One of Barkarama’s favourite rover retailers – Bow Wow London in Covent Garden has scooped London’s Best Loved Shop in Time Out’s Love London Awards. And that’s not just the most-loved dog shop but THE most loved shop in all of London town so they really are top of the pups!
Over 75,000 votes were cast against 5,000 venues competing to win top of their category (cafes, restaurants, shops, local culture and votes) so for a pet boutique that opened just over two years ago it’s pretty much like winning Best in Show at Crufts.
We were fortunate to have Bow Wow on our daily doorstep having previously worked in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden where the shop is based but if you’ve not yet checked them out you must! With an attention-grabbing A-Board reading ‘Dog Shop’ outside the store you immediately feel welcome and while it might only be small in its proportions, this boutique certainly packs a punch. Bow Wow London stocks a great range of petwear, accessories, fun costumes (we LOVE the Nutty Squirrel), beds, bowls, toys and grooming products, as well as seasonal products for times like Halloween and Christmas. Plus Basil’s favourite – gourmet treats and food but obviously of the healthy and human-grade quality kind. To appeal to UK and overseas visitors, they also stock Union Jack themed products such as a knitted sweater, collar, lead and soft bone.
However, it's not just the products that keep pups and their people flocking back for more, and achieving their Tim Out Win. There’s always a fun window display to ‘dogle’ at with past themes including a doggie disco, street graffiti art and Christmas by the fireplace to name but a few. Four-legged visitors are also rewarded for their patronage with a Chicken and Pollock Sandwich treat and the staff are more than happy to point you in the direction of dog-friendly eateries, watering holes and local dog walkers if you’re in town for the day or a stay with your pup.
Commenting on their Time Out London Award win, owners Jason Maddocks and Taro Takeuchi (pictured below with their dog Barney) say: “It’s incredible to think that after only two and half years, we have been awarded London’s Most Loved Shop. We are thrilled! Every day spent in the shop is a joy - people’s faces light up when they see our range and through our local clientele, we have really built a wonderful furry family. This win is the best Christmas present we could have received.”
We wholeheartedly recommend you go see what all the fuss is about at Bow Wow London, which is located at 50A Earlham Street, WC2H 9LA - tell them Barkarama said hi! The ‘dog shop’ is open daily from 11-7pm Monday to Saturday and 12-5pm on Sundays. Their online boutique is open 24:7 at Bowwowlondon.org.