The Pleasure Unit  

 
 
ADDRESS
359 Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 6LG
 
 
TELEPHONE
 

Nearby

 
  • Visitor Information

The Pleasure UnitThe gentrification of Shoreditch has been seeping further east, meaning Bethnal Green has seen an upturn in its fortunes of late. In the same way the Hoxton squalor spawned a brand new slew of bars and clubs, the arrival of some residents with a bit of cash (and their mates in search of something a bit different), means that Bethnal Green's after hours fun is making a mark. The Working Men's Club might be the name on everybody's lips, but if you don't have the patience for their queues remember the Pleasure Unit...

This former gay pub hasn't really had much of a re-fit ever - but the hotch potch of furniture and faded paint work has a certain well-worn charm about it. The whole place shouts retro at you, and on the night we attended the entertainment came from the Actionettes - a group of amateur dancers who spent the evening swinging themselves through synchronised routines to the finest 60's girl pop, with period outfits (and their male counterparts the Action Men) to match. Not to mention the limbo competition. The Pleasure Unit has loads of upcoming live bands on week day nights and some decent club nights at weekends.

What marks this place out from elsewhere in London is the agglomeration of people who are, errm, a bit different, and a friendly vibe of acceptance to go with it. We danced the night away with a bewildered gang of androgynous revellers, an emaciated blonde wigged maniac, some gawky looking teenagers and the lovely Actionettes. Another point in its favour are the retro bar prices, which will give those who go out in central London a pleasant shock (although I was suspicious that the slightly dazed barman was making it up as he went along).

Expect the weird and off-kilter - the Pleasure Unit has bags of character. But be warned - the lack of air conditioning can turn it into a sauna on a warm night.

 

LondonTown.com - The Pleasure Unit Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Bethnal Green Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Whitechapel Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Whitechapel Overground Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
Hoxton Overground Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Sclater Street Car Park
 
9 minutes walk
 
Spitalfields Car Park
 
15 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

Further articles featuring The Pleasure Unit on LondonTown.com

 
London's Best Events 2018

With an exciting calendar of entertainment, 2018 is another special year in London. Find out what's happening throughout the capital with our thorough guide to the best 2018 London events.

 
THE BEST

Hotels near The Pleasure Unit

Near The Pleasure Unit
FIND YOUR PERFECT LONDON HOTEL
SALE
Check in
--
Check out
--

Booking multiple rooms?

Visit our group bookings page or call 020 7437 4370 for assistance

Room 1

2 Adults
ADULTS (12+)
-
2
+
CHILDREN (2 - 12 Years)
-
0
+
INFANTS (0 - 2 Years)
-
0
+
Okay
Maximum 4 to a room.
+ Add another room
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment   from £100  23% off
Patriot Square, E2 | 8 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
The Town Hall building in Bethnal Green has been beautifully restored creating a unique designer hotel which fuses old and new. With a mix of bedrooms, ... More
 
 
 
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £91  22% off
100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 | 12 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Hip US hotel group Ace hotels arrived in Shoreditch in September 2013, expanding from their US sites to add a London outpost. The property has transformed ... More
 
 
 
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £127  30% off
335-337 Old Street, EC1V | 14 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Prison cells are VIP booths in the bar at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, a 128 room hotel in the Old Magistrates Court and Police Station, opposite ... More
 
 
 
 
THE BEST

Alternative Bars nearest The Pleasure Unit

Nearest to The Pleasure Unit
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Alcotraz: Prison Cocktail Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
212 Brick Lane, E1 | 8 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
We can think of worse places to serve time. Alcotraz is a cocktail bar inspired by America's most infamous prison , popping up behind ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
BrewDog Shoreditch
London > Nightlife > Bars
Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 | 10 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
The BrewDog bar in Bethnal Green Road caters for the Shoreditch hipsters with BrewDog craft beers and interiors decorated with antique tiles, reclaimed metal and a ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Vibe Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 11 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Vibe Bar manages to be both chilled out and cutting edge. Located inside the Truman Brewery on trendy Brick Lane, you can come here to drink ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Nightlife near The Pleasure Unit

The Pleasure Unit clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Old George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
379 Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 3 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Sitting at the heart of Bethnal Green Road, The Old George is a beautifully restored London boozer, originally built in the 1700s. With a large emphasis ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Sebright Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
31-35 Coate Street, Hackney, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Located in Bethnal Green, The Sebright Arms in a good honest pub with a history in hosting entertainment (particularly live music and comedy) brought to you ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Fanny Nelsons
London > Nightlife > Pubs
32 Horatio Street, E2 | 8 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
At risk of being converted into a block of flats when it closed, east London boozer Nelsons Head was saved by its beloved locals in 2016, ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Events near The Pleasure Unit

