The best karaoke bars in London

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With January and February out of the way, it's time to try something new in 2016. In the coming-of-old-age comedy I'll See You in My Dreams, Carol, played by Blythe Danner, lets go of her inhibitions and rediscovers singing when she heads to a karaoke bar with her unlikely new companion, her pool maintenance guy Lloyd, played by Martin Starr.

According to a recent Japanese study, the benefits of karaoke are far-reaching. Whether it's Swift or Sinatra, belting out one of your favourite tunes can relieve stress, boost self-esteem and confidence and build social connections.

To celebrate the release of I'll See You in My Dreams, on digital download now and DVD on 29 February, we rundown the best places for karaoke in London.

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Blythe Danner stars in comedy I'll See You in My Dreams

BUNGA BUNGA
Where: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3BA
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A favourite with none other than Prince Harry, people travel far and wide to frequent the kitsch Battersea bar and restaurant that is Bunga Bunga. Dedicated to disgraced Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, they host a karaoke session in the main room from 10pm every Wednesday and you can also book private karaoke parties. Continuing with the Italian theme there's a selection of Italian wines and beers on tap alongside Prosecco, Martini and Campari-based cocktails and don't get us started on the pizza menu.

THE OLD QUEENS HEAD
Where: 44 Essex Rd, Islington, London, N1 8LN
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Housed on the top floor of hipster watering hole The Old Queens Head, this karaoke room boasts a private setting where 15 of you can enjoy a night of belting out your favourite tunes. You'll even have your own personal host at your beck and call for the evening, all you have to do is press the booze button and the waitress will be there to take your order. The room comes complete with a dressing up box so you can really go to town with your Elton John impersonation.

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KARAOKE BOX
Where: Soho (18 Frith Street), Smithfield (12 Smithfiled Street), Mayfair (14 Maddox Street)
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With three sites available in Smithfield, Soho and Mayfair there is something for everyone at Karaoke Box. Their Smithfield venue is well worth a visit with 15 rooms to choose from, fitting from four to 25 people. There's also a VIP room where you and 14 friends can enjoy a night of luxury complete with wireless mics, touch screens and a white baby grand piano. The cocktails aren't bad either!

LUCKY VOICE
Where: Soho (52 Poland Street), Islington (173-174 Upper Street)
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A classic choice for any karaoke fan, Lucky Voice has two London venues, one in Soho and one in Islington. Complete with private pods, a booze button and dressing up boxes it's the go-to choice for groups. Not able to make it to one of their London venues? The Lucky Voice 'Sing at Home' option allows you to sing karaoke from the luxury of your own home with just the click of a button for just £4.99 a month. It's super easy to use and can be downloaded to your laptop, tablet or phone.

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THE PHOENIX
Where: 37 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PP
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This popular London pub is home to one of the funniest karaoke nights London has to offer. Shy about getting up on stage and singing to a big crowd? Then this night is for you as their 'Friday I'm in Love' events are all about 'massaoke' (mass-karaoke), where the whole crowd sings along as one, backed by a live band. Other nights on offer include 'Rockaoke', a rock and power ballad driven singalong night and 'Feeling Gloomy', a night of indie and miserablist pop, which is much more fun than it sounds.

I'll See You in My Dreams in available on digital download now and on DVD on 29 February.

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