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8 Brilliant BYOB Restaurants With Outdoor Seating

BYOB and enjoy Persian kebabs, xiaolongbao, handmade pasta, and more outside at these London restaurants.

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We’re a nation of combination lovers. From Wallace and Gromit to chips and gravy to Love Island and Twitter. But one of the greatest combos of all is undeniably BYOB and roasting 21º heat. Sadly neither of these things are as common as they should be in London, but we’ve gathered up some of favourite restaurants with tables outside, serving everything from handmade noodles to handmade pies, that are also BYOB.

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Patogh

££££
££££ 8 Crawford Place

Corkage: No corkage

With just a couple of tables out front, the stalwart Iranian cafe is an absolute spot for anyone looking for a long lunch or dinner alongside enormous flatbreads and juicy Persian kebabs. FYI there’s a Waitrose around the corner so, if you’re around Marylebone craving grilled meats and a drink or two, Patogh is your place.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Quality Chop House

££££
££££ 94 Farringdon Rd

Corkage: No corkage on Mondays, £20 otherwise

Here’s something worth knowing and, even if you already knew this, it’s worth a reminder: the Quality Chop House doesn’t have a corkage charge on Mondays. Which is a very good thing if you have Mondays off (like many in the hospitality industry) or if you’re just starting the week correctly by visiting one of London’s best restaurants.

Stephen Emms

Anima e Cuore

££££
££££ 129 Kentish Town Rd

Corkage: No corkage

The love of many Kentish Town locals and NW residents alike, Anime e Cuore has had a bit of TLC given to it. The superb homely Italian is now bigger and better and very much still BYOB. Bookings are a thing here now (!), so if you want a spot in their new courtyard with a couple of bottles, get on the phone.

Xi'an Impression

££££
Chinese  in  Highbury
££££ 117 Benwell Rd

Corkage: £5 or so

There are only a couple of tables outside of Xi’an Impression, but given its location opposite Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, you’ll want to raise a glass - be it in celebration or commiseration. Or, in both. There is a corkage charge, but it’s very much worth it for the drop on one knee noodles and everything else served here.

Rochelle Canteen

££££
££££ Rochelle School

Corkage: £30 for fizz, £25 for wine

Given the not insignificant corkage fee at Rochelle Canteen (and not to mention their always-improving wine list) it’s fair to say that you’ll more than likely be celebrating or a wine cellar-type if you’re coming here with a bottle or two. Either way, you don’t get much better garden settings, food, or service in London than behind the walls of Rochelle School.

Giulia Verdinelli

Dimsum & Duck

££££
££££ 124 King's Cross Road

Corkage: No corkage

Another brilliant BYOB restaurant that has just two tables outside is Dim Sum & Duck in King’s Cross. The Cantonese fare here is up there with the very best in London and their handmade dumplings, from xiaolongbao to cheung fun, are 10/10. Drink-wise there’s no license, no corkage, but an off license very much across the road.

Bintang Restaurant

££££ 93 Kentish Town Road

Corkage: £0 - £10ish, dependent on group size

Something of a classic establishment in Kentish Town, groups of friends and family have been crowding into Bintang for kare kare, noodles, and other pan-Filipino food for years. Their roomy garden is a prime group get together location and if there’s only a couple of you it’s unlikely there’ll be a corkage fee.

Jamie Lau

Little Georgia

££££ 87 Goldsmiths Row

Corkage: No corkage

The Hackney location of little Georgia a no corkage haven and, with a few tables out front on Goldsmiths Row - a serene street opposite Haggerston Park - it makes for a lovely choice of lunch or dinner venue alongside a boat-sized khachapuri.

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