When eating out in a major metropolis, your best bet to avoid missing out on that special restaurant you’ve been hankering after is usually to book in advance - which means you can also start salivating over your menu options well ahead of time too.   As for the wine to pair with your choices? Well you could still browse the restaurant’s selection online, or you could join in London’s new Bring Your Own Booze mini-revolution happening in the city’s hippest and chicest eating establishments, adding your own creative palate to the proceedings - as for the food, you’re still at the mercy of your chosen chefs (lucky you)!

Open since 2005 and created as a paean to 80s films and general teenage nostalgia, The Breakfast Club in Soho is hidden away down quiet little D’Arblay Street. It turns out there are a lot of other 80s nostalgics out there, as the Breakfast Club was such a success that it has since opened six further ventures across the length and breadth of London. Dedicated in principle to its namesake meal, this is a business of all-day dining: from the classic Full English to the US-style thick, syrup-doused pancakes and Latin American burritos, the world and its culinary morning glories are democratically represented and enthusiastically frequented here. You can also procure sandwiches, salads and smoothies, and their BYOB policy is in effect after 6pm and without even the hint of a corkage fee, so you can enjoy your evening tipple with your… breakfast! 

For those of a more carnivorous bent, Foxlow is the newest incarnation of the understandably popular Hawksmoor steakhouse group and operates a BYOB with  £5 corkage fee every Tuesday. As their offerings are heavily based on only the haute cuisine cuts of the animal and fish worlds, you could do worse than take them up on their tempting offer in partnership with Nicolas vintners next door, who do 5% off all bottles on Tuesday evenings. 

If you’re more in search of an authentic little fishy-featured nook to while away the time and channel some relaxing seaside summer energy, the Bonnie Guill Seafood Shack might be what you’re hankering after. A Hackney pop-up gone permanent in Fitzrovia, the menu of daily catches rotates with the season and sea conditions, featuring oysters, sole, crab bisque, whole lobster and other local British specialties. One mainstay is that on Sundays they feature a no-corkage BYOB policy, on wine only - but really, with seafood and shellfish this mouthwatering, what are you going to be quaffing besides a chilled bottle of something white and crisp? 

Can’t make up your mind quite yet or have a mixed group of omnivores? Hix Oyster & Chop House, just a few steps from the famous Smithfields meat market, delivers on its titular promise in serving up choice meats on the bone and locally sourced oysters. Housed in what was once a sausage factory, followed by a fish restaurant, Mark Hix’s Oyster and Chop House has retained many of the original features, with  the wooden floors, tiled walls and marble British Oyster bar giving it an authentically rustic ambience. For BYOB services, pay them a visit on a Monday with you own bottle of choice and no corkage fee for the pleasure. 

Perhaps one of the best and best-known of the London Punjabi curry houses offering corkage-free BYOB on any given night, Tayyabs is a historic restaurant in the East End Whitechapel area. Sprawling, loud and not a little chaotic, the quality and price (starters from £4, mains form £10) of the food here is downright unbeatable in the capital. House specialties change daily, but perennial favourites definitely include the lamb chops and grilled mutton on any given date, so read up and Bring your Bottle accordingly!

With every hotel Piccadilly being so close to the centre of everything the city has to offer in terms of nightlife, shopping and travel, there’s no need to miss out on any of these uniquely London experiences!