Basil turned four in September, so when I was asked if I’d like to review the luxury lodgings at dog-friendly 9 Hertford Street in London, I thought 'what better way to spoil his Lordship'.
9 Hertford Street is a collection of luxury apartments set within a beautiful townhouse in the heart of Mayfair. Situated between Green Park and Shepherd Market – an upscale and super dog-friendly London village, filled with cafes, restaurants, Victorian pubs, boutiques and art galleries, it’s our kind of hound and human hangout.
Upon arrival we received a warm reception from our host Vladamir, who fussed over Basil before he took us up to our spacious apartment – one of their Capital Classics suites, complete with a large lounge, dining area, a handy kitchen and a very inviting bed. Basil’s was catered for too, with a welcome pack of Lily’s Kitchen dog food, sleeping mat, bowl, toys, wipes, treats and poo bags.
Once we’d settled in, we headed out for fun and to let Basil let off some steam in Green Park with our pal Rachel, of Rachel Oates Pet Photography, who always captures his best side. My other half, Stuart, met us after work at the apartment with a chilled bottle of wine, which we enjoyed in the comfort of our lounge, while Basil re-charged ahead of his night on the tiles and got a quick freshen up in the bath. We had a great evening, followed by a wonderful wake-up where we stuck on our let’s pretend shoes, and hung out like locals in this prestigious area of London. Scroll past the pictures for the breakdown of 24 hours of dog-friendliness in Mayfair, including a visit to the Kennel Club’s Art Gallery.
WALK: the closest open space is Green Park. Walk straight across the park and you’ll find Buckingham Palace. Walk a little further and you’re in Hyde Park. Be warned though, there are LOADS of squirrels so if your dog is prone to losing his marbles in pursuit of those bushy tails (like Basil), stick to a lead walk.
EAT: The Market Tavern in Shepherd’s Market, for gastro pub grub and plenty of love for your dog. I had Arancini to start, and pan-fried supreme of corn-fed chicken, dauphinoise potatoes, green beans and red wine jus for my main. With aperitifs, dinner and wine, the bill was around £90. For more information and to book > Themarkettavernmayfair.co.uk
DRINK: The Shepherd Market Wine House. We stopped for a nightcap at this charming bar come wine shop. Basil received an amorous reception from the bar’s resident rover – Oscar the Daxie, while we chatted to the head sommelier and manager Ben Van de Meutter, who handpicks some of the best wines from across the world. For more information > Shepherdmarketwinehouse.co.uk
DO: The Kennel Club’s Art Gallery. By appointment, you can visit The Kennel Club’s HQ with your dog to see the largest collection of dog paintings in Europe. The building itself is a real treat and I really enjoyed browsing the gallery with Basil. We saw the Crufts Trophy, as well as lots of beautiful paintings, trinkets, figurines, brassware, photography and more, all in homage to hounds. As well as their permanent collection, the gallery rotates themed exhibitions throughout the year. We browsed Canine Trailblazers: Dogs in Exploration, which is on show until 13th January 2017, and rounded up our tour in the club’s library, where the helpful librarian located Basil’s pedigree details in their Breed Records Supplement. For more information and to book > Thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/the-art-gallery
SHOP: gift your dog with some new outdoor clothing and apparel, or a new toy and treats at Orvis UK’s flagship store, which is about a 10 minute walk from 9 Hertford Street, straight down Piccadilly. Dogs are welcome. For more information > Orvis.co.uk
CAFFEINATE: we got our fix with premium coffee and sweet treats at Café 10 on Shepherd Street. For more info > Facebook.com/tenshepherdstreet
STAY: 9 Hertford Street. Built in 1769 by Henry Holland, Architect to the Prince Regent and later King George IV, this Grade II listed townhouse is privately owned and managed so you’ll receive plenty of personal attention from your hosts. Being apartments, there are no restaurant facilities on site so if you want to grab a few bits for the fridge there’s an M&S Food by Green Park tube (nearest tube to the accommodation) and a Tesco Express at the back of Shepherd Market.
9 Hertford Street’s drill with dogs… they can be left in the apartment alone but staff request good behaviour in the common areas. If you want to pop out to hit the city’s shops for the day or go sightseeing, a dog walking service can be arranged, as well as grooming services should your dog require a freshen up. Prices per night range from £340 upwards. To enquire and book your dog-friendly stay at 9 Hertford Street, visit > Hertfordstreet.com
VERDICT: pedigree dog, pedigree postcode, pedigree experience!
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