Near The Pleasure Unit
Hak Baker
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Thursday 8th March 2018 - 7pm
The Pleasure Unit, 44-46 Pollard Row, E2 | 1 minute from The Pleasure Unit
The singer-songwriter and musician, formerly of grime collective B.O.M.B Squad, performs his self-penned alt-indie tracks....More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Entertainment near The Pleasure Unit

Near The Pleasure Unit
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
10 Gales
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Arch 10, Gales Gardens, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 5 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
One of Bethnal Green's best kept secrets, 10 Gales is a contemporary art space, live show venue, vintage fashion boutique, coffee shop and hairdressers all under ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Backyard Bar & Kitchen
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
231 Cambridge Heath Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 6 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
The famous Backyard Comedy Club, one of East London's hottest comedy spots, was originally opened in 2000 by comedian Lee Hurst. In 2004 the comedian ran ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Oval Space
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
29-32 The Oval, Hackney, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Oval Space is a multi-use arts and events space with 6,000 square feet of space in Bethnal Green in East London with stunning views over the ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Sights and Attractions near The Pleasure Unit

The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Pleasure Unit
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
V & A Museum of Childhood
London > Attractions > Museums
Cambridge Heath Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
The Museum of Childhood houses the UK's largest collection of toys including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets, games, and toys. Collections showcase all aspects of childhood, from ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
StART Space
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
150 Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Art gallery on Columbia Road. You can also pick up a cup of coffee here from 9am till 3pm each Sunday so you can enjoy a ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Spitalfields City Farm
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Buxton Street, Shoreditch, London E1 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
There's loads to do at the 1.3 acre Spitalfields City Farm. Come and meet Bayleaf the donkey and Bentley the goat - just a few of ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Shopping near The Pleasure Unit

The best shops and markets near The Pleasure Unit
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Beyond Retro
London > Shopping > Clothing
112 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 5 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Vast warehouse near Brick Lane packed with vintage clothing and accessories. American vintage clothing outlets don’t get much bigger or better than this. Having bagged a huge, ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
King & Queen of Bethnal Green
London > Shopping > Clothing
41 Temple Street, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 5 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
When one reader, Barbara Buchanan, came across this gorgeous vintage and fashion boutique she wanted to pass on the shopping tip. "I have used your recommendations ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Columbia Road Flower Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Lined with chic boutiques, every Sunday this historic street fills with a bright patchwork of hundreds of flower stalls. Columbia Road is the capital's most colourful ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Restaurants near The Pleasure Unit

What are the best dining options near The Pleasure Unit London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Nando's
London > Restaurants > South American restaurants
366 Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 1 minute from The Pleasure Unit
... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
E Pellicci
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
332 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E2 | 2 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Pellicci's is a classic example of fifties post-war cafe and a slice of East End history. The art-deco interior with wood-panelled walls which date back to ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Meshwi Grill
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
329 Bethnel Green Road, Bethnel Green, Shoreditch, London E2 | 2 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Mediterranean Cuisine... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Education near The Pleasure Unit

Near The Pleasure Unit
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Making Space
London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 10 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Learn some crafty manouveurs at Making Space where classes on mask making, glass engraving, pyrography (burning patterns into wood or leather), chainmail knitting, and book hollowing ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Four Corners
London > Education > Adult Education
121 Roman Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 11 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
For 30 years Four Corners has been training, producing and supporting the full range of film and photographic requirements. Services on offer include filmmaking facilities and ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Workers' Educational Association
London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 16 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
National charity for adult learning which also runs an excellent selection of theatre, literature, history and politics evening classes.... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Leisure near The Pleasure Unit

The Pleasure Unit gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
York Hall Leisure Centre
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
5-15 Old Ford Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 8 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
York Hall Leisure Centre in Bethnal Green includes a gym, day spa, 33-metre swimming pool, Turkish bath and offers a wide range of exercise classes but ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
spa LONDON
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
York Hall Leisure Centre, Old Ford Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 8 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Bethnal Green's former Turkish baths have been refurbished and turned into a spa complete with aroma steam rooms and a plunge pool. Spa LONDON is run ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
L!FE Shoreditch
London > Leisure >
The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 | 10 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Spread over three floors L!FE is a unique space within The Old Truman Brewery where yoga, food and music sit side-by-side. ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Pubs near The Pleasure Unit

