A slice of Japan in London
October 1, 2006 3:49 AM   Subscribe

What Japanese style amenities can be found in London? Most especially I am on the hunt for group Karaoke booths (preferably with an 'all you can drink' policy) and supermarkets stocking exclusively Japanese produce.... What's out there?
posted by 0bvious to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For all things Japanese (food, books, you name it) try the Japan Centre.
posted by hazelshade at 8:05 AM on October 1, 2006

New karaoke bar from one of the founders of lastminute.com
posted by arcticseal at 11:18 AM on October 1, 2006

The supermarket at Oriental City,Colindale stocks mainly Japanese produce.
posted by Dr.Pill at 11:30 AM on October 1, 2006

shop by finchley road tube, small, stocks mainly japanese foodstuffs
posted by londongeezer at 12:38 PM on October 1, 2006

Second vote for Lucky Voice - doesn't have an 'all you can drink' policy - but does have service to your private room. They can cater for some quite large groups as well.
posted by mattr at 2:42 PM on October 1, 2006

Response by poster: i'm lookng for as close to the japanese way as possible, but i suppose once it comes over here they have to repackage it as a 'cool', and thus expensive, experience.


but thanks, i await my re-introdution to karaoke, London-style!
posted by 0bvious at 4:16 PM on October 1, 2006

There is also a large shopping center up by Burnt-Oak / Colindale, and I see it's already been mentioned..damnit :)

posted by lundman at 5:46 PM on October 1, 2006

Arigato on Brewer St will save you the trip to Oriental City. There is another good Japanese supermarket at Centrepoint, though the name escapes me. For cheapish Japanese groceries, you'll need to journey to Hoo Hing. The nearest one to the centre of town is in Hackney. You'll need a map.
There are lots of more authentic karaoke booths than Lucky Voice. I would recommend Karaoke Box Dai Chan, on Frith St.
posted by roofus at 6:32 AM on October 2, 2006

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