Top restaurants where you can bring your own booze

Still great food but save a quid or two on the bar bill

Are you fed up of the ludicrous cost of wine in restaurants? Of course you are, how can Campo Viejo Rioja be £7 in Tesco’s and an inferior bottle cost over £20 when eating out?

This nifty profit-maker means that few restaurants advertise that you can take your own wine, but it seems that in some cases if you ask nicely enough they’ll allow you to, albeit for a corkage fee and occasionally a minimum spend.

But if you've had it with paying through the nose for wine with... a good nose; then take a look at our list of best Bring Your Own restaurants in London.

44 Westbourne Grove W2 5SH
Region: Bayswater
Nearest Station: Bayswater (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: These two restaurants in West Kensington and Bayswater have a great reputation among Iranians, who flock here for the great value grilled kebabs. There is no corkage fee for BYOB.

  • USERS 6/10
Corrigans Mayfair
28 Upper Grosvenor Street W1K 7PF
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Marble Arch (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Take your own bottle to Richard Corrigan's exceptional British restaurant on Monday nights. If you eat in the bar there is no charge for corkage, and if you drop it off before your meal they'll even chill it for you.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
Kitchen W8
11-13 Abingdon Road W8 6AH
Region: Kensington
Nearest Station: High Street Kensington (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Take your own bottle to Kitchen W8 any night of the week, however there is a whopping £20 corkage charge (with the exception of Sunday evening, when it’s free). The Michelin-starred menu has fancy dishes like veal with caramelised cauliflower and ravioli of tiger prawns and slow cooked octopus.

  • USERS 6/10
Food For Thought
31 Neal Street WC2H 9PR
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Food for Thought is a veteran vegetarian restaurant, serving healthy food with plenty of options for vegans. There is no corkage fee when you take your own wine.

  • USERS 6/10
Diwana Bhel Poori House
121-123 Drummond Street NW1 2HL
Region: Camden
Nearest Station: Euston Square

AIL Says: This veggie Indian restaurant gets very busy indeed, as food is delivered quickly and prices are low. There is no licence for alcohol so you can take your own, something which also contributes to keeping the costs down.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
  • USERS 5/10
Hawksmoor Seven Dials
11 Langley Street WC2H 9JA
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden

AIL Says: London’s favourite steakhouse lets you take your own wine on a Monday night for a £5 corkage fee. The top notch meat comes from Longhorn cattle traditionally reared and dry-aged for at least 35 days, in other words, it’s delicious. The BYOB offer also applies to their Guildhall, Air Street and Spitalfields branches.

  • 46/100
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
La Sophia
46 Golborne Road W10 5PR
Region: North Kensington
Nearest Station: Westbourne Park (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: The decor is Moroccan, but the menu is French. From Sunday to Friday their prix fixe menu is £25 for three courses (including escargots, beef tartare and grilled lamb tenderloin with pomegranate molasses), and there is no corkage fee when you take your own wine.

  • USERS 7/10
Breakfast Club
33 D'arblay Street Soho W1F 8EU
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The Soho branch of this café isn’t licenced but you can take your own alcohol. Food is of the stodgy, comforting variety; think pancakes, burgers, burritos and wraps, as well as classic puds like sticky toffee pudding and bannofee pie.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
93 Kentish town road NW1 8NY
Region: Camden
Nearest Station: Camden Road (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This Pan-Asian restaurant on Camden Road serves quality, tasty dishes at affordable prices, and is small and quirky enough for a date. It's unlicensed, so take your own booze or pop into the off licence next door.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
77 Brewer Street W1F 9ZN
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This Danish chain has found its place among London’s steakhouses thanks to its variety of meat (from the US, Argentina, or home grown) and an award-winning wine list. However if you’d rather take your ownbottle corkage is free on Sundays.


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