There was a time not so long ago when you could strut down Columbia Road on Fridays and Saturdays to the sound of music. Granted it wasn't always in tune, but it was consistently belted out with passion and determination. We're referring, of course, to karaoke nights at The Birdcage, one of the eight London pubs we love. Since the ancient East End boozer (well, it has been there since 1760) got a makeover last November from new owners The Draft House they've dropped the kitsch karaoke and not everyone is happy about this decision. One Londoner, Helen Macintyre, has gone as far as to rally for signatures to bring it back, claiming that The Birdcage karaoke nights brought the community together 'like a church for the unreligious'. Amen to that.