London Guide: Walkies on Sunshine

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Peggy Lee Loves London: a new guidebook starring a pet dog

Walking on Sunshine singer Katrina Leskanich, the lead singer from Katrina and The Waves, attempts to teach the guidebook industry new tricks by fronting a new book led by her pet poodle, Peggy Lee

eggy outside Abbey Road Studios

And I’ve been working like a dog … Peggy outside Abbey Road Studios
Hard Days Night and Dog Day Afternoon

Enough new dog travel blogs came to our attention last year (ie more than one) for Guardian Travel to declare 2012 the year of the dog blog. Our favourite was, “written by dogs for dogs”, the author being a two-year old mongrel called Attlee Common who reviewed dog-friendly places to stay with the help of his band of “rover reporters”.

  1. Peggy Lee Loves London: My London Guide
  2. by Katrina Leskanich, Sher Harper
  1. Tell us what you think:Star-rate and review this book

We’re so over Attlee. In an exciting new development we bring you news of the first celebrity dog blog: Peggy Lee Loves London.

Peggy Lee is a fluffy white toy poodle (that’s a breed, not a children’s plaything) with an apparent penchant for posing in cool spots inLondon, sometimes in a natty little doggy sweater. While is aimed at dog owners in search of pet-friendly accommodation and holidays, Peggy Lee’s is an altogther more urban – even rock’n’roll – selection.

Peggy Lee’s owner is Katrina Leskanich, the lead singer from Katrina and The Waves and Peggy Lee Loves London, which started life as a blog and has just been published as a book, is a collection of Leskanich’s favourite places in the capital.

The blurb on the back describes the places as “fun and off the beaten track”. Many are very much on the beaten track – including the Albert Hall, the Thames and Regent’s Park, although there’s a smattering of slightly less well-known hangouts, including Embassy Electrical Supplies at 76 Compton Street in Clerkenwell – an electrics shop with a sideline selling “possibly the best olive oil in London”; the Ace Cafe, a (quite famous) bikers’ hangout on the North Circular; and a tattoo parlour in Kentish Town. The guide also features some of Leskanich’s favourite music venues, among them the Dublin Castle and Dingwalls, both in Camden. All of them are illustrated with a photo of Peggy Lee, who now has her sights set on Edinburgh and Dublin.

But enough about the content. Here are some gratuitous dog photos that made us smile.

Southbank  CentreThe curious incident of the dog on the Southbank Centre … Peggy at the book market at the Southbank Centre under Waterloo Bridge, which sells second-hand books as well as first editions and antiquarian prints

Peggy at the Dublin CatleDog walks into a bar … Peggy at the Dublin Catle, a no-frills Camden music pub where Blur and The Arctic Monkeys have played, and where Madness filmed the video for their 1980 hit My Girl

Wapping Old StairsReservoir dog … Wapping Old Stairs on the Thames were used by fisherman from Ramsgate in Kent who came to sell fish and shellfish, and by sailors disembarking from their ships. Apparently the stairs are haunted by the ghost of Judge Jeffreys (known as the Hanging Judge), who died in the Tower of London in 1689

Flamin' Eight tattoo parlourNaresh Bhana, founder of Flamin’ Eight tattoo parlour, learnt his craft in Polynesia and Japan

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