they had Skimmed Milk available.

I had a large Skinny Cappuccino.

I sat at the couple of tables outside and felt very relaxed and peaceful watching customers order at the kiosk while I observed the workings of the barista inside, like a gentle coffee factory.

They also have a larger café space with a brunch menu just down the road in Wandsworth which I also saw on my way.

That’s definitely somewhere I will go and explore.

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Le Pain Quotidien at Southbank Centre

You’ll remember from my visit to St Pancras that I’m a fan of Le Pain Quotidien.

This was a day when I’d already done a café visit and enjoyed a cappuccino, but I found myself journeying through Waterloo and passing through the South Bank so I wanted to stop for another bit of a break.

So I decided to have a tea – yes I also like tea! – I have it plain without milk. And this vegan croissant which was lovely.

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Little Frenchies, Wandsworth

The logo of Little Frenchies is a French bulldog and they’re very dog-friendly.

I loved my visit and hope to go again soon.

What was interesting is Old York Road is pedestrianised and there are lots of cafés with tables outside. The street has such a laid-back feel compared to normal London.

I was lucky to go on such a sunny day though.

Sadly there was no French bulldog there at the time – but there was this big floof.

The service is super-welcoming and I was really happy.

They had Skimmed Milk available, so here is my Skinny Cappuccino, and I also had this squidgy banana muffin.

The brunch options also looked great.

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Corgi Café London by Pop + Bark 👑

The aspect of the Platinum Jubilee I’ve been enjoying most is the corgis everywhere.

This was an event run by dog event connoisseurs Pop + Bark at The Refinery Bankside.

There was their signature excellent Pupuccino Bar, with a variety of toppings available, and cute stalls with exquisite dog biscuits from Rudi’s the Doggy Bakery and outfits from The Crafty Dog Co.

One of my favourite things was the selfie frame of a classic royal memorabilia mug for your corgi to put its head through.

A lot of my photos from the day are just blurred corgis running by.

Good Morning America was in attendance to capture the royal-themed event.

It was actually incredible to see this number of corgis (and corgi butts) and everyone was having a great time at this unique event!

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Anya Houndmarch

Fashion accessories designer Anya Hindmarch is known for her bold, playful designs that transform the everyday into wearable art, such as the Crisp Packet Clutch and the I Am A Plastic Bag tote.

The Village is her collection of five stores on Pont Street, between Chelsea and Belgravia. There is the Bespoke Shop, the Plastic Shop – focused on sustainability, the Labelled Shop – dedicated to the art of organisation, the Anya Café, and the Village Hall.

The Village Hall is a rotating concept store and from 9 April – 15 May is transformed into A.Houndmarch, showcasing the new capsule collection for dogs!

I also popped in to the Anya Café. Inspired by the 1950s British café, here you can find reimaginations of classic biscuits and playful smiley cakes in Anya’s signature style.

It was really nice sitting outside on the terrace getting lots of fresh air.

The coffee was remarkable! A perfectly hot, strong, cappuccino with delicately-flavoured chocolate, and skimmed milk was available.

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Liverpool Special ✨

Paper Cup Coffee is a new part of Liverpool-based charity The Paper Cup Project and offers training for people who have experienced homelessness.

I’ve heard great things since their recent opening and it was mainly to see them I made this trip to Liverpool.

Fortunately they did not disappoint!

Here is the cabinet of their famous cruffins and colourful croissants.

They had Skimmed Milk so I was able to have a nice Skinny Cappuccino.

Someone was having pancakes with fresh blueberries, banana and cream and you can see the good quality food is drawing people in specially.

The café is airy and spacious, and the customer service is really friendly too. I left my hat behind and they got in touch with me via the blog – I went back and got it before the end of the day!

Homebaked Bakery is a community-owned bakery famous for its award-winning pies, right by Anfield stadium. I would love to have visited there but thought it was probably too much for one day. So I went to their new second site inside St George’s Hall.

The café is a charming space inside this grand building, and the exhibition The History Whisperer looks very interesting.

I didn’t try one of the famous pies sadly! The vegetarian ones had just gone in the oven for half an hour. I had a cinnamon swirl instead and a black coffee as they didn’t have Skimmed Milk.

Again this was really nice coffee – I’d happily go to either of these places again.

I couldn’t visit Liverpool without paying a visit to the Lush Liverpool Spa – the largest Lush in the world, with services including the Lush Hair Lab.

I discovered they even have a coffee bar inside!

Then I went round to the Royal Albert Dock.

I think it’s an incredible thing that Liverpool has an International Slavery Museum.

The Maritime Museum looks really interesting too.

On my list to see was a shop called The Nest. This was really lovely and I bought this bag and could not wait to put my things in it!

I popped my head into Rough Hand Made bakery and – as well as giant white chocolate croissants – they have a photo competition/VIP wall of dog visitors!

I went on to Bold Street. Bold Street Coffee was on my list, but it was really buzzing and I didn’t really want to sit in on my own.

Bold Street is apparently renowned for timeslips, and I had a good tip as to where the gateway was – but alas I still seem to be here as normal…

I had to get back for my train at Lime Street so just popped my head into the Walker Art Gallery.

