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

Whitechapel Station
10 minutes walk
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

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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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel from 49 28% off
419 to 437 Hackney Road, E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment from 111 33% 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 79 29% off
100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 | 12 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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The Star Of Bethnal Green
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359 Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | Same location as The Pleasure Unit
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291 Gallery, 291 Hackney Road, Hackney, London E2 | 8 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
44-46 Pollard Row, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 1 minute from The Pleasure Unit
This social club hasn't changed much in appearance since the 1970s heatherette and laminate coverings, Formica, garish red carpets and teak paneling still abound, but the ... More
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The Old George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
379 Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 3 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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441 Bethnal Green Road, E2 | 3 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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42-46 POLLARD ROW, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 1 minute from The Pleasure Unit
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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
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Backyard Bar & Kitchen
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
231 Cambridge Heath Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 6 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Oxford House
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Derbyshire Street, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 1 minute from The Pleasure Unit
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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
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Seamus Ryan Sunday Shoots
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
7 Ezra Street, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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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
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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
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Treacle
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
110-112 Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Just like its name, this unique establishment sandwiched in the middle of Columbia Road flower market is sweet, sticky and finger-licking good. Full of traditional, essentially ... More
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Nando's
London > Restaurants > South American restaurants
366 Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 1 minute from The Pleasure Unit
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E Pellicci
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
332 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E2 | 2 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Meshwi Grill
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329 Bethnel Green Road, Bethnel Green, Shoreditch, London E2 | 2 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Oaklands School House
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Old Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 3 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Muscle Works
London > Leisure > Fitness
2 Hague Street, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 1 minute from The Pleasure Unit
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Bodylines
London > Leisure > Fitness
461 Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 1 minute from The Pleasure Unit
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Weavers Fields
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Viaduct Street, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 2 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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The Old George
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379 Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 3 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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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
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The Dove
London > Nightlife > Pubs
24 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 | 13 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Oxford House, Derebyshire Street, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 1 minute from The Pleasure Unit
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291 Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, Hackney, London E2 | 8 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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