Lucky Voice Karaoke
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Tottenham Court Road
Mon-Thu 17:30 - 1:00
Fri-Sat 15:00 - 1:00
Sun 15:00 - 22:30
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- Good for Groups:
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- Happy Hour:
- Full Bar
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- Noise Level:
- Very Loud
- Good For Dancing:
- Wheelchair Accessible:
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24 reviews in English
Review from Robyn J.
Come, don't be afraid. We're going deep within the notorious heart of Soho, where we shall trip down glistening black steps into a gloomy cave full of hidden wonders and unspeakable activities. Take my hand as we prowl silently down murky low-slung hallways and lose ourselves amidst the directionless gloom. Peer cautiously through narrow windows subtly positioned on barely-visible doors, through which muffled echoes of cacophonous hysteria creep stealthily into the still air beyond. What is this shady place? Are we in 18th century London, lost in an opium-hazed brothel, surrounded by persons of ill repute?
Well, pretty much. We're actually in a karaoke bar on Poland St but let's face it, the similarities are endless.
I'd like to think that Lucky Voice has in fact set up in a former den of iniquity but I'll let you pay a visit and draw your own conclusions. NB The description above is not an exaggeration. They've certainly embraced the fact they are (literally) an underground organisation; the tunnels and booths stretch under Soho's streets and there are no windows to speak of, nor much in the way of lighting either. Don't complain: it means you can't see the facial expressions which accompany your screeching solo.
It's possible to change the lighting in the private rooms but I recommended you keep it low (low low low low low low low). At the press of a magic button, a lady will appear at the door to take your drinks order. There's a box full of dressing-up items for your vogueing requirements and a public bar to cool off in afterwards, surrounded by other shifty-looking patrons pretending that they didn't really enjoy the previous two hours and only did it because their friends made them and it was too expensive and they won't be back and god that was brilliant let's book it for next Thursday shall we?
Yup, den of iniquity all right.
Review from Alex S.
Lucky Voice is still the go-to spot for private room karaoke in London (in only my opinion of course). Comfortable rooms, great song selection, good sound, fun lights and props, the works.
I'd only been to the larger one in Islington before and overall, it's very much the same. Walk downstairs into space. There's a bar where you can sit and order drinks before they take you to your room. Plus your song in on the touch-screen and sing to your hearts delight.
As with both spaces, their song selection is great, but if you're from America (as I am) and looking for some songs you're used to singing in America (as I did), you will be disappointed. "My Name Is Jonas" by Weezer? Nope! "Jumper" by Semisonic? Nope! Sad. But a ton of other good songs and they're constantly adding to the selection. "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore? You bet.
The biggest difference I saw between this space and the Islington one was that the one in Angel has 2-for-1 happy hour drinks, which this one did not (sad). However, this one has wifi, which the other one does not (and both are kind of a black hole when it comes to service.) So you make the trade.
They do a deal on Sundays and Mondays for public service workers (NHS or teachers or the likes) where you get a free room as long as you spend a certain amount on booze (£40 I believe). Great deal and it's the way we rock our karaoke all the time.
Really though, I have a great time coming here every time. Now, if only I was a better singer. Hmmmm....
Review from Caren H.
Pure unadulterated fun. In private in your own room!
We went during the summer and it was hotter than hell.
We had some kerfuffles with the wait staff but I think we shoved too many people in a room and had some disagreements about what we ordered. They also throw you out on the second.
This place caters to Karaoke and is an amazing place for a good evening with friends.
Review from Thalie A.
Thank you for the music...
Ok, so we can't carry a tune in a paper bag but my friends & I thoroughly enjoyed a night at Lucky Voice for karaoke.
We sang(hmmm...), danced, laughed and murder each and every song we programmed into our pod machine.
I booked a room for 8 of us and blagged us each a free Cosmopolitan, as I organise a Sex & The City group. They were STRONG, so assisted us in singing even louder than the blokes down the hall.
Our pod was an adequate size and the equipment was in fine working order and an extensive song catalogue. Good seating space and little nooks and crannies to tuck your stuff in. Lucky Voice provides pod waiter service at the press of a bell and for 2hrs we were in karaoke heaven.
Booking is easy and I highly recommend it because they do get busy. Their drinks are strong...did I mention, the drinks are STRONG!! We'll defo be returning.
