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The best karaoke bars in London

We round up the best bars, clubs, pubs and venues in London where the soundtrack is BYO

By Time Out editors
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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

Lucky Voice Soho

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. Nine private ‘pods’ allow groups of four to 12 people to belt out a classic without any fear of embarrassment. 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 
play-list, there will certainly be a tune you know – so no excuses.

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Lucky Voice Islington

Nightlife Karaoke Islington

This is the Islington branch of the original Lucky Voice in Soho. Nine private ‘pods’ allow groups of four to 12 people to belt out a classic without any fear of embarrassment. Pizza and nibbles are basic, but the drinks menu is extensive: cocktails dominate, and there are wines and spirits by both the glass and the bottle to loosen the vocal cords and inhibitions.

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The Phoenix, Cavendish Square
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The Phoenix

Nightlife Marylebone

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.

Star by Hackney Downs
Ewan Munro

Star by Hackney Downs

Bars and pubs Pubs Hackney

A refurbished pub on the edge of Hackney Downs, with beer from local breweries London Fields and Redchurch, stone-baked pizzas, karaoke and DJs. Decor takes the theme of a Victorian circus, with the main bar based on a carousel. There's also an outdoor terrace. Owner Rob Star also runs the Star of Bethnal Green and Star of Kings in King's Cross.

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