Five of the Best: Karaoke Experiences in London

Monopolise the microphone or closet crooner?

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Rockaoke

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This is karaoke taken to the next level and the perfect option for a private party with a difference. Channel your inner exhibitionist and sing with a live band behind you. The hi-tech stage lighting, professional musicians and slick set up really give you an authentic taster of the real rock star experience.

ROCKAOKE LTD., 04 Park Square, Thorncliffe Park, Chapeltown, Sheffield, S35 2PX, 0114 220 2225, rockaoke.co.uk

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The Old Queens Head

Boasting a relaxed, intimate setting, the top floor of The Old Queens Head pub is Islington’s hidden karaoke gem. The room comes complete with a dressing up box so you can fully enhance your rockstar image, but the real sell is their infamous ‘booze button’ to replenish the necessary liquid courage. After you’ve run your vocal cords ragged, head into the main room where live DJs are on hand to keep the party going.

44 Essex Rd, London, N1 8LN, 020 7354 9993, theoldqueenshead.com

Yum Cha Silks & Spice

An unexpected contender, Camden’s Yum Cha is an oriental restaurant equipped with four karaoke rooms dependant on your party size. Rather than paying for the room, guests invest in a minimum spend of just £13 per person and the floor is yours for the entire night. With friendly staff, reasonable prices, and a cocktail menu that includes a mean lychee martini, prepare to be there for the long haul.

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27-28 Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8AG, 020 7482 2228, yumchasilksandspice.co.uk

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

Who would have thought that bowling and karaoke would be such a formidable combo? But it just works. The private karaoke booths offer a view of the bowling lanes, all kitted out in Fifties’ Americana décor – think dusty records on the wall and distinguished leather furniture. With the added benefit of touch-screen technology to ease the song-picking process, as well as a selection of speciality craft and German draft beers; even the most reluctant guests will be fighting over the mic in no time.

Lower Level, Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU, 020 7183 1979, bloomsburybowling.com

Lucky Voice Soho

We’re not ashamed to admit that we’re more than familiar with a karaoke mic, and ELLE-favourite Lucky Voice is frequently to blame. The chain of dimly-lit karaoke bars boasts comfortable Japanese-style booths, with the added bonus of a prop box (inflatable guitars and tambourines at the ready). Keen karaoke guests can even peruse the extensive song database beforehand to prep their inner Beyoncé.

52 Poland Street, London, W1F 7NQ, 020 7439 3660, luckyvoice.com

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