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.
A pan-London guide to the capital's best BYOBs
5a Air St; W1J 0AD
11 Langley St; WC2H 9JG
£5.00 corkage on Mondays
The Breakfast Club
33 D’Arblay St; W1F 8 EU
The Golden Hind
73 Marylebone Lane; W1U 2PN
Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack
21A Foley St; W1W 6DS
No Corkage Sundays
105 Munster Road; SW6 5RQ
41 Fulham High St; SW6 3JJ
£ 3.50 corkage per person
209 Munster Rd; Sw6 6BX
South of the river
2 Battersea Rise; SW11 1ED
£5.00 corkage Monday-Wednesday
132 Brixton Hill; SW2 1RS
2.50 pp for how ever many drinks you have.
Apollo Banana Leaf
190 Tooting high St; SW17 0SF
34 Durham Rd; SW20 0TW
10% of bill
19/23 Wilcox Rd; SW8 2XA
15-19 Bedford Hill; SW12 9EX
20-21 The High Parade; SW16 1EX
346 Garratt Lane; SW18 4ES
11 Vauxhall Grove; SW8 1TD
No Corkage, but 50p glass hire
Diwana Bhe Poori House
121-123 Drummond St; NW1 2HL
The Fish & Chip Shop
189 Upper St; N1 1RQ
BYO Mondays £5.00 Corkage
782 Holloway Rd; N19 3JH
357 Goswell Rd; EC1V 7JL
Goddards At Greenwich Pie House
22 King William Walk; SE10 9HU
Picante Mexican Grill
18 Greencoat Row; SW1P 1PQ
35 Chruton St; SW1V 2LT
No Corkage Mondays
130 Lauriston Rd; E9 7LH
BYO Tuesdays - no corkage
Arnold Circus; E2 7ES
87 Goldsmiths Row; E2 8QR
10 Arcola Rd; E2 8DP
87 New Rd; E1 1HH
83 Fieldgate St; E1 1JU
58 Kingsland Rd; E2 8DP
65 Kingsland Rd; E2 8AG
£1 per head
Lahore Kabab House
2 Umberston St; E1 1PY
30 Orford Rd; E17 9NJ
Olives and Figs
14 Artillery Passage; E1 7LJ
Commercial Rd; E1 6BD
28-30 Rivington Street; EC2A 3DZ
1. Hawksmoor Air Street5a Air St, Piccadilly, London
2. The Breakfast Club5-9 Battersea Rise, London
3. The Golden Hind73 Marylebone Lane, London
4. Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack21a Foley St, Fitzrovia, London
5. Pappa Ciccia105-107 Munster Rd, London
6. Cafe 209209 Munster Rd, London
7. Entrée2 Battersea Rise, Wandsworth
8. Negril132 Brixton Hill, Brixton
9. Apollo Banana Leaf188-190 Tooting High St, Tooting
10. Cah Chi34 Durham Road, London
11. Hot Stuff19 Wilcox Rd, London
12. Beyrouth's The Street Food CompanyStreatham High Rd, Streatham
13. Amaranth346 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth
14. Bonnington Cafe11 Vauxhall Grove, London
15. Diwana Bhel Poori House121-123 Drummond St, London
16. The Fish & Chip Shop189 Upper Street, London
17. 500 Italian Restaurant782 Holloway Rd, Islington
18. Bombay Burrito357 Goswell Rd, London
19. Goddards at Greenwich22 King William Walk, Greenwich
20. Picante Mexican Grill18 Greencoat Row, Westminster
21. Grumbles35 Churton St, Victoria
22. The Empress130 Lauriston Road, London
23. Rochelle CanteenRochelle School, London
24. Little Georgia87 Goldsmiths Row, Haggerston
25. Mangal Ocakbasi10 Arcola St, London
26. Needoo Restaurant87 New Rd, London
27. Tayyabs83-89 Fieldgate St, Poplar
28. Viet Grill58 Kingsland Rd, London
29. Tay Do Café65 Kingsland Rd, London
30. Lahore Kebab House2 Umberston St, Whitechapel
31. Eat 1728-30 Orford Rd, Walthamstow
32. Olives & Figs14 Artillery Passage, London
33. Adiva43A Commercial Street, Poplar
34. Rivington Grill28-30 Rivington St, Shoreditch
35. Boys Cafe615 Harrow Rd, Brent
36. Alounak10 Russell Gardens, Kensington
37. Adam and Agusia258 King St, Hammersmith
38. Books For Cooks4 Blenheim Crescent, London
39. La Sophia46 Golborne Rd, London
40. Sam's Brasserie & Bar11 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick
41. Harrison's15-19 Bedford Hill, London
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.
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.
This joint is known for their fish and chips. An add-on? Their generous BYOB option.
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.
This BYOB pizzeria-trattoria is some of the best, fresh pizza in town.
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.
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.
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...
This Indian joint has delicious dosas, a BYOB option, and great service. What more does one need?
This BYOB Indian place lets you bring your own (wine only), and enjoy superior dishes that are essential to your happiness.
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)!
Beyrouths is a Mediterranean inspired joint that has a generous BYOB option. Take advantage!
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.
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...
A vegetarian Indian joint that also serves up a BYOB option.
TFACS is a great place to get exactly what it implies... fish and chips. They also are BYOB, so take full advantage!
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.
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.
Goddard's is the best dang pie purveyor around. If you dine in, BYOB and indulge heavily.
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!
Grumbles BYOB option makes their French/European-flared cuisine taste that much better.
Enjoy an espresso martini over brunch, and have the option of BYOB. How nice!
Bring your own beverages to this secretive, secluded joint and enjoy the simple aspects of a hearty meal.
A Georgian joint with a stellar BYOB option.
This Turkish cuisine joint has no corkage fees for BYOB, and also stellar lamb kebabs.
This casual Indian eatery has a generous BYOB option, and great curry.
This popular Indian joint is BYOB and has great, manly lamb chops.
Viet Grill is a top-notch Vietnamese hub that also happens to be BYOB -- cheers!
Tay Do is a Vietnamese cafe that lets you BYOB and indulge in their hefty meals.
This kebab house is a great way to indulge in a BYOB as well as specialty meats and delicacies.
All of Eat's grub is locally sourced, baked, and scarfed down. Enjoy a BYOB option and some great apps.
Olive & Figs treats its patrons with a BYOB option, as well as delicious Mediterranean food with a modern twist.
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.
A true British grub hub, RG boasts a BYOB option, great suds/wines of their own, and a historical-feeling atmosphere.
Boys Cafe is seriously good Thai food, with a generous BYOB offer.
This is a Persian BYOB restaurant that has had a great following for years, and continuously pampers newcomers with delicious grub.
This Polish delicatessen and eatery is also BYOB -- load up!
Located in Notting Hill, this bookshop/culinary school/cafe is a great place to BYOB and relax.
This French/Mediterranean hub is also BYOB, which always makes for an interesting meal!
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!
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.