There are plenty of BYOB restaurants in London to try, and they’re a perfect way to dust off that vintage in your wine rack, and to save money of course! And when I’m strapped for cash, BYOB eateries are one of my favourite things.
And I kid you not, there are BYOB restaurants in London that are hidden gems.
Here are some of my favourites:
Breakfast Club, Soho
I’m a big fan of this small chain of restaurants serving up incredibly good breakfast food all day. But its Soho branch is by far my favourite. Not only because it’s a skip and a jump from where I work, or that you can book in for diner (yes, really!)… but because no alcohol license means you can bring your own. Result!
B.Y.O.C ft. James Cochran, Soho
B.Y.O.C branches are famous for their innovative cocktail experience. But punters head to the Soho branch for good food too. Customers are asked to bring their own bottle of chosen spirit where in-house mixologists will create exciting drinks – and the food in the restaurant, created by James Cochran (The Ledbury) is another reason to visit.
Corkage: £25 per person
Little Georgia, Bethnal Green
This cute cafe serves tasty, homely Georgian food in a quaint setting. What’s better? It’s open breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Rochelle Canteen, Shoreditch
Afternoon drinking is on the menu at trendy Rochelle Canteen on Shoreditch High Street. You’ll feel like you’re back at school, but drinking wine instead of Ribena.
Padella, London Bridge
The queues out the door at this new Borough Market haunt proves the popularity of its carb-loaded, all-pasta menu. While it does have a small beer and wine menu, you can bring your own fancy bottle of vino too.
Corkage: £10 per bottle
Counter Culture, Clapham
Sister restaurant to The Dairy, Counter Culture draws foodies in with its tasty small plates. While they now have an alcohol license and serve booze, you’re still welcome to BYO.
For tasty steaks (and an amazing mac ‘n’ cheese side dish) head to one of Hawksmoor’s branches any day of the week. But if you’re after cheap booze too, go on a Monday for their ‘Wine Club.’
Hix Oyster & Chophouse
Just like Hawksmoor above, Hix host a Monday night ‘Cellar Monday,’ where bottles of wine face no corkage charge. I recommend going between 4-6pm too to make good use of their oyster happy hour.
The Golden Hind, Marylebone
This famous chippy is popular among locals and tourists, but even more so because you can sip some crisp Sauvignon Blanc alongside your battered haddock and chips.