The Best Karaoke Rooms in London

Sing your heart out at one of London's karaoke rooms
Sing your heart out at one of London's karaoke rooms | © Steven Siewert / Fairfax Media via Getty Images
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Staff Writer16 December 2019

From hotel hideaways to secret rooms above restaurants, karaoke in London is thriving – and these are the best places to sing your heart out.

Karaoke rooms are dotted all across London, hidden away in the backrooms of restaurants, hotels, and even laundrettes | © Steve Siewert/Fairfax Media via Getty Images

If you’ve been looking to belt out your best Sinatra impression, but need a bit of Dutch courage to take the stage, don’t fear: London has a range of brilliant karaoke rooms for you to live your dream. Tucked away in backstreets and hidden in hotels and restaurants, these spaces are made for you and your friends to tear the house down in the way your high school rock band never could.

Karaoke EPOC

Bar, Japanese
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You wouldn’t look twice at Karaoke EPOC. Hidden in plain sight on Brewer Street in the centre of Soho, this BYOB karaoke bar looks like a run-down laundrette from the outside. Stepping inside gives nothing away either; you’ll encounter a second-hand Japanese bookstore stocked with manga. But if you work your way to the very back of the store, you’ll find the door to Karaoke EPOC – far enough away from the street that nobody will hear you butcher ‘Crazy In Love’.

Jihwaja

Restaurant, Korean
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Jihwaja is a place that’s made for a good time. Boasting some of the city’s best Korean food, at exceptionally reasonable prices, and with a free-pouring attitude to soju, Jihwaja on its own would be a hell of a night out. But with multiple karaoke rooms, set up with everything from Motown to K-pop, you could easily find yourself staying there until closing time, or until they run out of bottles of Kirin Ichiban – whichever comes first.

Mama Shelter London

Budget Hotel
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Mama Shelter has been causing quite a stir in the city’s hotel scene since opening in September 2019. This party-forward hotel chain, which began life in Paris and has now spread across Europe, has a reputation that precedes itself, with its Philippe Starck design, raucous bars and free movies – of any kind – in its rooms. But guests in their London hotel get an extra bonus: one free hour in their soundproofed karaoke rooms, where you can run through the hits as wild as you want without fear of a noise complaint from next door.

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BAO Borough

Restaurant, Taiwanese
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Known more for their addictive pork buns and long, snaking queues, BAO – with their latest restaurant in Borough Market – has entered into new territory with the opening of their karaoke room. With a tailor-made platter menu, pitchers of cocktails and buckets of Taiwanese beer, BAO’s sleek modern space might just be the most in-demand karaoke room in the city. Grab as many friends as you can for the karaoke feast of a lifetime – bookings start from six people upwards.

The Coach and Horses

Pub, British, $$$
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Not so much a karaoke room as a karaoke pub, the Coach & Horses in Soho is the place for a proper Cockney knees-up. Complete with a piano and a deck of songsheets, this quaint little watering hole comes alive on a Sunday afternoon, with regulars and newbies alike belting out the classics of yesteryear. Even watching the crowd as the songs start up is a spectacle in itself, but the urge to join in is irresistible; before you know it you’ll be up on the table, having somehow picked up all the words to ‘The Lambeth Walk’.

These recommendations were updated on December 16, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.