The Best BYOB Restaurants In London
A quick game of ‘fill in the blanks’:
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Extremely impressive. BYOB is Correct. You’re good.
As a reward, from us to you, here’s our list of London’s best bring your own booze restaurants:
Viet Grill | They have a saying at Viet Grill – ‘to make the simplest of dishes taste good you need time, passion, AND simple Vietnamese cookery in a cozy, modern and lauded Kingsland Rd restaurant.’ We may have added that last part.
Details: Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, E2 8DP | BYOB Sunday – Wednesday, corkage £10 per bottle
Little Georgia | Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Little Georgia Cafe serves homely yet ambitious Georgian food amid a simple, tasteful decor of vintage portraits and fairy lights. They’ll probably give you the wrong meal. But it’ll be awesome.
Details: Goldsmith’s Row, Bethnal Green, E2 8QR | No corkage
Beyrouths: The Street Food Company | “This tastes like real Lebanese food” – A Lebanese Grandma on Beyrouths. “It also tastes like one of the best BYOB restaurants in London” – Us.
Details: The High Parade, Streatham, SW16 1EX | Corkage £1.50 per person
Apollo Banana Leaf | You know those hole-in-the-wall-looks-can-be-deceiving-blow-you-away-cheap-but-cheerful-where-did-my-night-go-Sri-Lankan-and-South-Indian BYOB restaurants? Well there’s a word for them: Apollobanannaleaf-esque.
Details: Tooting High St, Tooting, SW17 0SF | No corkage
Gul & Sepoy | From the folks behind Gunpowder, G&S is now their third restaurant. And, unsurprisingly, it’s dynamite. The Gulmenu features rich, sumptuous dishes inspired by the feasts served up in the Raj palaces, while the sepoy (‘soldier’) menu draws from the rustic cuisine of south-west India.
Details: 65 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BD | No corkage every Monday
The Bonnington Café | A co-operatively run vegetarian and vegan restaurant maintained by an active collection of member cooks; so you never really know what’s going to be on the menu, except vegetables.
Details: Vauxhall Grove, Vauxhall, London SW8 1TD | No corkage
Hix Oyster and Chop House | They do oysters, chops, and BYOB on Mondays. But that didn’t fit quite as elegantly into the name.
Details: 36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross St, EC1M 6BN | no charge, Mondays only
Breakfast Club in Soho | Soho: where The Breakfast Club all began; where two 80’s children searching for an elusive alternative to sub-par sandwiches and mediocre mushroom burgers hatched a plan; where TBC is still BYOB and acronyms reign supreme.
Details: D’Arblay St, Soho, W1F 8EU | BYOB 6-10pm, no corkage
The Golden Hind | Don’t take anything in the newspaper too seriously. Unless of course it’s fish and chips from The Golden Hind, undoubtedly one of the finest BYOB restaurants in London.
Details: Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, W1U 2PN | Corkage £1 per person
Alounak | An Iranian style feast of garlicky yoghurts, smoked aubergine, grilled kebabs, basmatic rice and warm bread from the proudly displayed tandoori oven.
Details: Russell Gardens, Notting Hill, W14 8EZ | No corkage
Pappa Ciccia | You know whats great? – pizza and Italian wine. You know whats better? – pizza and whatever wine you want.
Details: Bagleys La, Fulham, SW6 2BW | Corkage £3.50 – £4 per person
Tayyabs | Whitechapel’s famed North Indian restaurant serves starters from £4, mains from £10, charges nothing for corkage and is still vying as one of East London’s best Indian cafe style restaurants. Which is good news, because Whitechapel can’t get enough New Delhis.
Details: Fieldgate St, Whitechapel, E1 1JU | No corkage
Hawksmoor | Some of the best steak, triple cooked chips, service and cocktails South of the North Pole.
Details: Air St, Piccadilly, W1J 0AD | BYOB Mondays only, corkage £5 per bottle
Foxlow | Foxlow’s large open kitchen serves up a relaxed and varied menu of slow-smoked meats, seafood, and gooey soft-serve sundaes, alongside a salad bar…
Details: St John St, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4AN | BYOB Tuesdays only, corkage £5 per bottle
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