London is not only the capital of Great Britain but also one of the world’s centres of fashion and entertainment, art and… karaoke. The city with a population of about 10 million is full of all kinds of karaoke establishments. Such a wide choice means everyone will be able to pick something to their liking. Here are 5 London karaoke bars which are an absolute must on your holiday itinerary.
Address: 84 Chancery Lane, Across London, WC2A 1DL
Karaoke price: £7+ per hour per person.
Lucky Voice is a well-known London karaoke bar chain. You can find the most notable one of them in Holborn. People literally call it “the temple of joy”. It is designed for 80 people in the main bar and for another 120 in ten separate VIP booths which can accommodate from 4 to 30 guests.
The Lucky Voice design won’t let you forget, not even for a moment, why you came here – and that is to sing and to have fun. A noisy cocktail hall and its velvet stools; a DJ… A karaoke booth where you can record yourself singing and immediately send it to all of your friends who didn’t happen to be cool enough to go to karaoke with you.
Each VIP booth has light and colour disco equipment that you can adjust any way you like it with a personal remote control. There are disco balls even in the restrooms. And for those who lack courage, there is always a “Thirsty” button at hand. It will let the waiter know that you need something to drink.
Address: 437 Hackney Road, E28PP
Mama Shelter is a hotel and a restaurant with some of the best karaoke rooms in London. You should probably not only come here in the evening to enjoy some singing but also rent a room and stay for the night as well. All their rooms have home theatres and all the guests get a pizza and cava (Spanish champagne) as a gift. The highlight of Mama Shelter is its Japanese-style karaoke room.
In addition to the festive atmosphere, the establishment is also famous for its cuisine. That’s why you should probably get ready to have put on some weight when leaving this place as it’s just impossible to resist. Normally it’s not too easy to get a seat by just walking in, so you should take care and book a table in advance.
Address: 18 Frith Street, W1D 4RQ
Karaoke price: £30+ per hour per 5 people.
Karaoke Box is a London chain, famous for its welcoming private karaoke rooms and incredibly well-stocked bars. Karaoke Box is designed for two things: drinking and singing. If passing an hour or two with a glass of Guinness and first-class karaoke is what you have in mind – you’ve come to the right place.
The Karaoke Box bars vary from district to district. The largest one, with 15 rooms for rent, is located in Smithfield, and the smallest one, with only a couple of rooms, with thrilling after-parties and wonderful cuisine, is in Soho.
While the quarantine still tightly keeps hold of our usual lifestyle and karaoke clubs work extremely irregularly, a reasonable question arises: Where can I sing? If you’re sick and tired of singing to your four walls and still can’t change anything, why not use the world’s biggest singing platform – Instagram?
Star of Bethnal Green
Address: 359 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6LG
Karaoke price: £49 per hour.
Although, at first glance, Bethnal Green looks most like a typical London pub, that’s definitely not so. As soon as you get inside, you realise this is a very peculiar and beautiful place. Star of Bethnal Green is a new view on what it means to be a friendly local pub with an assortment of exciting features. The pub is especially well-known for its parties and Idris Elba’s performances in particular: this world-famous actor sometimes DJs here.
The most important part of the pub for us though is its basement where there is a small karaoke room for 15 people only. It is extremely hard to get into this holy of holies of Bethnal Green without a prior reservation. After all, as they say, the karaoke here is one of the best in the entire East End. The prices are pretty high as well: £49 per hour per person on weekdays and £69 – at the weekend.
The Bat and BallWebsite: https://www.thebatandball.com/
Address: Unit 1110/11 Westfield Stratford, Montfichet Road, E20 1EJ
Karaoke price: £8+ per hour per person.
In most London establishments karaoke is only an additional option for guests' entertainment. Karaoke at The Bat and Ball is no exception as the speciality of this place is actually table tennis. True fans of this kind of sport gather here. Where else in London can you play such a rarity as beer pong?
In addition to tennis tables all over the place, The Bat and Ball is famous for its fabulous parties, DJs and karaoke. Karaoke contests take place here twice a week and unfailingly attract a lot of enthusiastic singers. And for the rest of the guests, a small karaoke room is open every evening. The Bat and Ball song catalogue is one of the largest ever, with 20,000 tracks at your disposal.
That's it for today. Next time we are going to continue our journey through the world karaoke capitals. Have a fun karaoke!