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The best karaoke bars in London

Sing your heart out at these London bars, pubs and venues where the soundtrack is BYO

Sarah Cohen
Written by
Time Out London editors
&
Sarah Cohen
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Lockdown forced us all to be shower singers, but now we’re allowed out again, it’s time to bellow our favourite anthems surrounded by similarly uninhibited friends. London’s best karaoke bars provide the perfect spaces for hairbrush heroes and air-guitar maestros to realise their pop-star dreams, whether in a private room with mates or in front of an audience of strangers. Cue up your tune and step up to the mic at one of these joints that make embarrassing yourself in public fun.

RECOMMENDED: The 50 best karaoke songs.

The best karaoke bars in London

All Star Lanes
  • Things to do
  • Games and hobbies
  • Brick Lane

Bowling, booze and bites combine at this popular Brick Lane spot, which also offers two private karaoke booths accommodating up to seven or 14 singers (although at the moment only up to six people or two households are allowed in each booth). Branches in Holborn, Stratford and White City.

Bloomsbury Lanes
  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Bloomsbury

There are five private karaoke rooms at this basement bowling alley under a hotel in Bloomsbury, each with more than 30,000 songs to choose from. The rules of six applies to groups.

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Bunga Bunga
  • Bars and pubs
  • Battersea

This kitsch bar and restaurant in Battersea dedicated to disgraced Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi hosts Kara-soaky, ‘singing in the shower’ karaoke sessions, in the main space every Friday and Saturday night. And Singo Bingo (yup, ‘where karaoke meets bingo’) will happen every Thursday from July 1.  You can also book private karaoke parties.

  • Nightlife
  • Karaoke
  • Soho

For those who enjoy crooning into a hairbrush, but are too shy to take to the stage, Lucky Voice might be the solution. Private ‘pods’ ordinarily allow groups of four to 12 people to belt out the classics without any fear of embarrassment, but right now they will only accomodate up to six people or two households. Pizza and nibbles are basic, but the drinks menu is more extravagant: choose a snifter off the list to chase away any lingering inhibitions. With almost a million songs on the 
playlist, there will certainly be a tune you know – so no excuses. Branches in Soho, Holborn and Islington.

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Old Queens Head
  • Nightlife
  • Angel

Upstairs at this Essex Road party pub, there’s a karaoke room that you can hire for up to 15 people (in normal times). The monthly R&B Karaoke night starts up again in July.

  • Nightlife
  • Marylebone

EVENTS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED

This popular central London boozer is a good place to drink and an even better place to party. The venue hosts numerous club nights and nightlife events that are focused firmly on full-fat fun. Highlights of the packed party calendar include ‘massaoke’ (mass karaoke) singalong Friday I’m In Love, miserablist pop and indie night Feeling Gloomy (actually very fun and not really miserable, by the way) and Rockaoke, a rock and power ballad-driven singalong night.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
  • Bethnal Green

A laidback favourite on Bethnal Green Road, the Star has a private karaoke room powered by Lucky Voice that’s available for hire from Thursday to Sunday. Up to 15 people can squeeze in, although only six are allowed at the moment.

But what are you going to sing?

The 50 best karaoke songs
  • Music

We’ve put together a playlist of the greatest karaoke songs ever – party songs, love ballads, hip hop hits, rock anthems and duets – and sequenced them for a pitch-perfect karaoke experience.

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