Review from Tristan J.
Poor Lucky Voice Soho.
My love for you has faded since your flashier, bigger and, quite frankly, better, Lucky Voice sibling opened in Islington. They serve draft beer there, have big windows in their bar area, rooms that are more flexible if an extra few people tag along and the corridor does not smell of wee.
Still, when centrality is required you still serve my singing needs well.
Review from Vikki M.
Having been a fan of Lucky Voice for years, I finally visited its Soho location a few months back with a big group of people from work.
The rabbit warren style booths, a lack of signal cutting you off from outside contact and the other-worldy sense you feel when you pop back up smack bang in the middle of Poland Street upon resurfacing makes it my favourite of the bunch.
Pink neon strip lighting, rooms big enough to hold 15, that classic 'thirsty' button. I love it all. Plus, if you work nearby, it's 50% off on a Wednesday night. Hooray!
Review from Catherine H.
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Now, I am not one who usually gets excited about Karaoke nights, mainly due to my singing voice which I personally think sounds like a howling dog in heat, and I rarely, if not ever sing in public. But when two of my closest friends kept hassling me about going to a private karaoke, I suddenly found the prospect of singing without an audience a lot less daunting and decided to join them for a night of singing antics.
We decided to go for the Lucky Voice chain. Although we were only 3, they put us in a room that they said is usually dedicated for a group of 6. It was perfect for us 3, but would have been very very tight had we been 6. Once we got there, we were led to our private space which was darkly lit and decorated with dark crimson walls. They have a pretty good selection of songs, new and old, and you are able to control all of the sound and volumes from your own room. There is also an amazing little button called "thirst" which magically contacts a waiter to come and take your orders for drinks. At £ 7.80 a bottle of beer however, be warned that the drinks are extortionately priced. At least we were prepared for it and had fueled up a little beforehand.
I had a really fun night at Lucky Voice, but I must warn you that it was a quite an expensive experience and it does tend to attract a lot of office party crowds. For more information on the rates and times it is always best to check the website or give them a call.
Review from Qype User (tikich…)
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Oh man. This place is TOO MUCH FUN!
I wish they had more rock anthems for me to belt out (Van Halen, AC/DC, cheesy stuff like that) in their otherwise impressive list of songs. But, aside from that (and the jacked up drink prices), I've gotta give it up for this private karaoke club. Air conditioned, plush rooms with drink service at the push of a button.
It's a brilliant venue for a variety of celebrations or simply a fun place to go with a bunch of friends.
Wallflower types will appreciate the private room, cosiness while spotlight hogs will love the captive audience feel.
Review from Simon D.
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Nowhere near as fun as the Angel branch, but conveniently close to Bodean's. The staff look and act like they're on the verge of topping themselves; and I can't blame them. Emptying booths of rowdy folks mid-Journey and presenting them with an astronomical bill to fight over can't be fun.
The cocktails are also worryingly patchy.
Review from Qype User (absint…)
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This was the first proper booth-style karaoke dive I ever attended, but it's since been mostly superseded by its sister branch in Angel. It's smaller and a bit more cramped than the Angel branch, with less in the way of special events and promos, but it retains a certain gritty charm that goes a long way.
Like all branches of Lucky Voice, you'll find the biggest list of songs anywhere, and they expand it all the time. It has the same dangerous combination of booze, crooning and waitress service that ensures the maximum spend from punters but that we've all come to know and love.
Review from John G.
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This was one where my nephew had a rest and let the others have a
go. Well, for some of us who were dubious about karaoke we had a great time. After my sparkling efforts I can only sit back and wait for Danni Minogue to contact me. Drinks reasonable and, we found, staff were brilliant. Thanks for a great evening!!
Review from Gemma D.
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Lucky Voice is a private karaoke bar catering for groups of 4 - 12 people. You book by the hour and select any songs you want from their computerised list.
There's a 'Thirsty' button to push when you'd like to order one of their amazing cocktails (or other drinks). They also serve food as well. I highly recommend their shots: some of them come with fizzy cola bottles or other sweets at the bottom of the glass. They also do an AMAZING cocktail: strawberry with popping candy!
This has got to be one of the best ways to spend an evening with friends: drinking, singing and, best of all, no one else can hear how bad you are!
