Food & Drink

A pan-London guide to the capital's best BYOBs

Haley Forest Published On 08/29/2013 Published On 08/29/2013
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To save you the trouble of pretending to read the wine list, then literally always deciding that the second cheapest bottle will be the best match for your meal, we've put together this handily geographically segmented list of London's best BYOB restos. Wanna' bring some vino to the Hawksmoor, or maybe a bottle of tequila to Bombay Burrito, or some lager(s) to Bonnie Gull? We've got you covered right here.

Central
Hawksmoor
5a Air St; W1J 0AD
11 Langley St; WC2H 9JG
ÂŁ5.00 corkage on Mondays

The Breakfast Club
33 D’Arblay St; W1F 8 EU

The Golden Hind
73 Marylebone Lane; W1U 2PN
No corkage

Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack
21A Foley St; W1W 6DS
No Corkage Sundays

Chelsea/Fulham
Pappa Ciccia
105 Munster Road; SW6 5RQ
41 Fulham High St; SW6 3JJ
ÂŁ 3.50 corkage per person

Cafe 209
209 Munster Rd; Sw6 6BX

South of the river
Entree
2 Battersea Rise; SW11 1ED
ÂŁ5.00 corkage Monday-Wednesday

Negril
132 Brixton Hill; SW2 1RS
2.50 pp for how ever many drinks you have.

Apollo Banana Leaf
190 Tooting high St; SW17 0SF

Cah Chi
34 Durham Rd; SW20 0TW
10% of bill

Hot Stuff
19/23 Wilcox Rd; SW8 2XA

Harrisons
15-19 Bedford Hill; SW12 9EX
BYO Monday

Beyrouths
20-21 The High Parade; SW16 1EX

Amaranth
346 Garratt Lane; SW18 4ES

Bonnington Cafe
11 Vauxhall Grove; SW8 1TD
No Corkage, but 50p glass hire

North
Diwana Bhe Poori House
121-123 Drummond St; NW1 2HL

The Fish & Chip Shop
189 Upper St; N1 1RQ
BYO Mondays ÂŁ5.00 Corkage

500 Restaurant
782 Holloway Rd; N19 3JH

Bombay Burrito
357 Goswell Rd; EC1V 7JL

Greenwich
Goddards At Greenwich Pie House
22 King William Walk; SE10 9HU

Victoria/Pimlico
Picante Mexican Grill
18 Greencoat Row; SW1P 1PQ

Grumbles Cafe
35 Chruton St; SW1V 2LT
No Corkage Mondays

East
The Empress
130 Lauriston Rd; E9 7LH
BYO Tuesdays - no corkage

Rochelle Canteen
Arnold Circus; E2 7ES

Little Georgia
87 Goldsmiths Row; E2 8QR

Mangal Ocakbasi
10 Arcola Rd; E2 8DP

Needoo Grill
87 New Rd; E1 1HH

Tayyabs
83 Fieldgate St; E1 1JU

Viet Grill
58 Kingsland Rd; E2 8DP

Tay Do
65 Kingsland Rd; E2 8AG
ÂŁ1 per head

Lahore Kabab House
2 Umberston St; E1 1PY

Eat 17
30 Orford Rd; E17 9NJ

Olives and Figs
14 Artillery Passage; E1 7LJ

Adiva
Commercial Rd; E1 6BD

Rivington Grill
28-30 Rivington Street; EC2A 3DZ
ÂŁ5.00 Mondays
 

West
Boys Cafe
615 Harrow Road; W10 4RA

Alounak
10 Russel Gardens; W14 8EZ

Adam and Agusia
258 King St; W6 0SP

Books for Cooks Cafe
4 Blenheim Cresent; W11 1NN

La Sophia
46 Golborne Road; W10 5PR
No Corkage Sun-Fri

Sam’s Brasserie
Barley Mow Centre; W4 4PH
BYO Monday

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1. Hawksmoor Air Street 5a Air St, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0AD (Soho)

Having mastered the world of beef, Hawksmoor have turned their attention towards the sea, using a huge art-deco space in Air Street to cook up Poseidon's heartier bounty (along with all the usual cow-cuts), including charcoal-grilled monkfish, turbot shoulder steaks, Dartmouth lobster, and paper-baked royal bream. To keep things from getting remotely healthy, they've also added a slew of new cocktails that include the Full-Fat Old Fashioned made with butter-infused bourbon, a method of butter ingestion that beats the spread.