The best pubs near London The Pleasure Unit.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Old George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
379 Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 3 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Sitting at the heart of Bethnal Green Road, The Old George is a beautifully restored London boozer, originally built in the 1700s. With a large emphasis ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Royal Oak
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
73 Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
You might just recognise this pub off the telly - it has featured in the Kray's film, sitcom Good Night Sweetheart and even Blue Peter. The ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Sebright Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
31-35 Coate Street, Hackney, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Located in Bethnal Green, The Sebright Arms in a good honest pub with a history in hosting entertainment (particularly live music and comedy) brought to you ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Meeting venue hire near The Pleasure Unit

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The Pleasure Unit.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Bistrotheque
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-27 Wadeson Street, Hackney, London E2 | 12 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1 | 13 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Built in 1729, Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church creation was declared dangerous and closed in 1956. Vigorous campaigning, from the poet Sir John Betjeman among others, eventually ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Shoreditch Town Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
380 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V | 14 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Site of the legendary Whirly Gig parties in the nineties, Shoreditch Town Hall lends itself well to any type of gathering. Re-opened in 2005, following a ... More
 
 
 
 

Also in Bethnal Green Road

Our recommendations in the same street as The Pleasure Unit

 
No.
Title
Category
 
 
 

Hotels Near

The Pleasure Unit

 
 
Near The Pleasure Unit All London hotels
Check-in:
Check-out:
Number of rooms:
Room 1:

What's On Today

Near The Pleasure Unit

 
 
 
Searching For Ghosts
Exhibitions | Until 21st January 2018 

V & A Museum of Childhood 7 minutes walk from The Pleasure Unit

Working with the museum and photographer Tom Hunter participants undertook an exploration of some of the housing in East London; ...More

Madeleine Waller: Sister Brother
Madeleine Waller: Sister Brother
Exhibitions | Until 20th May 2018 

V & A Museum of Childhood 7 minutes walk from The Pleasure Unit

Photographic portraits exploring sibling relationships and how they affect our sense of identity. The result is "a wide-ranging - and ...More

 
Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories
Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories
Exhibitions | Until 25th February 2018 

V & A Museum of Childhood 7 minutes walk from The Pleasure Unit

The original puppet from War Horse will be on display at a free Museum of Childhood exhibition documenting the life ...More

 
New Variety Lives Presents Natys: New Act Of The Year 2018 - Comedy Selection
Comedy | Until 6th February 2018 

Rich Mix Centre 10 minutes walk from The Pleasure Unit

Twelve acts showcase their comedic talent to be crowned New Act Of The Year....More

Re:Solutions Festival
Re:Solutions Festival
Exhibitions | Until 31st January 2018 

JuJu's Bar and Stage 12 minutes walk from The Pleasure Unit

The month-long Re:Solutions Festival invites wellness warriors to celebrate their love of health and wellbeing. Taking place at Juju's Bar ...More

 
SKNT
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 30th October 2018 

Cargo 14 minutes walk from The Pleasure Unit

Resident DJs spin a variety of party jams including forgotten favourites and modern bangers....More

ISelf Collection: The Upset Bucket
Exhibitions | Until 1st April 2018 

Whitechapel Gallery 16 minutes walk from The Pleasure Unit

Works exploring how we project our identity through our appearances and consumer choices by 28 artists including Ai Weiwei, Lynda ...More

Leonor Antunes: The Frisson Of The Togetherness
Exhibitions | Until 9th April 2018 

Whitechapel Gallery 16 minutes walk from The Pleasure Unit

Hanging and floor-based sculptures made from materials including metal, leather and rope, illuminated by lights designed by the artist....More

Thomas Ruff
Exhibitions | Until 21st January 2018 

Whitechapel Gallery 16 minutes walk from The Pleasure Unit

Photographic prints by the German artist, exploring themes of cosmology, suburbia, nudity, utopianism and catastrophe, continuing an almost four decade-long ...More

The Queen of Hoxton Winter Rooftop: The Moroccan Medina
The Queen of Hoxton Winter Rooftop: The Moroccan Medina
Foodie Events | Until 30th March 2018 