Review from Qype User (thirst…)
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Bets place to do private karaoke in London.
Nice spacious rooms, decent TV size, modern dark interior, good choice of up to date songs which you can practice online beforehand.
Make sure you book as they get very busy. There is a limit to numbers per room so be prepared for that.
Good waiter service too.
Review from Qype User (ljric…)
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Visiting the labyrinthine Soho branch of Lucky Voice left me croaky but happy. It's exactly what you'd expect - an assortment of rooms which are rather fun to walk past, as the variety of greatest hits being belted out can inspire you once you're safely enclosed in your own cell.
If you're wondering what happens in a karaoke bar, it's this.
1. A group of you hire a room.
2. A song is chosen to play - then sung (preferably loudly and unsuitably) to the victims / companions who haven't managed to escape to safety.
3. Repeat step 2 until you run out of a) voice or b) time. You're not going to run out of songs.
Once you've finished wailing along to classic tunes, i.e. after step 3, you can retire to a lovely little bar at the back of the complex.
Things to know before you go to Lucky Voice Soho.
1. The book inside the booth has a list of "warm-up songs" (including Queen - always a karaoke winner).
2. The staff are friendly and easy-going
3. The buttons underneath the touch screen allow you to change the voice and music volume separately.
Oh, and finally, the best thing to wear to a Karaoke bar?
Review from Qype User (mrpoin…)
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Lucky Voice Soho and I go way back; my wife (and fellow Qyper), finger constantly on the pulse of London's ever-shifting entertainment landscape, surprised me with a trip there on just its second day of opening. I, finger far from the pulse and halfway up my nose, thought it was still Yo! Below. At the time, it felt classy, unique, cutting edge and, most importantly, ridiculously good fun.
Fast forward to 2011. I've now lost track of how many times I've visited this dimly lit, maze-like retreat, packed into one of its cocktail lounge-cum-padded cell private rooms, crooned, wailed and screamed to its diverse, ever-burgeoning tracklist, and emerged with a voice like The League of Gentlemen's Barbara Dixon. This may have something to do with the free room hire vouchers that appear to be in constant supply to me and my faithful karaoke cohorts (courtesy of LV's extremely generous Twitter representative Dan), but hey, it means we have more precious Asahi money to play with.
I've only once visited its (superior) sister venue in Islington, and have no idea what its younger, Brighton and Manchester-based siblings are like, but I get the distinct feeling that the Soho branch is now the runt of the litter.
Nothing, save the songs and menu (and staff, but I'll get to that later) appears to have changed since day one; the once pristine microphones are misshapen lumps, presumably because the combination of beer goggles and lack of illumination has caused some to mistake them for weighty lollipops; the novelty props look like they're harvesting several dozen strains of hitherto undiscovered bacteria (and where did the bongos go?); and journeys to the toilet are still a disorientating odyssey (if anything, I think a few blacklit UV arrows would actually contribute to the sex dungeon ambience).
Bafflingly, nobody appears to have bothered to make an earnest stab at going toe-to-toe with LV's brand of designer karaoke, and I suspect it's this lack of competition that's bred a certain degree of complacency. Perhaps it's time to once again look to Tokyo's top-flight karaoke dens or even the likes of Brighton's Hotel Pelirocco - for inspiration; a fresh lick of paint, themed rooms, updated equipment, more dress-up opportunities - even applying a SingStar/Lips-esque competitive element to a selection of the most popular tunes could restore vitality to this now rather tired-looking ground zero of the UK luxury karaoke scene.
As it stands, classy, unique and cutting edge it may no longer be, but it's still ridiculously good fun.
A final observation: every time I visit Lucky Voice Soho and, as I've established, it's not infrequently the entire workforce appears to have been refreshed. That said, any workplace where one of your employees' key responsibilities is attempting to coax a group of roaring drunks out of a room while in the midst of destroying 'We Built This City' and then looking on wearily as they shambolically struggle to split the bill, is likely to have a high staff turnover. I imagine trying to discipline a pitbull just by waving your groin at it is a less futile endeavour.
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Review from Alia D.
FUN FUN FUN!!
