Moving to London with pets is easier than you think. In fact, at London Relocation, it’s not an ‘additional service’ or an ‘added extra’, it’s an integral part of our flat finding service. We find 18 – 25 properties that are pet-friendly and show them to you on one viewing day, giving you peace of mind and a range of options for your move to London. It’s that simple…
Of course, when you’ve found the perfect pad for your pets, you’ll need to think about the details of bringing them over with you. The United Kingdom has some very specific regulations regarding the transport of animals into the country, but as long as you’ve done some preparation in your country of origin, your pet relocation should be successful.
What you’ll need to know before relocating your pet to London:
- Transporting your pet to the UK
- DEFRA’s Pet Travel Scheme
- Whether a pet passport is necessary
- Pet quarantine
- Other UK import rules and requirements: This is a great site for people moving to London from within the EU.
(e.g. microchips, tests, and vaccines)
Some of the Biggest Issues When Searching for Pet Friendly Properties in London:
- Even if a landlord is okay with you having a pet, if the building says no, it’s no.
- If the building says yes but the landlord says no, you might still be able to negotiate by:
- Meeting asking price on the property
- Paying an additional fee
- Paying additional months’ rent in advance
- In general, the larger the number and size of your animal(s), the more difficult it will be to find a London apartment to rent. A single cat or small dog is given the most leeway.
- Many parks have large leash-free areas (leashes are called “leads” in British English), but be mindful of other animals that may dwell there like horses and deer.
- Beloved London parks for dog-walking: Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Regents Park, Battersea Park, Richmond Park, Hampstead Heath, and Primrose Hill.
- London is overall very pet-friendly, with many pubs, restaurants, and shops welcoming dogs inside their establishments.
- Dogs can ride public transport, too!
Veterinary care in the UK:
- You have a choice of public and private care. Chains include Hamilton Veterinary Clinics and Village Vet. Pets Naturally is a highly recommended Notting Hill clinic.
- Pet insurance is available through many companies like Tesco.
- PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity.
- The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) provides clinical services and referrals.
- University of Cambridge has an animal hospital with cutting edge treatment of serious pet illnesses.
- Like healthcare for humans, your experience is largely dependent on whether or not you find a good doctor. So do the research, ask around, and take referrals seriously.
Additional Tips for your pets after the big move:
- Garden flats make for pet-friendly homes, often including backyard space.
- Having other pets to socialize with in the neighborhood or the local park is a plus.
- Frequent walks will help your pet get used to the different flora.
- Research in advance which tube stations have elevators/escalators vs. stairs for your pup.
- Pet food is found in most grocery chains, and stores like Whole Foods and Pet Pavilion offer specialty brands like Lily’s Kitchen and Darlings Real Foods.
If you’re looking for assistance with relocating your pets to London, we can help. Were always available, and haven’t yet found a pet that we haven’t been able to place – we’re pretty good at finding human-friendly apartments in London too!