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Eating in central London can be expensive, especially when the cost of drinks start racking up. Don’t let those extortionate drink prices hold you back from awesome food & time with friends. We’ve selected the very best Bring Your Own Booze restaurants in central London in 2019 (no outdated lists here folks), from steaks cooked to perfection in Hawksmoor to Malaysian roti & curry in a family-run basement in St Pancras. Check out the best central London has to offer.


Viet Soho

Thai BYOB in Central London

Viet Soho (formerly known as Viet Pho) is located right in the mixer in the heart of Soho on Greek Street. It’s a small family-run restaurant (and takeaway) that serves up authentic Vietnamese food. The interior is simple but stylish with white walls adorned by black framed pictures.

As the name might suggest, it specialises in Pho. To start you have to try the light yet crispy spring rolls. For mains you can’t go wrong with Pad Thai or any of the Pho soups available. Check out the spicy pork one (ideal if you’re hungry and/or need warming up). Portions are plenty and all pho comes with lime, chilli and beansprouts to tip as you wish for flavour.

Fantastic as a pre-theatre meal spot, however ensure you leave yourself time to queue, it’s not unusual to have to wait around 20-30 minutes at busy periods.


The Breakfast Club

BYOB “brinner”!

Did you know The Breakfast Club in Soho is open past 5pm? Did you also know it’s BYOB? Despite its name, The Breakfast Club is open for lunch and dinner where it serves a variety of its all-day classics including: The Full Monty (a full english), Avocado on rye and even pancakes and berries (though who eat’s pancakes past 5pm?!). You will want to go past 5 then though as that’s when BYOB is available (with a £5 corkage charge).

If you’re looking for something less “brinner” and more dinner, there are a number of burgers on the menu with the Philly Cheese Burger being a messy highlight. The Night Monty is an evening version of the full English, consisting of steak (however you like it), slab bacon, chorizo, black pudding, mushrooms, tomato, BBQ beans, eggs & fries. Veggies have a tasty selection to choose from, we recommend The Argy-Bhaji, which consists of spiced a onion waffle, chilli fried egg, spinach, mango chutney & minted yoghurt.

Dishes range from around £9-£13 for mains, great value considering the portion size, location and the fact it’s BYO. They don’t take reservations so just rock up when you fancy.


Foxlow

Steaks in Clerkenwell

Known for it’s bangin’ steaks and various meat-based fare, the Foxlow is the more casual, younger (and less expensive) sibling of Hawksmoor.

The interior is very smart, reminiscent of a smart American diner. They’ve gone to town on this place; tiled walls, wooden floors and a stocked 50s style cool bar. It’s very central London.

You can’t go to the Foxlow without getting a steak (or at least trying your friend’s). The flat iron steak is both reasonably sized and priced at £15 (with chips you’ll be glad to know). The more special cuts will run you quite a bit more with sirloin and ribeye around £25. Their burgers are around £13 with fries and will happily stuff most people. Considering it’s reputation for steaks this Hawksmoor owned restaurant has a good selection of veggie dishes – check out the Sspice-roasted cauliflower which consists of chickpeas, wilted spinach, curried aubergine sauce. All veggie dishes are around the £10 mark.

Fancy it? The Foxlow is located a 2 minute walk from Farringdon & Barbican station and corkage is free. Remember, it’s only BYOB on Tuesdays.

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Paolina’s Thai Cafe

Charming BYOB Thai Restaurant in King’s Cross

Just a 5 minute walk from King’s Cross Station sits this little gem of a Thai cafe, it’s hard to get much more central than Paolina’s.

It has a charming low-key interior, with wooden panelling on the walls, a black and white chequered floor with tables, chairs and stools for those on their own. It is small so you’re probably best off choosing somewhere else if you’re coming with a big group for a party/large leaving do or whatever.

Any Thai place worth its salt must have a good Pad Thai and Paolina doesn’t disappoint. We recommend the Pad Thai with king prawns, one of the best around. The Prawn Kee Mao (also known as drunken noodles) dish is also hard to beat and fantastic comfort food – amazing if you’re hungover.

Corkage is free but be warned it can get busy so you may be expected to queue if you come at a busy period.


Roti King

One of the Kings of BYOB

Put simply Roti King is one of our favourites here at BYOB London. It’s a no-frills family-run Malaysian restaurant. Roti (small flatbread) is constantly being made fresh on the grill in front of you as you enter and this smell (along with the curries brewing) fills the place with an amazing aroma.

Roti King has to be one of the best value for restaurants around considering its quality – a Roti Canai (2 pieces of roti with Curry Dhal) will set you back just £5 and is ideal as a sharing starter or a single dish. If you’re wanting a big portion check out some of the Malaysian rice dishes such as the Nasi Goreng. Flavours are strong and rich, you’ll be wiping away every last drop from the bowl with your roti. If you fancy noodles check out the soup noodle dishes (the laksa and tom yum soup are both very rich and flavoursome).

We’re unashamed regulars at Roti King and we’ve never been without there being a queue, our advice is go there early (as soon as you finish work if it’s on a weekday) or be prepared to wait up to 45 minutes at busiest periods.

There’s an M&S in Euston station which is 30 seconds around the corner so you can grab some drinks beforehand. Corkage is £10 per table and they’re closed on Sundays.

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Hix Oyster & Chop House

BYOB balling on a Monday night

Hix Oyster & Chop House is another one of these part-time posh BYOBs we’re starting to see a lot more of. Hix allows you to bring a bottle of wine along without any corkage on Mondays.

Fancy balling on a Monday (without having to pay the price and then eat cornflakes until payday)? From 4-7pm on an afternoon/evening you can get three rock oysters for just £3.75. If you’ve got the day off you can check out the Oyster & Chop set menu, where you can get 2 courses for £15.95 between midday and 5pm.

If you stray away from the deals menu it can get expensive, however if you’re looking to treat yourself then you can do a lot worse than Hix. Treat yourselves (on a Monday).


The Angel Curry Centre

Indian BYOB in Angel

Angel Curry Centre has the traditional, all-familiar decor of a curry house with its white table cloths and smartly dressed white shirted staff. It’s just 2 minutes from Angel tube station and open 7 days a week with no corkage.

If you’re in to your prawns, we recommend the prawn puri as a starter. Looking for something spicy? Check out the chicken Tikka Naaga which is very hot but not to the point where it becomes a chore to finish it (and ruins your next day). The mains here are never overly greasy (as many Indian curries can be) and the pilau rice comes piled high.

It’s rare to find an Indian held in such high regard so close to the centre (where chains are everywhere). Check it out.





Hawksmoor

A BYOB in Knightsbridge?

Wanting to go somewhere swish but not wanting to spend half your cash on expensive wine? Luckily for all of us the Hawksmoor just became a lot more affordable on a Monday night, offering corkage for just £5.

Their cheapest steak starts from £20 with the rump, a fillet will cost you £36 and then the more special cuts are charged by the 100g. Although known for its meat they do offer a few fish courses and a single veggie option which at the time of writing this was a spice-roasted cauliflower with IPA raisins, almonds & yoghurt.

From Tuesday to Sunday corkage ramps up to £25.


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