Japan has given us a lot of great stuff. One of their biggest gifts is the Empty Orchestra. Or as you might know it, Karaoke.
Karaoke has flourished in London from dedicated karaoke party venues to neighbourhood pubs. And the nightlife in London is all the better for it.
We’ve put together a list of the coolest karaoke bars in London for you to see for yourself.
Mama Shelter Shoreditch literally does it all. You can stay there, eat there, drink there, and… sing your heart out! The place is unapologetically full of colour, and you can book the rooms for reasonable prices.
Mama Shelter gives you a lot of reasons to book with them, and fewer reasons to leave once you check-in: the Japanese-style karaoke rooms; complimentary pizza and cava for every room; on-demand movies in all bedrooms; and a big cooked breakfast for when you wake up.
Lucky Voice was inspired by a 24-hour karaoke marathon in Japan. Founders Martha Lane Fox, Nick Thistleton, Julian Douglas and Jonny Shaw decided they had to bring the life-affirming joy they’d discovered back to the UK. In the summer of 2005, Lucky Voice Soho opened its doors. You can book it for up to 160 people.
They now have three more venues and launched their Karaoke Kits in Harrods in 2009. So, the party doesn’t have to stop once you leave their venues. You can still sing with their online karaoke player for free if you want to keep your vocal cords in shape.
Book Your Afterwork Rooms
Maggie’s Club isn’t specifically a karaoke bar; it’s an 80’s themed nightclub. BUT, they do Wednesday karaoke night, so it’s a great option for karaoke in London. You can also rent the venue for private group events.
It’s not a bar with 80’s movies posters on the walls. Maggie’s Club goes all in. It’s basically a fully functional museum.
Star of Bethnal Green
Star of Bethnal Green rubs shoulders with traditional East End pubs. Once you step foot inside, however, you’ll realise it’s anything but a ‘traditional’ pub. It celebrates the weird, the wonderful, and the colourful.
The Star of Bethnal Green redefines what it is to be a friendly local pub, with a range of exciting entertainment to enjoy. It’s particularly known for parties, including an appearance by famous actor Idris Elba moonlighting as a DJ.
The Star is like a house-turned-pub space of dark woods, retro lampshades and lots of socialising. Good food too. Book a karaoke night upstairs and sing the night away.
The Bat and Ball
The UV booth is an awesome addition, and there are over 20,000 songs, so you’re spoilt for choice. If you are short of inspiration, the Games Master will be around to help find your karaoke spirit animal.
The brunch weekends are an event in their own right. Use it as a warm-up for their evening entertainment of drinks, dinner and dancing. Everything is geared towards group entertainment, so it’s a great option for a team-building activity.
All Star Lanes
All Star Lane is in the trendy Brick Lane. Facilities include bowling lanes, a restaurant, bar, lounge area and karaoke booths. The karaoke booths can accommodate up to 14 guests, and you can book them online.
Their speciality is quality American food. It’s a flashy joint, styled on the swanky rooftop terraces of Manhattan. If you’re really impressed, you can hire the whole venue for up to 130 people.
The Hucksters go for good ingredients for their cocktails and food. They also put great effort into making this venue look really special. Following the themes of the food, the decoration makes this an international and vibrant place to be.
Filled with neon and bright colours, the karaoke lounge and rooms are for private hire for between 4 & 50 people.
For something a little different in London, check out retro Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Their bowling lanes capture the typical bowling alleys of 1950’s America. Their cocktails and shakes have the same effect.
They have five karaoke rooms to choose from for your party. The nightlife isn’t’ shabby either. DJs and live music fill the air as well as the sound of crushing bowling balls.
You can book for up to 50 guests, and if they get hungry, dare them to order the 26” pizza.
Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is in the business end of Camden Town. You could spend the day here.
They have three electronic beer pong tables that promise to be great fun. If you don’t fancy the beer, you can always turn to their signature cocktails.
After that, you’ll probably need some of Lan Kwai Fong’s snacks, which range from deep-fried chicken wings to soft shell crab to salt and pepper tofu. If you can’t wait to get there, check out their menu.
The showpiece of Lan Kwai Fong, however, is the private party rooms. Each comes with state of the art karaoke systems and high-definition plasma screens, which are perfect for the party or presentation that needs a twist.
The Old Queens Head
This bar is a lively neighbourhood institution, hosting a wild weekly pub quiz, live comedy and music, and massive weekend parties. That’s without mentioning the private room available for hire plus karaoke rooms.
They specialise in burgers, brunch, and classic British roasts so you’re set for a full evening of karaoke in London!
Pong by 1989
PONG by 1989 serves a wide variety of drinks and cocktails and is an alternative group activity to your usual night out. From 5 pm, the vibe turns to more of a party, with their group of house DJ’s playing a selection of hip-hop pop music.
Pong is famous for its PONGConnect™ Digital Beer Pong Table system. It’s a sure-fire way to help the competitive among us indulge in a bit of playful rivalry. Remember, you’re not just competing against the folk next to you, you’re playing against the world via the app.
For private parties and groups, they have a VIP karaoke room equipped with a karaoke system and a PONGConnect beer Pong table for private use and unlimited play. It’s a perfect pick for private parties.
The inventiveness of the places on this list is amazing. But what else do you expect from karaoke in London?
Well, we now know for certainty that your trip to a London pub can be easily turned into a party.
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