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2. The Breakfast Club 5-9 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1HG (Battersea)

The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise has a launderette inside of it, and a hidden, '70s-themed bar inside of that called Dr. Kluger's Olde Towne Tavern.

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3. The Golden Hind 73 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2PN (Marylebone)

This joint is known for their fish and chips. An add-on? Their generous BYOB option.

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4. Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack 21a Foley St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 6DS (Fitzrovia)

In a Fitzrovia corner spot blessed with plentiful windows, the former popup's nautical decor -- rope walls, caged-brass light fittings, that sort of thing -- is centerpieced by a chalkboard map of England that pinpoints where exactly all the daily changing menu items were caught. Regular bounty includes whole brown Devon crab, pan-fried dabs w/ razor clams, and Scottish scallops w/ Yorkshire chorizo that'll cause a pleasant surprise when it goes by ee gums. Hit the cocktail bar to find the Nemo (gin/ sherry/ radish), a locally distilled vodka Mary w/ an oyster on top, and a Blacker Velvet: prosecco topped with porter & chocolate bitters -- though if you keep topping everything with chocolate, no one will need a map to find you.

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5. Pappa Ciccia 105-107 Munster Rd, London, SW6 5RQ (Fulham)

This BYOB pizzeria-trattoria is some of the best, fresh pizza in town.

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6. Cafe 209 209 Munster Rd, London, SW6 7JZ (Fulham)

This Thai joint is flavored up with the main attraction: Joy, the owner. Her sense of humor, paired with the fact that they're BYOB, makes this dining experience one to not be forgotten.

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7. Entrée 2 Battersea Rise, Wandsworth, SW11 1ED (Battersea)

This mod-European space is the perfect date spot. Not with a date? BYOB and kick back with friends and some slow-cooked lamb neck.

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8. Negril 132 Brixton Hill, Brixton, SW2 1RS (Brixton)

Negril is a great place to get in touch with your inner Caribbean roots. It's BYOB, so you can decide the level (and amount) of fun you want to have...

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9. Apollo Banana Leaf 188-190 Tooting High St, Tooting, SW17 9RT (Wimbledon)

This Indian joint has delicious dosas, a BYOB option, and great service. What more does one need?

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10. Cah Chi 34 Durham Road, London, SW20 0TW (Wimbledon)

This BYOB Indian place lets you bring your own (wine only), and enjoy superior dishes that are essential to your happiness.

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11. Hot Stuff 19 Wilcox Rd, London, SW8 2XA

Hot Stuff is the perfect place to light your mouth on fire with some Indian food, and to wash it all down with your own bev (it's BYOB)!

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12. Beyrouth's The Street Food Company Streatham High Rd, Streatham, SW16 1EX

Beyrouths is a Mediterranean inspired joint that has a generous BYOB option. Take advantage!

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13. Amaranth 346 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, SW18 4

While Amaranth does not serve their own alcohol, they allow patrons (responsible ones, like you!) to bring their own. It's a generous offer that pairs nicely with their delicious Thai grub.

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14. Bonnington Cafe 11 Vauxhall Grove, London, SW8 1TD (Southwark)

This vegetarian and vegan resto is also BYOB, which makes it the perfect place for a date with that granola-y chick you met... that one time you did yoga... and loved it...

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15. Diwana Bhel Poori House 121-123 Drummond St, London, NW1 2HL (Kings Cross)

A vegetarian Indian joint that also serves up a BYOB option.

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16. The Fish & Chip Shop 189 Upper Street, London, N1 1RQ (Islington)

TFACS is a great place to get exactly what it implies... fish and chips. They also are BYOB, so take full advantage!

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17. 500 Italian Restaurant 782 Holloway Rd, Islington, N19 3JH

500 Italian's got great EVOO for all that bread you're going to consume, and is BYOB, so maybe request to work from home in advance.

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18. Bombay Burrito 357 Goswell Rd, London, EC1V 7JL (Clerkenwell)

If you like Indian food, and burritos, then Bombay is for you. If you also like to drink your own booze in public places (BYOB people), then this is a no-brainer.

