Remember back in the day when music video channels reigned supreme and we’d text into radio stations to request our favourite tune? Gone are the glory days when half the fun was hearing whether your special song made the cut… until now. Hidden in The Piano Works West End, SingEasy is the bustling venue aiming to make all your musical dreams come true.
Located just seconds from Leicester Square, SingEasy occupies a curious spot on Whitcomb Street. Rounding up a few of my old uni flatmates on a sunny Saturday evening, we got in line behind a hen party and made our way through the red staircase. Red bulbs… red carpet… red light district? What were we in for?
While it may be nestled deep within The Piano Works, SingEasy has a different vibe to its parent site. Bustling dancefloors and a live band are switched up in favour of a lone pianist and singing waiters. There’s even a dedicated bar in this clandestine room, and no quicker than we’d been shown to our seats, did the fizz start flowing.
Opting for bottomless prosecco (£20 for 2 hours) and eyeing up the dinner menu (£26.50 for 2 courses), our attention was torn between the choosing our mains and scribbling our song requests down. We went for Man I Feel Like A Woman, while Alicia Keys’ iconic Falling followed close behind. On the food front, I eased into things with a mountain of buttermilk fried chicken so meaty and crisp; the perfect hunk of protein slathered in a BBQ sauce so tangy that I held onto it for the next course.
While we weren’t strictly watching a West End show, it almost felt like it. As One More Day from Les Miserables played, it was French flags all around. One waitress with the voice of Mariah Carey belted out hit after hit, with us tone-deaf souls trying our best to sing along. Another waiter led Hakuna Matata, with the pianist doing his thing on the keys.
With a mountain of song request papers slowly forming by the piano, our priorities started to shift away from food and onto earning that top spot on the pianist’s list. Sure, I should have been focussed on finishing my juicy slab of pulled pork but there was music to be made. It's not like Toto's Africa was going to request itself.
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Not my usual night out, SingEasy was the guilty pleasure that we didn't know we needed. Maybe it was our competitive sides, maybe it was realising we actually knew the words to Let It Go... either way, we were on a roll. Whether you’re on a hen do or just catching up with friends, don’t say no to the full SingEasy experience. Because there really is nothing better than sloshing on free-flowing bubbles as you attempt to sing along to Les Mis while a room full of people wave flags in the air.