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BYO restaurants in London

If you've had it with paying through the nose for wine and beer, take a look at our list of the best bring-your-own restaurants in London

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Like a drink with dinner but find restaurant mark-ups hard to swallow? Find a place to eat that lets you bring your own (wine, beer or spirits) with our selection of London's best BYO restaurants. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

BYO restaurants in central London

Ali Baba

A reasonably priced taste of Egypt. It looks deceptively like a takeaway, however there is also a small restaurant out the back.
Meal for two: £25
Corkage: No charge.

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Marylebone

Bonnie Gull

Starting out as a pop-up, this Fitzrovia joint has a daily offering of super-fresh seafood.
Meal for two: £65
Corkage: No charge (but only available on a Sunday).

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Fitzrovia

BYOC Camden

Venue says: Six cocktails per person guaranteed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Take the poison of your choice and get treated to a variety of different cocktails over a two-hour time slot.
Drinks for two: £50
Corkage: No extra charges, although you can buy charcuterie boards to enjoy with your drinks.

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Camden Town

Diwana Bhel Poori House

A showcase of Southern Indian, vegetarian street food such as poori, from which the restaurant takes its name.
Meal for two: £20
Corkage: No charge.

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Euston

Golden Hind

This Greek-owned institution serves some of the best fish and chips in the capital, with plenty of local character.
Meal for two: Around £30 for two with service.
Corkage: £1 per bottle.

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Marylebone

Hawksmoor Guildhall

Steak and seafood in classic, British bistro surrounds.
Meal for two: £90
Corkage: £5 per bottle (only available on Mondays).

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Moorgate

Hix Oyster & Chop House

Unsurprisingly, oysters and chops feature heavily on the menu here, alongside fellow British classics.
Meal for two: £70
Corkage: No charge (but only on a Monday). However, buy from Nicolas Wine Shop next door and get 5 percent off the price.

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Farringdon

India Club

Long-running Strand Continental restaurant, serving Southern Indian cuisine in a simple, sparsely decorated space.
Meal for two: £25
Corkage: No charge.

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Temple

Patogh

An Iranian joint that makes up for everything it lacks in decor with its huge portions.
Meal for two: £40
Corkage: No charge.

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Marylebone

St John

All of the St John branches offer BYOB and generally serve sharing, tapas-style plates of British classics.
Meal for two: £70
Corkage: Steep, at £15 per bottle. They also charge £25 for sparkling wine, and £30–£50 for magnums. If you weren’t already feeling short-changed, there’s also a ‘cakeage’ charge of £6.90 per person if you bring your own birthday cake.

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Farringdon

BYO restaurants in north London

19 Numara Bos Cirrik

Hipster haven for lahmacun and kebabs in Dalston.
Meal for two: £40
Corkage: £5 for wines – corkage on beers depends on size.

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Dalston

Anima e Cuore

Tiny, packed-out Italian restaurant that eschews comfort in favour of high-quality, great-tasting food.
Meal for two: £50
Corkage: No charge.

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Camden Town

Bintang

A small dining room and garden drawing inspiration from all over Asia, from wasabi prawns to nasi goreng.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: £3 per 75cl bottle and £1 per 33cl bottle.

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Camden Town

Guanabana

Colourful restaurant and bar that serves food from all over Latin America and the Caribbean.
Meal for two: £45
Corkage: £3 per 75cl bottle, £1 per 33cl bottle. Spirits are charged according to party size. 

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Camden Town

Indian Veg

All-you-can-eat vegetarian restaurant with spurious slogans and veggie propaganda.
Meal for two: £13
Corkage: No charge.

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Pentonville

Karahi King

This Punjabi restaurant has fostered generations of loyal clientele with its inexpensive food, cooked in the signature style of its namesake.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: No charge.

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North Wembley

Masa

A spacious Afghani restaurant that serves traditional specialities as well as the more commonly known rice dishes.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: No charge.

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Wealdstone

Spices

Miles away from standard curry house staples, the menu here leans towards Bangladeshi influences.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: No charge. 

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Pentonville

BYO restaurants in east London

Caboose

A party space rather than a restaurant, holding a minimum of eight people and a maximum of 12. Ice chests and fridges are available to keep your booze cool and the food is barbecue-based.
Meal for two: £50
Corkage: £5 per person.

