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.
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 Lane, 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, 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, corkage £5 per bottle
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