If there was one thing firmly off the agenda during the pandemic, it was karaoke. Now, with restrictions lifted - and Covid protocols in place - we can get back to belting out the hits with our mates. Here’s our guide to the best places to book for karaoke in London, where the food’s as good as the song list.
Borough - 13 Stoney St, London SE1 9AD
The private KTV room at BAO’s Borough location features a centre stage and screen with disco lights. To keep your strength up there’s a special KTV menu which features large sharing platters and cocktail pitchers.
Capacity: Six to 14
Also see: There’s a large karaoke room at Bao Noodle Shop in Shoreditch too.
Follow them on Instagram: @bao_london
Bloomsbury - Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 9EU
There are five karaoke rooms at this Bloomsbury bowling alley - with 30,000 songs at your disposal, you’re bound to find something you like. Food-wise, it’s an American vibe with Ray’s Pizza, burgers and hot dogs on offer.
Capacity: Eight to 25
Follow them on Instagram: @bloomsburybowlinglanes
Battersea - 37 Battersea Bridge Rd, London SW11 3BA
Bunga Bunga’s Battersea location has gone for a bathroom theme, so you can perform your standout solo in one of three shower cubicles, complete with microphone showerheads. Each group in this area is in their own ‘bathroom bubble’ separated by see-through shower curtains. Enjoy cocktails served in mini bathtubs and pizza to go with them.
Capacity: This is more of a group thing rather than a private karaoke room
Follow them on Instagram: @bungabungaldn
Vauxhall - 353A Kennington Lane, London SE11 5QY
Down in Vauxhall, Jihwaja do a nice line in Korean tapas and sharing dishes, with options like Korean fried chicken, japchae with sweet potato and pumpkin korokke. Lyrics are available in English, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.
Capacity: Several rooms available from a party of 4 up to double rooms with space for up to 30
Follow them on Instagram: @jihwajalondon
Camden - 27 Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm, London NW1 8AG
Work your way through a classic old-school Chinese restaurant menu at this popular Camden spot - so prawn toast, bang bang chicken and sweet and sour pork, alongside up-to-the-minute cocktails like gummy bear shots and green tea mojitos.
Capacity: One room up to 30, the other up to 50
Follow them on Instagram: @camden_lkf
Islington - 44 Essex Rd, London N1 8LN
Lucky Chip are the folks serving up food at this Essex Road pub. So get the burgers and tater tots in and don’t forget the Disco Flurry for dessert to keep the party going.
Capacity: There are two rooms here - the Karaoke Room (up to 15) and The Playroom (up to 70).
Follow them on Instagram: @oldqueenshead
Homerton - 23-25 Homerton High St, London E9 6JP
The downstairs room at The Plough is all kitted out for a private karaoke hire, and the food and drink offering is on point too. Here, it’s Hot4U providing the food and it’s pretty left-field - think bone marrow whisky luges and builder's tea cheesecakes.
Capacity: It's up to 60 standing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Follow them on Instagram: @theploughe9
Greenwich - Millenium Leisure Park, Bugsby's Way, London SE10 0QJ
Whether it’s bubble tea you need to lubricate your vocal cords or hard liquor, this Sichuan restaurant on the Greenwich Peninsular is the place for you. On the menu, you’ll find MaPo tofu with minced pork, fragrant chicken in dried chillies or hot pot specials
Capacity: Six private karaoke rooms of varying sizes and designs.
Follow them on Instagram: @sichuan_restaurant_
Clapton - 35 Queensdown Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 8JQ
Book the karaoke room at The Star and get the party started with one of their drinks packages so you can get straight into the singing. As for the food, that’s by Black Star Kitchen, who serve up classics with a Ghanaian twist so think nachos, veggie sharing platters and Jerk chicken burgers.
Capacity: Up to 15
Follow them on Instagram: @starbyhackneydowns
Holborn - 4 Central Piazza St Giles, Saint Giles High Street, London WC2H 8AB
The modern wooden-clad karaoke room sits beneath the restaurant which you'll find just beside Google UK, You could always dine from the full menu upstairs first, but if you just want food delivered to the room, then you’ll get Korean fried chicken, chilli squid and traditional mandoo dumplings to fuel the fun.
Capacity: Up to 14
Follow them on Instagram: @superstarbbquk
Bloomsbury - 30 Woburn Pl, London WC1H 0JR
Karaoke is a big thing at Korean chicken specialists Wing Wing. The good news is that here they're totally geared up for parties, with party packs consisting of a combo of their signature wings (choose from hot, soy garlic, liquorice or mixed), calamari, prawns, fries and kimchi coleslaw. There's loads of draught beer to accompany that - look out for the bottom-up dispensers - along with cocktails on tap.
Capacity: Up to 10
Also see: Wing Wing have karaoke rooms at Hammersmith, which is currently closed because of the flooding, and will also have rooms at their upcoming Chinatown flagship restaurant.
Follow them on Instagram: @wearewingwing
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