May 30, 2016

Running a bit low on cash dolla with all those festival tix to buy, general holidaying and summer dress buying? Yeah, we feel you. Fear not. We’ve scoured the city for the best BYOB joints that won’t have you smashing open the piggy. So read, go forth and indulge!

Rochelle Canteen

One of East London’s best-kept lunching secrets, Rochelle Canteen is located behind a secret door in a little walled courtyard. Housed in a repurposed bike shed in a Victorian era schoolyard, the restaurant is a daytime-only affair and serves up a modern European menu.

Details: Rochelle Canteen | School House, Arnold Circus, Shoreditch, E2 7ES | Corkage £5

Tagine Restaurant

Located in Balham, Tagine is a little slice of North Africa in south London. Serving a range of traditional dishes such as tagine, couscous and mezze, there’s also an area for alfresco dining and shisha.

Details: Zizoutagine Moroccan Cuisine, 3 Fernlea Road Balham | No corkage


If you’re looking for a delicious yet cheap as eating experience, Whitechapel’s Tayyabs is the one. One of London’s most popular Indian cafe style restaurants, you can bag starters from £4 and mains from £10. Added bonus – no corkage fee.

Details: Tayyabs, 83-89 Fieldgate Street, E1 1JU | No corkage

Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack

Having started out as a pop-up in Hackney back in 2012, Bonnie Gull now has a permanent home in Fitzrovia. Decked out in nautical colours with plenty of ‘seaside’ charm, it serves up a range of seafood platters, mussels, crab, seabass and pretty much anything else you’d find in the big blue.

Details: 21A Foley St, Fitzrovia, No corkage

Little Georgia Cafe

Serving brekkie, lunch and dinner, this little Georgian cafe in Bethnal Green is a vintage haven complete with fairy lights, gramophones and black and white portraits lining the walls. Service is relaxed, but when you do get your food, it will be delicious.

Details: Goldsmith’s Row, Bethnal Green, E2 8QR | No corkage