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Dream Destinations for Dogs

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Visitors to our stores might well have had the pleasure of meeting Jake, our resident company dog/ mascot, as he’s a regular fixture/ star attraction who enjoys nothing more than accompanying his owner, Robert, to Futon Company store visits up and down the country. And if you cast your mind back to last year’s London Design Festival, visitors to the Futon Company stand at Tent 2015 might also have met him there. In fact, we can’t help but notice just how many of our four-legged friends seem to be out and about right now. We love this trend for pet-friendly places and found an article in a back-copy of Elle Decoration that shows the magazine shares our passion for pets, featuring 10 stylish pet-friendly places to visit. Here’s what they say…

Chiltern Firehouse: Andre Balazs’ hip hangout allows canines. So if you spot a celeb, don’t forget to keep an eye out for their four-legged friends as well

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel: Dogs are welcome while you enjoy tea in the hotel’s elegant Hansom Lounge, or you can pay a £50 supplement for them to stay overnight. Elle Decoration recommends the St Pancras Pooch City Break (from £740 per night); a Woof Box of treats will be waiting when you arrive in your suite and your dog can also attend a masterclass with professional trainers from City Dog to help it develop skills for navigating urban life

Proud Archivist: Part restaurant, part bar and part art gallery, this ultra-cool venue on the Regents Canal showcases exhibitions by new and established talent and offers a mean Sunday roast. Dogs are provided with fresh bowls of water while you try to resist feeding them titbits

Rosewood London: A Bulldog sculpture situated by the lifts signals this luxurious hotel’s animal-friendly spirit. Dogs and cats can stay in the rooms for free and are given food bowls, a comfortable bed and treats on arrival, as well as a welcome card from the hotel’s Golden Retriever, Pearl

Fernandez & Wells: This bustling cafe, which has six branches in London, is famed for its cured meats and cheese. It’s a guaranteed dog-friendly pit-stop

ZL Cafe: Visit this French-style cafe – sister venue to Brasserie Zedel – and pretend you’re in Paris, where the idea of dogs accompanying diners isn’t as taboo

Cliveden House: At this National Trust property in Berkshire, dogs are pampered just like humans – and there are 250 acres of woodland to explore. A fee of £30 per night applies, and your pet must be over one year old

Ace Hotel: You’ll often see a hipster hound or two at Bulldog Edition, this cool Shoreditch bolt hole’s cafe (noted for its delicious doughnuts). It costs an extra £25 for them to stay in the rooms, but this hotel promises to try to accommodate weirder or bigger animals

Society Club Bookshop, Gallery & Cafe: A bohemian bookstore, literary club and cocktail bar in Soho where dogs are a distinguishing feature. Owner Babette Kulik has three resident pets: Monty the Chihuahua, Modesty the Bulldog and Madeleine the Golden Retriever. Annual Membership is £125; non members are welcome before 6pm

Babington House: You’d expect this country house hotel, set in 18 acres of rolling Somerset countryside, to be enthusiastic about receiving dogs and indeed it is. It’s free to bring your canine friend and you can stay in the coach house, stables or lodge. Dog beds and bowls are provided and dog sitters can be arranged at a rate of £10 per hour

Futon Company says: If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a five-star experience for your pooch away from home, we have some ideas that will see him living in the lap of luxury without stepping foot outside the house…

Cotton Ribbed Rug

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Pillow (£9.95)

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Quilted Velvet Cushion Cover

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Quilted Fine Fleece Bedspread

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