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

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Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment   from £101  21% 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 £112  23% 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 £155  39% 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
 
 
 
 
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The Star Of Bethnal Green
London > Nightlife > Bars
359 Bethnal Green Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | Same location as The Pleasure Unit
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Coupette
London > Nightlife > Bars
423 Bethnal Green Road, E2 | 3 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Fugitive Motel
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199 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green Gardens, E2 | 6 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
Fugitive Motel co-founders, best friends David Burgess and Liam Tolan, share an obsession for craft beer ... 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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The Sun Tavern
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441 Bethnal Green Road, E2 | 3 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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The Sebright Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
31-35 Coate Street, Hackney, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Journey To The Underworld
London > Events > Foodie Events  Dates: 26th September to 10th December 2019
The Pleasure Unit, Pedley Street, E1 | 6 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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James Welling: Planograph
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 23rd November 2019 to 4th January 2020 - 11am-6pm
The Pleasure Unit, 21 Herald Street, E2 | 6 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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London > Events > Comedy  Dates: Sunday 15th December 2019 - 7.30pm-10pm
The Pleasure Unit, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 | 6 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Arch 10, Gales Gardens, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 5 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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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
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
 
 
 
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Oval Space
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
29-32 The Oval, Hackney, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Cambridge Heath Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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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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London > Shopping > Clothing
41 Temple Street, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 5 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Columbia Road Flower Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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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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329 Bethnel Green Road, Bethnel Green, Shoreditch, London E2 | 2 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 10 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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London > Education > Adult Education
121 Roman Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 11 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Workers' Educational Association
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4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 16 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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York Hall Leisure Centre
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
5-15 Old Ford Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 8 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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spa LONDON
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
York Hall Leisure Centre, Old Ford Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 8 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 | 10 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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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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The Royal Oak
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
73 Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 7 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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Bistrotheque
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-27 Wadeson Street, Hackney, London E2 | 12 minutes from The Pleasure Unit
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 

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