Wednesday, January 28, 2009

There is absolutely nothing in the world you can name that cannot be found in London. Take the simple Asian pleasure that is karaoke for instance. Here, we have:
  • Hip Hop Karaoke - HHK is a monthly affair which allows you to tap into your inner gangsta' and display it for all and sundry to see. The event is free and takes place on the third Thursday of the month at The Social with doors opening at 6 pm. While I'd certainly love to check it out one of these days, I know for sure I would never be able to do this. For one thing, I didn't recognise any song on their playlist other than 50 Cent - In Da Club and I would never do that sober and/or voluntarily!
  • Soulbrew Karaoke - If you've ever wanted to go on stage and belt out songs from the good ol' days of Motown with the backing of a 5-piece band, then this is the night for you. The next one takes place this Friday, January 30th, at Vibe Bar on Brick Lane from 8 pm to 1 am (entry: £4). Check out videos from previous Soulbrew Karaoke sessions here.
  • Karauke - Pronounced "carry-you-kee", this is the best of the lot, in my humble opinion. Any genre of music sung with the backing of a ukulele orchestra. I'll never be able to listen to Human League - Don't You Want Me Baby in quite the same way ever again. This takes place on the third Thursday of the month at the The Royal George (1-3 Goslett Yard, off Charing Cross Road, WC2) from 7 pm (entry: £5).
  • Eat and Drink - And of course, for plain ol' simple karaoke, there's always Eat and Drink Chinese restaurant, aka the secret Chinese karaoke restaurant on Artillery Passage (off Bishopsgate). It's essentially a karaoke free-for-all, with karaoke commencing at 9 pm. Opening times are variable so it's advisable to call in advance (tel: 0871 971 6632). Prices for meals are about £25 per head, so one website advises.

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