Best karaoke venues in London

Make your night out in London even more fun with a visit to one of the capital’s top karaoke venues. SquareMeal has put together this fantastic guide to the best karaoke venues in London, taking the hassle out of searching the capital for a great place to enjoy a spot of singing. Whether its for a birthday party, leaving party or just a great night out with friends, karaoke will guarantee a good laugh. Many venues featured here in SquareMeal’s list of the best karaoke venues in London are restaurants too, meaning that you can combine a great meal out with some karaoke for dessert.

Updated on 07 August 2018

For more drinking inspiration, see our recommendations for the best bars in London. Each SquareMeal listing features an independent review, as well as reviews from those who have visited, together with unique special offers such as free drinks and discounts.

Karaoke Box - Smithfield Street

Karaoke Box - Smithfield Street

12 Smithfield Street, London, EC1A 9LA

City types considering swapping their financial careers for The X Factor or the pop charts could test out their vocal cords at Karaoke Box – a snazzy, subterranean singalong complex by Smithfield Market. This rabbit warren sees 16 private rooms on hand to guarantee maximum embarrassment or instant fame. Luckily there’s a good selection of Japanese-inspired cocktails if you need some Dutch courage beforehand or consolation after hitting a few bum notes – try sweet Tokyo, made with watermelon liqueur, peach purée & raspberry vodka. An assortment of sushi, finger food & pizzas named after starry singers (a slice of Rihanna, anyone?) are just a button-push away if you need to summon a kimono-clad waitress.

Bars
Lucky Voice Soho

Lucky Voice Soho

52 Poland Street, London, W1F 7NQ

Lady Gaga or Radio Ga Ga? The Ting Tings or My Ding-a-Ling? Either way, murder your musical heroes in a state-of-the-art booth at Lucky Voice. Come early doors, when costs are as low as £5 per person per hour, & you can knock back Jim Morrison’s favourite, Jim Beam – mixed with cinnamon, Drambuie & honey in a Soho speakeasy martini. Parties of all sizes (& vocal abilities) can be accommodated, & larynx-lubricating long drinks include Tokyo mule, kimono & J-Pop (an alco tuck-shop treat topped with giant Parma violets). Bag a bottle of Belvedere or Beefeater 24 (£145, mixers included) plus one of the deep-pan pizzas if you’re in for the long haul. Kirin & Asahi are the boy-band beers, while £15.95 will get you a bottle of Spanish house vino.

Bars
Sushi Hiroba

Sushi Hiroba

50-54 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6EP

This serviceable kaiten outfit on busy Kingsway is a popular shout for local workers & LSE students in search of a quick sushi fill-up – though larger groups can pack into the side booths for mighty bowls of noodles followed by a karaoke session in one of the bookable spaces downstairs. Top-notch sushi & sashimi, freshly prepared by chefs in the centre of the conveyor belt, includes mackerel, sweet shrimps & fatty tuna belly, all served on colour-coded plates (£2.20-5.20 each). Bulging hand rolls, neat maki & battleship maki loaded with gleaming fish roe are equally tempting, though hot dishes such as chicken teriyaki are more hit & miss. The set-up is smart – think a gleaming black counter & Japanese artwork lit by traditional square lanterns – but there have been a few gripes about service.

£30 - £49
Sushi
Japanese
Bao Borough

Bao Borough

13 Stoney Street, London, SE1 9AD

The ever-popular Bao (which already has sites in Fitzrovia and Soho) now has a third location right by Borough Market. It has branched out in its food offering as well as its location; instead of just bao buns, guests are able to enjoy various dishes from the grill, as well as late-night noodle plates with a bunch of accompaniments. What's more, there's also a hatch at the front of the restaurant serving grab-and-go dishes to take away.

But everyone is really here for the signature buns, with two recommended per person alongside two-to-three sides, ticked off on the laminated menu cards and brought out as and when they are ready by efficient, informal staff.

Stand-outs include Taiwanese fried chicken served with hot sauce - crunchy, fiery and finger-lickingly indulgent - and the spiced butter scallops, a touch of luxury in an otherwise casual meal. The signature buns didn’t disappoint either, and although the classic bao (braised pork with peanut powder) is a solid winner, it’s nothing compared to the chicken nugget bao, which comes complete with hot sauce and Sichuan mayo. 

Our only draw-back? The cocktails didn't impress; stick instead to the sake or grab a couple of Bao Oolong Lagers - just the thing to get your vocal cords lubricated ahead of belting out a power ballad in the 12-seater karaoke room in the restaurant’s basement. True to Asia's late-night bars, the room is decorated in monochrome tiles and multi-coloured disco lights.

With bookings only available for groups of five or more, queueing is still likely, but with diners seated elbow-rubbingly close to one another, you can't say they don't find room for as many customers as possible, though despite the close quarters, the mirrored walls, skylight and open kitchen mean it doesn't feel too cramped. And with prices kept refreshingly low, your wallet will be (nearly) as happy as your belly when you leave.

Under £30
Taiwanese
Bloomsbury Lanes

Bloomsbury Lanes

Basement of Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU

An authentically 1950s’ American bowling alley in London, Bloomsbury Lanes has eschewed the glitz & glamour of other boutique venues in favour of authenticity, kitting itself out with reclaimed fittings wherever possible. Laneside meals take the form of classic diner food, from buffalo wings & chilli nachos to ice creams & shakes. In between, go for the juicy Kingpin Burger or the Bloomsbury club sandwich – unless you fancy a hot dog, pizza or salad. Fittingly for a tenpin alley, there are 10 beers & ciders, plus so-called ‘hard shakes’ – ice cream concoctions laced with liquor: a shot of the fiendishly good Brooklyn hit (vanilla ice cream, Jack Daniel’s, peanut butter & maple syrup) is just the thing to boost your bowling prowess. Or maybe not.

£30 - £49
North American
Ribon

Ribon

6 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2AE

The waitresses are dressed in traditional garb, there’s Tokyo ‘J-Pop’ on the stereo, and handwritten specials such as grilled ox tongue supplement the menu – so you know that Ribon is the real oriental deal. ‘Big Ben’ bento boxes are tailored to the lunchtime crowd, while legions of Japanese businessmen are often ensconced here late into the evening, eating sushi and sashimi, knocking back shots of booze or diligently working their way through the phone book-sized selection of karaoke classics in the private rooms downstairs. The decor might be shabby, but you come here for the food, including grilled salted salmon belly, light-as-a-feather prawn tempura, sukiyaki prepared tableside or hotpots packed with wafer-thin pork leg in a fiery broth. Depending on the weather, round off with a shot of hot, cold or frozen saké.

£30 - £49
Sushi
Japanese
The Karaoke Hole

The Karaoke Hole

95 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB

Bars