Get the drinks in, pick a song and start belting: we’ve rounded up the best places in London to do karaoke, so you’ve no excuse not to join in. From dedicated karaoke bars and Japanese-style private rooms to pubs off the beaten track, here are the joints that make embarrassing yourself in public fun.
The best karaoke bars in London
Bowling, booze and bites combine at this popular Brick Lane spot, which also offers two private karaoke booths accommodating up to 7 or up to 14 singers.
There are four private karaoke rooms at this basement bowling alley under a hotel in Bloomsbury.
A kitsch bar and restaurant in Battersea dedicated to disgraced Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, Bunga Bunga hosts a karaoke sesh in the main space from 10pm every Wednesday. You can also book private karaoke parties.
The second in the Karaoke Box stable is far plusher than their, ahem, more traditional Soho original. Fifteen rooms to choose from, fitting from four up to 25 people, plus a swanky VIP room if you and your 14 friends are feeling flush (or just rather important). We love the wireless mics, touch screens and gorgeous white baby grand piano.
Karaoke Box Mayfair has seven rooms available for hire, including the 'Lady Gaga Padded Cell' and the Elvis-inspired 'Gold Room'. Accommodating between four and 12 people, the rooms have English, Japanese and Arabic karaoke systems and offer room service from the cocktail bar. Prices vary depending on the time of each hour-long session; cheaper sessions are available in the afternoon and early evening. Accompanied children are welcome until 6pm. Booking is essential.
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