Pub Dogs of London – it began in Brixton and now it’s back

Written by on May 10, 2018 in Art, Brixton People, What's On - No comments

Brixton photographer Fiona Freund has an exhibition of her work opening in the Lounge on Atlantic Road on Monday (14 May). It’s based on a book that is full of portraits by her. And this, Fiona explains, is how it came about …


Dog in pub

The nice people from Freight Books got in touch in 2015.

“We need portraits.”

“That’s what I do.”

“Of dogs.”


“In London Pubs”

“When do I start?”


I have been a portrait photographer for over 25 years shooting the great, good and glittery for magazines, books and illustrious clients around the world. Hounds in hostelries is a first!

My lovely local, The Elm Park Tavern in Brixton, near the fabulous Brockwell Park, was my first stop. The wonderful landlord Matt and a few well placed posters worked a treat and within 20 minutes I was knee deep in man’s best friends.

Without Victoria Stilwell as an assistant, getting the pampered pouches to pose and pout was going to require some serious doggie diplomacy.

And I was going to spend a lot of time crawling around on the floor making a twit of myself to entertain my sitters (which I usually do a fair bit), and getting sniffed and licked by them (which I usually don’t).

Although I am dogless I do have two small boys who respond best to firm monosyllabic commands and lots of food and exercise – so I have the necessary transferable skills. Isn’t there something they say about children and animals?

With some smashing snaps – Dougie the dachshund-cross who likes frankfurters, Danny Boy who does Elvis impersonations and Dallas the heavyweight boxer who wouldn’t come out from under the table – my test shoot was a success and I was ready to fully immerse myself in the weird and wonderful world of London dogs – and their owners.

I plumped for other poochie pubs around Brockwell Park and then aimed for other areas of London with a park at their heart.

As I scoured the capital for suitable establishments – having lots of slightly confused conversations with bemused landlords – I realised I had drunk and even performed (don’t ask) in most of the 20 or so pubs I had pinpointed for their canine clientele in my 30+ years as a Londoner.

The wonderful pubs of London didn’t disappoint.

From Hackney to Hampstead, Notting Hill to Norwood there are puggles and zuchons and sproillies and cockapoos.

I met some wonderful dogs with their adoring owners who were all great fun and very game to do whatever was necessary to get the shot.

I am delighted to now be collaborating with Clover Eziashi proud owner of The Lounge and Remi the Boston terrier, in presenting Pub Dogs of London – The Exhibition. Come and see the doggies up close and personal, buy a book, or a portrait session for the dog in your life.’

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WHAT: Pub Dogs of London photography exhibition

WHERE: The Lounge, 56–58 Atlantic Road SW9

WHEN: Monday 14 May to Saturday 30 June 2018

TIMES:  Noon to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm Sunday


Chulo – Prince Regent

Chulo – Prince Regent


Pipi – The Rosendale in West Dulwich

Pipi – The Rosendale in West Dulwich


Albert – The Prince Regent

Albert – The Prince Regent


Scooble 2 – The Elm Park Tavern

Scooble 2 – The Elm Park Tavern


Murphy – The Elm Park Tavern

Murphy – The Elm Park Tavern


Bill – The Prince Regent

Bill – The Prince Regent

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