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Brick Lane

Lahore Kebab House

This drab curry house may not look the part, but those queues don’t lie.
Meal for two: £25
Corkage: No charge.

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Whitechapel

Little Georgia

Head here for unusual Georgian cuisine, including borscht (beetroot soup) and lobiani (traditional bread stuffed with beans and smoked pork).
Meal for two: £35
Corkage: No charge.

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Bethnal Green

Mangal Ocakbasi

Small prices and huge portions make up for the tatty appearance of this Turkish restaurant, which specialises in satisfying chunks of charred meat.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: No charge, although the restaurant serves its own selection of alcohol, so if you forget to BYO, don’t worry. 

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Shacklewell

Needoo Grill

Part of the Tayyabs/Lahore Kebab House triumvirate of Whitechapel, specialising in grilled meats.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: No charge.

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Whitechapel

Rochelle Canteen

Trendy hipster hangout in east London, serving a daily rotating menu of European cuisine.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: £6.50 per bottle

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Shoreditch

Singburi

Authentic Thai cooking in a small, family-run café.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: No charge. 

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Leytonstone

Tay Do Café

A tiny Vietnamese café that has built a strong word-of-mouth reputation and now has two locations on Kingsland Road.
Meal for two: £25
Corkage: No charge.

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Hoxton

Tayyabs

A London institution that has now been open for over 40 years, serving Punjabi-style curries, kebabs and breads.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: No charge. 

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Whitechapel

BYO restaurants in south London

Apollo Banana Leaf

A bright and colourful assault on the senses, serving Sri Lankan cuisine.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: No charge.

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Tooting

Bonnington Café

Cooperatively run vegan and vegetarian restaurant that serves the local community of Vauxhall.
Meal for two: £25
Corkage: No charge. Although they do charge 50p per glass hire. Someone’s got to wash up after you lot!

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Vauxhall

Cah Chi

Korean food that goes beyond the expected array of barbecue and stir-fry.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: £3, although there is alcohol on the menu, so the BYO part is up to you.

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Cottenham Park

Hot Stuff

No-frills northern Indian cuisine and specials. Popular with locals, students and foodies alike.
Meal for two: £25
Corkage: No charge (plus there’s an offie right next door).

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South Lambeth

Masters Super Fish

A favourite with tourists and locals, this turquoise temple to battered fish is both delicious and affordable.
Meal for two: £20
Corkage: No charge. 

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Southwark

Rivington Grill

Modern British classics in naval surroundings. A shade less cool than its sister restaurant in Shoreditch.
Meal for two: £25
Corkage: No charge (Mondays only, maximum eight people per booking).

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Greenwich

Simply Indian

A tiny restaurant that borrows dishes from all over India for its menu, with fresh ingredients delivered daily from London’s markets.
Meal for two: £25
Corkage: No charge. 

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The Borough

Tagine

Shisha bar and restaurant serving Moroccan dishes, including its namesake.
Meal for two: £45
Corkage: No charge and just across the road from the big Sainsbury’s. 

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Balham

BYO restaurants in west London

Alounak Restaurant

Here, it’s all about Persian fare – kebabs, breads and meze platters.
Meal for two: £40
Corkage: No charge.

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Royal Oak

Amaranth

Buzzing Thai restaurant and deli that deals in anglicised variations of classic Thai dishes.  
Meal for two: £25
Corkage: No charge.

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Earlsfield

Colbeh Restaurant

A restaurant serving traditional Persian cuisine with the aid of a traditional tandoor oven.
Meal for two: £35
Corkage: No charge, although drinkers beware – they only allow one bottle of wine per two people.

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Paddington

Ealing Park Tavern

Classic British gastropub: open fireplaces, taxidermy and leather furniture galore.
Meal for two: £70
Corkage: No charge on a Monday (£19 per bottle for the rest of the week and minimum order of two courses per person).

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South Ealing

Fez Mangal

Dominated by a large, charcoal grill, this small restaurant is all about grilled and barbecued meat and fish.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: No charge. 

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Ladbroke Grove

Kandoo Persian Cuisine

Tiny terracotta-walled Persian restaurant, serving skewers, salads and breads.
Meal for two: £35
Corkage: No charge.

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Lisson Grove

Miran Masala

A small restaurant and takeaway serving traditional Pakistani dishes.
Meal for two: £25
Corkage: No charge. 