The Queen Of Hoxton 17 minutes walk from The Pleasure Unit

The Queen of Hoxton presents another seasonal rooftop pop-up this autumn, this time taking inspiration from Morocco for its theme. ...More

 

New on LondonTown

 
 
Jessie Ware
Jessie Ware
Concerts | From 28th March 

Hammersmith Apollo

The singer-songwriter from Brixton performs R&B, tropical and electro pop numbers at Hammersmith Apollo on ...More

 
At Last: The Etta James Story
Theatre | From 22nd October 

Cadogan Hall

Telling the story of soul legend Etta James, Vika Bull stars in this narrative concert about the blues singer and her turbulent life. Since its world premiere in ...More

Mark Bruce Company: Macbeth
Mark Bruce Company: Macbeth
Dance | From 23rd February 

Wilton's Music Hall

The multi-award winning Mark Bruce Company presents a ...More

 
Wildflower
Wildflower
Dining 

Set within south London creative hub Peckham Levels, Wildflower is an informal vegetarian and vegan ...More

 
The Spread Eagle
The Spread Eagle
Dining 

One of London's oldest pubs, The Spread Eagle in Homerton focuses on premium liquor, fine ...More

 
A Big Day Out With Peter Rabbit
A Big Day Out With Peter Rabbit
Kids Events | From 30th March 

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens)

Peter Rabbit comes to Kew Gardens this spring ...More

 
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience
Entertainment 

Bringing the fantasies of many '90s children and ...More

 
The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s
Exhibitions | From 23rd March 

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum celebrates the nation's love affair with the seaside with its new exhibition, The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the present. Running ...More

Roman Dead
Roman Dead
Exhibitions | From 25th May 

Museum of London Docklands

New exhibition Roman Dead at the Museum of London Docklands will showcase a rare Roman ...More

 
Real Ale, Maida Vale
Real Ale, Maida Vale
Shopping 

Real Ale is a craft beer and natural wine specialist on Formosa Street, Little Venice....More

 
One Duck Down
One Duck Down
Theatre | From 3rd February 

The Vaults, Arch 233

FacePlant Theatre present a physical theatre and clowning production based on the true tale that ...More

 
Doktor James's Bad Skemes
Doktor James's Bad Skemes
Comedy | From 17th February 

The Vaults, Arch 233

Anarchic humour from the winner of the IYAF Brighton Fringe Stand-Up Comedy Award, James Bennison ...More

 
Me and My Bee: ThisEgg
Me and My Bee: ThisEgg
Theatre | From 3rd March 

The Vaults, Arch 233

Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites children and adults alike to save the world one ...More

 
London Visions
London Visions
Exhibitions | From 19th January 

Museum of London

See London through a crystal ball. The Museum of London presents London Visions, fantastical future ...More

 
London Events 2018
London Events 2018
Feature 

The Old Vic celebrates its bicentenary in 2018, the Royal Academy of Arts is ...More

 
Kettner's Townhouse
Kettner's Townhouse
Hotels 

Lovingly restored by Soho House, Kettner's reopened after a two year refurbishment in January 2018....More

 
Jidori
Jidori
Dining 

The team behind Jidori, the much-loved yakitori restaurant in Dalston comes to Covent Garden and ...More

 
L'Ami Malo
L'Ami Malo
Dining 

Near Spitalfields Market, on Artillery Passage, L'Ami Malo combines a chic creperie with a French ...More

 
White City House
White City House
Hotels 

Swanky private member's club Soho House turns the old BBC headquarters in White City into ...More

 
The Rooftop St. James
The Rooftop St. James
Drinking 

Part of The Trafalgar St.James' major 2017 upgrade, The Rooftop St.James has reopened as a ...More

 
The LEGO Store
Shopping 

The world's biggest LEGO Store can be found in Leicester Square, spanning two floors and offering 914 square metres of LEGO fun. ...More

August in London 2018
Article 

Summer favourites like the Notting Hill Carnival and Kids Week return and two Open Air Theatre productions are staged in London during August 2018. ...More

July in London 2018
Article 

A Monster Calls at the Old Vic in July 2018 when Lovebox and Citadel move to Brockwell Park and Wimbledon serves up an ace. Sam Mendes directs The Lehman Trilogy at the National where Rhys ...More

 
 
 
SALE
Hotels near The Pleasure Unit

From cheap budget hotels to luxury 5 star suites see our deals for The Pleasure Unit hotels, including Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch from 79% off.

 
 
Call now: hotel deals 0207 420 4960