Lots of reasons to go back to Liverpool then, including

  1. Have a Homebaked pie, especially at Anfield
  2. I forgot to pay a coffee forward at Paper Cup – I’m really sorry!
  3. Make it through the Bold Street time portal

Can I come back very soon please? ❤

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Mutts & Mums Brunch at The Magazine

This was an event for Mother’s Day – a brunch for dog mums!

It took place in The Magazine restaurant, in the quirky Zaha Hadid extension of the Serpentine North Gallery in Kensington Gardens, where sustainability and seasonality are at the heart of the kitchen.

On arrival we were treated to coffee and pastries which were deliciously fine and flaky – I was thinking this would definitely be a good choice for a café date.

Teresa from The Dogvine was an excellent host making sure everyone felt comfortable.

Here she is handing out pupcakes baked by Love My Human Townhouse. You can read about my recent visit there too.

Here is a guest treating her dog to a pupcake!

A huge bonus – I won a prize in the raffle! This was a £20 voucher for Little Wolves London who describe themselves as

Apparel & accessories for dog mamas that believe being a dog mama is a lifestyle & vocation chosen with the heart’

In the picture you can see Teresa was wearing their classic Dog Mama t-shirt on the day.

I ordered their sweater that says ‘grateful, thankful, blessed & Dog obsessed’.

For full details of all the amazing partner brands and supporters of the day and lots of photos you can see the post on The Dogvine: Celebrating Dog Mother’s Day at The Mutts and Mum’s Brunch.

All proceeds went to Animal Rescue Kefalonia Shelter (ARK).

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Love My Human Townhouse, Chelsea

Love My Human on the King’s Road is a pet boutique and luxury groomer, and in addition in 2021 they opened a few doors down the Love My Human Townhouse, a dog café with dog crèche and wellness rooms upstairs.

I was worried the atmosphere might be a bit aloof here in such an exclusive area, but there was no need. The staff were really welcoming and there was a laidback atmosphere amongst the other customers.

It definitely has an elegant Chelsea style though.

Look at my Skinny Cappuccino in this cup and saucer!

The food for humans looked really nice and I would happily meet here for a brunch date.

One of the other standout features of this place is their affection for dog ornaments, given my interest in this area!

The boutique is a shopping mecca full of gorgeous gifts for dogs and dog-lovers!

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Doggie First Dates at Romeo & Juliet’s

You will remember from previous posts two of my favourites The Four Legged Foodies and Romeo and Juliet’s café.

This was a collaboration for Valentine’s Day along with Wyld Cub and Hug called Doggie First Dates – ‘a chance for your dog to bring or meet the love of their life over a romantic lunch at this beautiful café’.

Here is Sam the chihuahua looking very cosy in front of a latte!

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The Connaught Patisserie, Mayfair

This Patisserie is a part of the the five-star hotel The Connaught, and what I particularly wanted to see was their signature dog-shaped cake, the Connaughty Hound.

The area is so exclusive that when I arrived I started to get nervous about actually going in.

But when I saw the Patisserie itself, there was a buzz about it with people going in and out and it looked fine to go into.

Inside the atmosphere was welcoming and comfortable and I decided to take a table.

A lot of the customers and staff are French and speak in French which I love.

The Connaughty Hound is even more impressive when you see it – it has a whole aura about it!

I was pleased they have Skimmed Milk and here is my Skinny Cappuccino. It did cost £7.50 but it was actually superb coffee and I really enjoyed my visit.

Currently they also have available to order a galette des rois. This is a cake with a strong tradition in France, to celebrate the Epiphany. It is typically a puff pastry filled with frangipane, and a small charm called a fève is hidden inside – whoever finds it gets to wear the paper crown.

In this version you will find a miniature figure of the Connaughty Hound!

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Romeo & Juliet’s Café for Dog Lovers, Hampstead Garden Suburb

This place opened in October this year.

I absolutely adored my visit there. I will definitely be going back soon and hope you visit too as they deserve success!

As soon as I walked in it had a really nice warm baked smell, the staff were very welcoming to me, the other customers looked happy and there were some dogs barking and causing gentle chaos.

I don’t often find cafés where I genuinely like the coffee and food but here the quality was impeccable.

You might not expect this particularly of a dog café which might rely on a kind of novelty value.

They had Skimmed Milk so here is my Skinny Cappuccino. Look how perfect it is!

Next time, I am definitely going to get something to eat as the food looked great too.

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Dog Ornaments Update

A few little pieces to update you with.

I went to see Manor – you can read more about my interest in this here. I took this photo of Shaun Evans afterwards with Beth.

I also decided to buy myself a little present.

I discovered this jewellery brand And Mary a while ago on my visit to Walthamstow Wetlands.

I bought the Black King Charles Spaniel necklace as a treat.

And I visited the Animal SOS Sri Lanka charity shop again that I wrote about.

They had some new dog ornaments.

I particularly like the little glass dog on the left, partly because Manor has got me thinking about The Glass Menagerie a bit.