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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By Time Out London Food & Drink |
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Like a drink with dinner but find restaurant mark-ups hard to swallow? If you're truly on the hunt for cheap eats, 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

Restaurants, Egyptian

Ali Baba

icon-location-pin Marylebone

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

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

BYOC Camden

icon-location-pin Camden Town

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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Restaurants, Indian

Diwana Bhel Poori House

icon-location-pin Euston

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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Restaurants, British

Hawksmoor Guildhall

icon-location-pin Moorgate

Steak and seafood in classic, British bistro surrounds.
Meal for two: £90
Corkage: £5 per bottle (only available on Mondays – £25 corkage available Tuesday-Sunday)

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Restaurants, British

Hix Oyster & Chop House

icon-location-pin Farringdon

Unsurprisingly, oysters and chops feature heavily on the menu here, alongside fellow British classics.
Meal for two: £70
Corkage: No charge (wine-only and only on a Monday. Nicolas Wine Shop next door offers Hix Oyster & Chop House customers 5 percent off bottles of wine, Monday-only)

Restaurants, Indian

India Club

icon-location-pin Temple

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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Restaurants, Iranian

Patogh

icon-location-pin Marylebone

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

Restaurants, British

St John

icon-location-pin Farringdon

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 £7.40 per person if you bring your own birthday cake

BYO restaurants in north London

Restaurants, Afghan

Ariana II

icon-location-pin Kilburn

Kebabs, curries and more diverse offerings of Afghani food, including moreish lamb shank in yellow rice.
Meal for two: £28.50
Corkage: No charge

Restaurants, Turkish

19 Numara Bos Cirrik

icon-location-pin Dalston

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

Venue says A unique fusion of the traditional ocakbasi (charcoal grill) and rich, cold and hot plates with the warmth of Turkish & Kurdish hospitality

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Restaurants, Italian

Anima e Cuore

icon-location-pin Camden Town

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

Restaurants, Asian

Bintang

icon-location-pin Camden Town

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, £5 per person for parties of eight or more (larger bottles charged depending on size, non-alcoholic drinks charged on an individual basis)

Venue says Our happy hour has moved to 5-7pm, Mon to Thu. Get your dinner early and enjoy two courses for £10!

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Restaurants, Pan-South American

Guanabana

icon-location-pin Camden Town

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, £3 per person for parties of eight or more (larger botles charged according to party size, non-alcoholic drinks charged on an individual basis)

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Restaurants, Indian

Indian Veg

icon-location-pin Pentonville

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

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Restaurants, Indian

Karahi King

icon-location-pin North Wembley

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

Restaurants, Afghan

Masa

icon-location-pin Wealdstone

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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Restaurants, Indian

Spices

icon-location-pin Pentonville

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

Restaurants, Chinese

Xi'an Impression

icon-location-pin Highbury

Fat, slippery hand-pulled noodles are the shining light at this impressive north London Chinese.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: £4.50 per bottle

BYO restaurants in east London

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Restaurants, Georgian

Little Georgia

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

A characterful café serving borscht, blinis and beef stew as well as hummus-packed sarnies.
Meal for two: £30
Corkage: No charge

Restaurants, British

Caboose

icon-location-pin Brick Lane

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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Restaurants, Indian

Lahore Kebab House

icon-location-pin Whitechapel

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

Restaurants, Georgian

Little Georgia

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

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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Restaurants, Turkish

Mangal Ocakbasi

icon-location-pin Shacklewell

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

Restaurants, Indian

Needoo Grill

icon-location-pin Whitechapel

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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Restaurants, British

Rochelle Canteen

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Daytime-only dining in the gorgeous space of a former Victorian school. Margot Henderson delivers plate after plate of modern European showstoppers.
Meal for two: £50.
Corkage: £6.50 per bottle

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Restaurants, Thai

Singburi

icon-location-pin Leytonstone

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

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Restaurants, Vietnamese

Tay Do Café

icon-location-pin Hoxton

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

Restaurants, Indian

Tayyabs

icon-location-pin Whitechapel

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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BYO restaurants in south London

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Restaurants, Brasseries

Apollo Banana Leaf

icon-location-pin Tooting

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

Restaurants, Lebanese

Beyrouths

icon-location-pin Balham

It’s Beirut via Balham at this cute local Lebanese, where baba ganoush and houmous are joined by hearty veggie stews and grilled meats.
Meal for two: £45
Corkage: £2 per person (Mon-Thu only)

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Restaurants, British

Bonnington Café

icon-location-pin Vauxhall

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!

Restaurants, Korean

Cah Chi

icon-location-pin Cottenham Park

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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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Counter Culture

icon-location-pin Clapham

The Dairy’s next-door neighbour and spin-off is an adorable counter restaurant with space for 15 and mind-blowing British tapas on the list.
Meal for two: £40
Corkage: £10 per bottle

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Restaurants, Indian

Hot Stuff

icon-location-pin South Lambeth

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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Il Mirto

East Dulwich Italian eatery with a whopping selection of pizza toppings to choose from. The restaurant is now fully licensed but still does BYOB on Wednesdays.
Meal for two: £40
Corkage: £1 per person

Restaurants, Thai

KaoSarn

icon-location-pin Brixton

No-frills dining on the edge of Brixton village, with a pared-down Thai menu to match the setting. Food is impressive, nonetheless.
Meal for two: £35
Corkage: No charge

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Restaurants, Indian

Masala Wala Café

icon-location-pin Brockley

This Pakistani curry house has a reassuringly short, all-killer menu, with portions seeming to have gotten bigger as the years have gone on.
Meal for two: £35
Corkage: £2 per person (plus discount on alcohol at the Brockley Deli opposite)

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Restaurants, British

Masters Super Fish

icon-location-pin Southwark

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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BYO restaurants in west London

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Alounak Restaurant

icon-location-pin Royal Oak

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

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Restaurants, Thai

Amaranth

icon-location-pin Earlsfield

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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Restaurants, Iranian

Colbeh Restaurant

icon-location-pin Paddington

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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Restaurants, Turkish

Fez Mangal

icon-location-pin Ladbroke Grove

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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Restaurants, Indian

Miran Masala

icon-location-pin West Kensington

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

Restaurants, Italian

Pappa Ciccia

icon-location-pin Fulham

Expect huge portions at this long-standing pizzeria in Fulham.
Meal for two: £35
Corkage: £4.50 per person (wine and beer only, reservation only, maximum eight people)

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The best bottomless brunches in London

We all know the British invented drinking, but did you know they invented brunch as well? At least that's how the legend goes. (Or, it was the Catholics, or some other group of people). Now this inbetweeny meal – not quite breakfast, not quite lunch – has been greatly improved by the addition of free refills on daytime-appropriate bubbly and cocktails. What could be a more natural activity for Londoners than the so-called bottomless brunch?

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