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19. Goddards at Greenwich 22 King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9HU

Goddard's is the best dang pie purveyor around. If you dine in, BYOB and indulge heavily.

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20. Picante Mexican Grill 18 Greencoat Row, Westminster, SW1P 1PQ (Westminster)

Picante is an impressive place that boasts the freshness of all of their Tex-Mex style food. They also allow you to BYOB, so enjoy!

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21. Grumbles 35 Churton St, Victoria, SW1V 2LT (Pimlico)

Grumbles BYOB option makes their French/European-flared cuisine taste that much better.

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22. The Empress 130 Lauriston Road, London, E9 7LH (Victoria)

Enjoy an espresso martini over brunch, and have the option of BYOB. How nice!

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23. Rochelle Canteen Rochelle School, London, E2 7ES (Shoreditch)

Bring your own beverages to this secretive, secluded joint and enjoy the simple aspects of a hearty meal.

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24. Little Georgia 87 Goldsmiths Row, Haggerston, E2 8QR (The City)

A Georgian joint with a stellar BYOB option.

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25. Mangal Ocakbasi 10 Arcola St, London, E8 2DJ (Hackney)

This Turkish cuisine joint has no corkage fees for BYOB, and also stellar lamb kebabs.

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26. Needoo Restaurant 87 New Rd, London, E1 1HH (Whitechapel)

This casual Indian eatery has a generous BYOB option, and great curry.

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27. Tayyabs 83-89 Fieldgate St, Poplar, E1 1JU (Whitechapel)

This popular Indian joint is BYOB and has great, manly lamb chops.

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28. Viet Grill 58 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8DP (Shoreditch)

Viet Grill is a top-notch Vietnamese hub that also happens to be BYOB -- cheers!

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29. Tay Do Café 65 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8AG (Shoreditch)

Tay Do is a Vietnamese cafe that lets you BYOB and indulge in their hefty meals.

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30. Lahore Kebab House 2 Umberston St, Whitechapel, E1 1PY (Whitechapel)

This kebab house is a great way to indulge in a BYOB as well as specialty meats and delicacies.

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31. Eat 17 28-30 Orford Rd, Walthamstow, E17 9NJ

All of Eat's grub is locally sourced, baked, and scarfed down. Enjoy a BYOB option and some great apps.

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32. Olives & Figs 14 Artillery Passage, London, E1 7LJ (The City)

Olive & Figs treats its patrons with a BYOB option, as well as delicious Mediterranean food with a modern twist.

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33. Adiva 43A Commercial Street, Poplar, E1 6BD (The City)

Adiva is a special place. So special that they offer belly dancing performances on the weekends, which you can watch while sipping the wine you brought yourself.

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34. Rivington Grill 28-30 Rivington St, Shoreditch, EC2A 3DZ (Shoreditch)

A true British grub hub, RG boasts a BYOB option, great suds/wines of their own, and a historical-feeling atmosphere.

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35. Boys Cafe 615 Harrow Rd, Brent, W10 4RA

Boys Cafe is seriously good Thai food, with a generous BYOB offer.

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36. Alounak 10 Russell Gardens, Kensington, W14 (Kensington)

This is a Persian BYOB restaurant that has had a great following for years, and continuously pampers newcomers with delicious grub.

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37. Adam and Agusia 258 King St, Hammersmith, W6 0SP

This Polish delicatessen and eatery is also BYOB -- load up!

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38. Books For Cooks 4 Blenheim Crescent, London, W11 1NN (Notting Hill)

Located in Notting Hill, this bookshop/culinary school/cafe is a great place to BYOB and relax.

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39. La Sophia 46 Golborne Rd, London, W10 5PR (Notting Hill)

This French/Mediterranean hub is also BYOB, which always makes for an interesting meal!

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40. Sam's Brasserie & Bar 11 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick, W4 4PH (Chiswick)

SB&B is a great place for British brunch (aka -- drink pints of brew and get your Sunday roast on). Oh, it's BYOB, too!

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41. Harrison's 15-19 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9EX (Wandsworth)

Despite being named after one of the world's great drinking vessels, Rick Stein's never really been associated with boozing until now; as part-owner of Balham stalwart Harrison's, where he and head man Sam Harrison have now set up a NY-style, brick & leather cocktail lounge beneath the newly refurbed resto.

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