I should start by saying that I couldn't carry a tune if I had handles. I suck at Karaoke. While some would argue that this is part of the fun, I must correct them by sing a few lines from any song. I do get a bit of anxiety, like sweaty palms and under boobies anxiety when singing in front of a crowd. Inebriated or not, it will always be a nerve racking experience, not so much on the fun side. However, singing in a private room surrounded by friends who will forgive me for killing small animals with my vocal talents is much better and more comfortable. What makes the experience of booth singing better is when everyone else in your party is a closet Broadway and Disney song freak! When someone else can sing "A Whole New World" opposite you as Jasmine without looking at the words, its a magical night. When a few people can get together and sing "Skid Row" from "Little Shop of Horrors" as Seymore, Audrey AND the chorus girls it is a night to remember.
Lucky Voice was kind of hard to find for us out-of-towners. It wasn't actually street level and there aren't any big neon tell tale signs. You just have to look for a black gate, a pink banner, pray that the front light is on and walk down the steps. We had made reservations for a 6 person room and 8 people showed up. I thought this would be a bad thing but there was plenty room for all of us. Their drinks were very reasonably priced and there is a call button you use to order. The kareoke is all computer based so you make your selections on a touch screen and cue up your nights playlist. They have a lot of recent popular songs and a pretty decent Broadway and Disney selection. Some of the tempos were off on the songs but I suspect that has something to do with the copyrights. For our party it was very reasonable priced and fairly easy to get to. I will be returning to London for work and I will definitely make another trip out to Lucky Voice. It was definitely one of the top memorable moments of my trip there.
Review from Carrie A.
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Review from Qype User (Jonla…)
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Really liked this one - a bit expensive, to be fair, but no complaints about the fact that Kirin Ichiban and Asahi were on the menu and had a really good night. One of those places where so much depends on who you're with, though. If you need a couple of drinks to get going, you should probably be prepared for a fairly expensive night!
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Review from Qype User (sally_…)
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Had a super-fun night here. We all left hoarse but happy! A lot of people say this place is expensive- it was £80 for a room for 8 for 2 hours. This seemed fair enough- you would pay that to go to the cinema. The only thing was when one person dropped out and I called in advance to explain they couldn't negotiate even though it was a Tuesday night. Splitting tabs in a group can be headache and they wouldn't let us pay for drinks as we went along- although they did let us pay individually for what we had at the end and did this very efficiently with minimum fuss. Will be sure to go back.
Review from Qype User (jennif…)
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We booked in at 6.30pm, with a woman who had no smile and made us feel like we were generally an annoyance to her. She preceded to take drink orders throughout the evening with a scowl on her face. And when we were reminded towards the end of our slot that our time was nearly up, she then came back to our room and switch off our last song at 8.28pm (2 minutes before we were officially meant to finish!) and part way through the song.
When we went to reception to pay our bill, we put in a complaint about the service. We were told by the receptionist that she believed the manager had done a perfectly good job, we also spoke to the manager who did not seem particularly bothered at all that we were unhappy with the service, and said well, I've said sorry!. We continued the conversation with the receptionist and explained that we were with clients that day and that with the amount of money spent on room hire, we felt that it was in our rights to make note of the poor service. She then said, well, we get these complaints all the time, there's nothing we can do about it!. We said that next time we would take our business to Bloomsbury Lanes and she replied well, fine then, you do that!.
All in all, a disgraceful attempt at good service. Something that we expected to be of high calibre when coming to such a well known, expensive karaoke venue.
We will not be returning here, we will go to Bloomsbury Lanes for sure! It's a hell of a lot cheaper there and much more fun with bowling as well.
Review from Qype User (npurwa…)
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It was a great evening with the colleagues from the office. Lots of laughs and fantastic range of music from old chessy pop to current top charters. music that meets every generation! food and drinks are reasonably priced. It was a unforgettable night out!
Review from Mimi M.
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Lucky Voice offers up karaoke with a big difference. We believe that karaoke really is the most liberating, heart-racing, life confirming experience on earth. You should be free to indulge your inner pop star and belt out those guilty pleasures.
Established in 2005
Lucky Voice was founded by dot.com superstar Martha Lane Fox and Nick Thistleton in 2005.
Starting at a small underground bar in Soho our first luxury private karaoke bar opened offering everything we do now. A great song list, the latest touch screen technology and chic cocktails. Hundreds of thousands of blissfully happy singers later (including tonnes of celebs - not that we like to boast!), we've now opened private karaoke bars across the UK.