London is a city well known for its love of music; some of the world’s greatest bands began life here, and the location hosts regular gigs from emerging acts and musical stars from around the globe. However, London is also a place ideal for non-professional music fans to gather with friends or family and try their hand at some of the classics at a karaoke night – here’s our pick of the very best.
Mayfair, Smithfield & Soho
London’s Karaoke Box is comprised of not one, not two, but three separate venues, all with their own unique vibe and atmosphere. Soho’s venue is the original, and offers more traditional karaoke surroundings than the others. Mayfair’s branch of Karaoke Box is perhaps unsurprisingly the most lavish of the three, with private rooms for between four and 25 guests and a deluxe VIP room for if you’re feeling particularly upscale! There’s every luxury at this venue, with wireless microphones, touch screen control and even a baby grand piano for those who take their karaoke particularly seriously while enjoying their spa night breaks in London. There’s an impressive cocktail bar and room service available for each hour-long karaoke session from the afternoon onwards.
The Old Queens Head
The entire top floor of this pub is dedicated to karaoke, with a personal host on hand for booked karaoke evenings, ensuring you can keep the drinks flowing and delicious food coming during your visit from the Montcalm London. There’s room for up to 15 guests, and the room also includes access to a dressing up box to ensure you’re dressed to match your choice of musical artist.
Considered a favourite haunt of Prince Harry, this popular restaurant was initially inspired by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and includes a well-stocked bar as well as karaoke sessions every Wednesday from 10pm until late. The venue also takes bookings for karaoke parties, and you can continue the Italian theme with the finest wines plus Martini and Campari cocktails to help bring out the inner songbird in even the most reluctant attendee!
Soho & Islington
There’s two branches of Lucky Voice to choose from in London, in Soho and Islington respectively. The venues include everything from private pods and a ‘booze button’ to replenish drinks orders, to a well-stocked dressing up box for the ultra-enthusiastic karaoke fan visiting the Montcalm London.
This London pub hosts hugely popular karaoke nights, so be prepared for a crowd! Specialising in ‘mass-karaoke’, the whole crowd is encouraged to sing along with a live band. Other events include ‘Rockaoke’ for rock songs and power ballads galore, and there’s also a ‘Feeling Gloomy’ karaoke night filled with indie pop songs with a significantly less up-tempo feel than you might expect from the average karaoke night – but this is one event which is certainly striving to be anything but average!