The Pleasure Unit

 
 
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359 Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 6LG 
 
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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.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Bethnal Green Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Whitechapel Tube 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
 
 
 
 

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Arch 10, Gales Gardens, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 5 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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332 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E2 | 2 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 10 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 16 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1 | 13 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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380 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V | 14 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Bethnal Green Working Men's Club 1 minute walk from The Pleasure Unit

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Oxford House 1 minute walk from The Pleasure Unit

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Oxford House 1 minute walk from The Pleasure Unit

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Oxford House 1 minute walk from The Pleasure Unit

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Oxford House 1 minute walk from The Pleasure Unit

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Exhibitions | Until 14th December 2014 

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

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Daydreams And Diaries: The Story Of Jacqueline Wilson
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Exhibitions | Until 2nd November 2014 

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

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Exhibitions | Until 2nd August 2014 

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Concerts | On 29th July 2014 

The Sebright Arms 7 minutes walk from The Pleasure Unit

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