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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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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.

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BBC Children in Need at Greggs

I love the Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need which always presents some incredibly inspiring stories.

Greggs and BBC Children in Need celebrate their 15th year of partnership in 2021.

There is some Pudsey merchandise available to buy in store.

They also have Pudsey – and his friend Blush – cakes and biscuits.

I picked up a Vegan Sausage Roll while I was there.

You can also donate to the Greggs Foundation in purchasing the Jammy Heart biscuit.

The BBC Children in Need Appeal Show is on 19th November.

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New Starbucks Iced Gingerbread Biscuit

There is one in the shape of the famous Starbucks cup, and a new version of the Bearista ❤

Here it is on the menu

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Animal SOS Sri Lanka

I had to go to a work event in Chingford and was having a look around the area.

As you know I have taken an interest in dog ornaments in charity shops. So I was pleased to walk past this wonderful pair!

Then I saw this was an animal charity shop.

Inside I met Kim Cooling, the founder of Animal SOS Sri Lanka. Her vision and commitment is incredible.

The shop itself is really well-run and has lots of great clothes, books, records, DVDs, ornaments, crockery and more.

And there were even more super dog ornaments!

I took a copy of their newsletter and gave them a donation for it.

I also went to Caffè Nero for a Skinny Latte (I find their Cappuccino a bit strong) with some shortbread biscuits.

A super day!

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Little Brown Dog

This novel is based on the real historical event of the ‘Brown Dog affair’.

In 1903, two feminist and anti-vivisectionist activists, Lizzy Lind af Hageby and Leisa Schartau, having infiltrated a lecture by William Bayliss of the Department of Physiology of University College London, alleged they witnessed him perform a cruel vivisection on an inadequately-anaesthetised brown terrier dog.

Prominent barrister Stephen Coleridge supported them and publicly accused Bayliss of torture.

Bayliss sued for libel at The Royal Courts of Justice.

The anti-vivisectionists commissioned a bronze statue of the dog as a memorial, unveiled in 1906 at the Latchmere Recreation Ground in the progressive area of Battersea.

The medical establishment was enraged by the statue, and medical students led attacks of vandalism against it, which inflamed into riots where they clashed against a coalition including suffragettes and trade unionists.

The novel is a fictional, imagined version of the lives of the two key female activists.

Wealthy Lena Hageby welcomes Eliza Blackwood to live with her. After what they witness at the lecture they become devoted to the cause of the little brown dog. However Eliza is also in love with conflicted medical student Jack Forsyth.

One of their first dates is in a Lyons’ tea shop. This novel is in many ways a love-letter to London – but not shy of the perennial themes of over-crowdedness, inequality and pollution.

The whole time reading this book, in my head I was watching it as a film. I really believe there is a great film to be made here! The writer herself has said she first wrote the book as a screenplay. The style I was imagining was Finding Neverland (2004) or Miss Potter (2006). A film might prefer a happy ending, though in the book the story takes a turn at the end which is uncomfortable and bittersweet.

I have found it extraordinary to discover the history of the ‘Brown Dog affair’.

The statue remains controversial. After the fate of the original in 1910, a new statue created by Nicola Hicks was unveiled in Battersea Park in 1985, which was again taken down in 1992, before finally being reinstated in 1994 to a more secluded area of the park.

This very special and beautiful book has captured a story we ought to know.

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England’s Lane, Belsize Park

A really charming spot, I found England’s Lane welcoming and convivial, with a gallery-café vibe.

Here is my Skinny Cappuccino.

They have fresh cakes and pastries on display in flavours including Carrot & Pistachio and Coconut & Spinach, and lovely brunch offerings such as scrambled eggs or toasted bagels.

There is this nook on the side for takeaway orders.