13 "BYOB" restaurants in London.
True BYOB spots (AKA no corkage fee) are hard to find. True BYOB spots with food that doesn’t suck are even rarer. Here are the places where you can show up with your own bottle and spend that extra money on a meal you actually want to eat.
Xi’an Impression is a small restaurant in Highbury making some of the best Chinese food in London. Don’t miss the hand-pulled noodles.
Anima e Cuore is a local Italian spot, and the best restaurant in Kentish Town.
Persepolis is a BYOB deli-cum-café in Peckham serving excellent Persian meze at fantastic prices.
Tayyab’s is an Indian restaurant and classic spot in the East End, serving Punjabi curry and sizzling lamb chops in a laid back room.
Andu Café is a cash-only, vegan spot in Dalston serving excellent option-free Ethiopian food.
You can’t really go wrong when it comes to choosing a good Turkish spot in North London, but our favourite is Mangal Ocakbasi.
Little Georgia in Islington has fun vibes, friendly waiters, and an excellent Georgian menu. Come for a group dinner or date night.
Come to KaoSarn when you want nice Thai food in Brixton - the curries are good, and the larb salad is a must.
Indian Veg is a no-frills, all-you-can-eat buffet spot in Islington. It’s pretty good, and very cheap.
Beb’s Kitchen is a small BYOB Indian restaurant in Brixton with a homely atmosphere that makes affordable and tasty curries.
Mao Chow is a cupboard-sized spot by London Fields making very tasty all-vegan Chinese food.
Roti King is a cult Malaysian restaurant that does a great roti canai, and excellent Malaysian noodle and rice dishes. It’s cheap, BYOB, and cash only