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West Kensington

Pappa Ciccia

Expect huge portions at this long-standing pizzeria in Fulham.
Meal for two: £35
Corkage: £4 per person (maximum eight people).

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Fulham

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Comments

23 comments
Delipair .
Delipair .

Agree, needs updating. We visited the Golden Hind with a bottle of NZ Sav Blanc - outstanding!

lindsay w
lindsay w

Foxlow in Farringdon and Balham does free corkage on Tuesdays

Matthew W
Matthew W

The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch does BYO on Mondays( I was there last night).  They also have a scheme where you can leave your own wine in their cellars and drink it for £5 corkage whenever you like.  I think its' called wine club or something like that.

Ladyvp
Ladyvp Tastemaker

Dear TimeOut, Amaranth is no longer BYOB! Please tell your journalist to get their facts right! I say fire him/her. 

Bernie F
Bernie F

Hello , Adam's Cafe on the Akew Road is worth mentioning . To be fair you have reviewed & mentioned them over the years , one of the 1st BYO in London in the late 80s , good greasy spoon by day turns Morocan restaurant by night . They now have a licence but you can still BYO . Recommended - Cheers

Omar S
Omar S

one of the best restaurants in camden town is a little place called Bintang. Its on kentish town road and its a very affordable BYO restaurant. Corkage charges are very reasonable and the food is a great mix of pan asian cultures. Go for the chicken bintang and look out for the specials board. www.bintangrestaurant.co.uk

Jane H
Jane H

www.fouronine.co.uk in Clapham have started the BYO in on Sundays and Mondays.  Love that restaurant since we moved into the area, so this is a bonus.  Ask for the romantic window seat for two!    If you have room afterwards, try an Expresso Martini and maybe another. :)

John
John

Entrée Restaurant is the best BYO restaurant in SW London, If you have a great bottle and want to do it justice go to this place as food is superior to anything else in area. Only £5 corkage, cant be beaten.

Pauly
Pauly

Try THANH's Vienamese in CROYDON - fabulous food - very reasonable - just £1 corkage per person. 0208 405 4308 - 10 mins from E. Croydon station (56 Lower Addiscombe Road)

Francesca
Francesca

Can you please add Guanabana restaurant, 85 Kentish town road, NW1 8NY! Great caribbean and south american food, BYO!

Alexandra
Alexandra

This really needs updating please!

Jo
Jo

Entrée Restaurant & bar in Battersea do BYO on Monday night for £5 per bottle. Its fantastic quality and is 2 Rosettes

shaduk
shaduk

please can you add BINTANG RESTAURANT as BYO restaurant 93 kentish town road, london nw1 8ny

Daisy
Daisy

Re the Taste London question above - Check out The Common Cafe & Bistro on Clapham Common (21 The Pavement). Really good food and nice atmosphere. BYO

Joe Lane
Joe Lane

Needoos is a supierior offer to Tayaabs worth going to especially if you hit a huge que! Close by better quality food, friendlier staff, byob 87 New Road

iqbal
iqbal

Adiva is a great lebanese and turkish BYO restaurant in East London spitalfields. a definate recommend based on ambience and tasty food.

jogindersupperclub
jogindersupperclub

Why not try our authentic supper club i our home where you can enjoy you own wine with a fantastic Punjabi meal. We even cater in your own home. Please do get in touch.

Ali Ba Ba
Ali Ba Ba

Are there any "bring your own" restaurants that also have "Taste London" card offers? Thanks!

Dottie
Dottie

That's not right about Tayyabs. I was there a couple of weeks ago and shared a bottle of wine with lunch.

Jane
Jane

Why does East never come further than Whitechapel or Hackney? We have a fabulous Thai in Leytonstone (E11) that this website has reviewed favourably a few times. Great fresh food, NO corkage & cheap. Singburi, 593 High Road, Leytonstone, 8 mins walk from Leytonstone tube on the Central line.

Jenny Sheridan
Jenny Sheridan

Meshawi - Lebanese restaurant on Putney Hill (three minutes walk from Putney East tube). Good fresh-tasting food, cheap, no corkage.

Paula
Paula

Amaranth Thai restaurant in Earlsfield. Great cheap food, BYO and minimal corkage for wine. None for beer!

Louise Edwards
Louise Edwards

Tayabs - Fieldgate St - Tayabs doesn't permit any alcohol at lunchtime.