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  • 16-18 Whitechapel Road
    London E1 1EW
  • Transit information Circle District East London Hammersmith & City Metropolitan Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7375 3774
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  • Business website rhythmfactory.com
  • “Rhythm factory is in the heart of the gritty East End, and I must say it's a pretty cool venue.” in 2 reviews

  • “It has some fantastic music nights - I've seen some superb bands here and you can really let yourself go without worrying what anyone thinks of you.” in 3 reviews

  • “Generally quite chilled throughout the week with more hardcore beats and Drum 'n' Bass on Friday and Saturday nights.” in 2 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating

    Great intimate venue for live gigs. Very friendly staff, laid back and down to earth.
    Bands that play are not too well known but enthusiastic and there are some pretty good ones.
    There is a front bar/cafe area and then a stage area out the back.

    It is dark and a bit grungy, but I think that adds to the charm of the place!

    Wednesday nights are free entry, so a good way to spend time, to get through the January blues!

  • 1.0 star rating
    1 check-in here

    Another seedy dive full of desperate party-goer unwilling to let the night end and go home.  

    Dark, shadowy interior, you walk through the first room passed the coat-check and toilets to get to the dance floor at the back.  

    Unlike Cargo, it's very clandestine feel whilst seedy is also cool.  So, I guess it has one redeeming aspect.

  • 4.0 star rating

    The rhythm factory isn't for everyone. It can attract the strangest, coolest and friendly people in London alongside some of the most idiotic and pretentious. The music is great in my opinion even though it's not my usual sounds but they offer up great drum ânâ bass, raggaeton and even a bit of Latin but my favourite is the breakbeat evening on the monthly AIR night.
    The best room for me is the front chill out area with relaxing vibes and beats. The place itself has a really gritty atmosphere to it which gives it a kind of authentic, exciting feel. My experiences of the rhythm factory have always been fun ones and when there's a good, friendly crowd it makes for a great night out.

  • 4.0 star rating

    The Rhythm Factory is a bit like marmite - you either love it or hate it. I love it and I think it's a very cool venue - a bit more edgy and rough (in a good way) than the West End type places. It has some fantastic music nights - I've seen some superb bands here and you can really let yourself go without worrying what anyone thinks of you. There are all manner of quirky characters who come here, mainly everyone is pretty cool and out for a good night.

    I prefer the chill out nights as opposed to the hectic Drum 'n' Bass nights at the weekend. The crowd tends to be more relaxed and it isn't quite as busy so that you can't move. If you do go at the weekend, get there in good time else you may spend some time in the queue outside!

  • 1.0 star rating

    Its a Saturday night and what club with respect is free? It could be could or it could be bad - if anything, a little bit better than one would expect. This place has a fun and interactive crowd. "Interactive" here means I had a girl grab my bum. As a music purist, the biggest let down was the sound quality wasn't up to it. Anywhere serious about the music spends a fortune on a decent sound.

    1 star because I had to tell this annoying German bloke to stop hitting on my date more than once. We tried to get another girl to pour lemon in his eyes but unfortunately the girl with the lemon wasn't tall enough to reach.

    Best to turn up hammered with a big group of mates.

  • 2.0 star rating

    This place sucks.  

    Staff was rude, music was not so great, and it was kind of just an awkward vibe.  I don't even know why this place asks for a cover charge.

    I don't recommend going here.

  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    I love the rhythm factory for all the wrong reasons.  It's sleazy and dirty, it's very pretentious and its often full of wankers but somehow, in spite of these flaws, I always have a wicked night.  

    This is helped to very large degree by the excellent music that's usually available.  Generally quite chilled throughout the week with more hardcore beats and Drum 'n' Bass on Friday and Saturday nights.  Rhythm Factory, in spite of its relatively small size still manages to pack in some really good DJ talent and you just can't help shaking your moneymaker.

    The venue itself is made up of three rooms; the front room, open during the day is a great place to sit with a book/paper and cup of coffee, during the evening the two rooms at the back are opened to the public.  It's a dark, dingy affair but I wouldn't have it any other way.  The bar staff are usually pretty nice and the drinks are relatively inexpensive.

    Be warned it can get extremely crowded, especially on a Friday night but don't let this phase you and I promise a brilliant evening.

    • Qype User Kezbuz…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 34 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    The Rhythm Factory is an exception to the London Club scene,it's relaxed and buzzing with an energetic atmosphere, everyone is always welcome and wanted! The Rhythm Factory entrance is a lively front bar/coffee shop and restaurant with comfortable sofas and walls adorned with funky art and photographic works.

    The back two rooms are home to the music which is live and kicking. The drum and base nights are excellent as is the monthly night held there called breaking bread for all true hip hop goings on. Each night is different music but always the best London has to offer from unsigned artists and acts.

    Never a bad night always a memorable one makes the Rythum Factory my favorite!!!

    • Qype User nickmo…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 38 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    The trendy Rhythm Factory known for it's showcasing of rock and techno talent is a lucky place to still be going after all these years.
    Off Whitechapel Road in East London this venue has seen everyone from Pete Doherty try to set it on fire, to techno promoters bringing in the cream of the German techno crop to play here...
    It's a nice club with good sound but bad service and a horrendous layout. The two rooms in the back start smelling like Student Unions by 2am and the drinks are a little bit overpriced.
    However, I'm greatful for the Rhythm Factory as I know it's the one place I'll always hear good tunes and know where to go at 3am when nothing else is on...
    Fun place when the indie kids are safely tucked away at home in bed...
    Keep an eye out for the Süd parties there. Very rare.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Rhythm factory is in the heart of the gritty East End, and I must say it's a pretty cool venue. West End princesses would probably not enjoy, but for those who don't mind things a bit rough around the edges, go forth and boogie the night away.  Keep an eye out for their infamous Club Nights, and be prepared for a line-up outside if you venture over on the weekends.

  • 2.0 star rating

    The Rhythm Factory is a venue-cum-Thai café on Whitechapel Road. It has a rather dowdy look, clearly intended to seem a mix of modern and 'funky'. I've not been for the food, have only sampled the drink, and an apparently notorious Monday night cabaret called a 'A Spoonful of Poison'. The show was really quite low grade and it took a great deal of effort to last through the intermission. I pounded back three pints in rapid succession in the hopes that alcohol would at least make the material seem silly and thus amusing. Alas. I understand they have other nights regularly and I won't necessarily refuse to return, but Monday nights are a write-off.

  • 2.0 star rating

    I had heard a lot of typical London hype about the Rhythm Factory before I finally attended. It seems that this is the spot where dozens of big bands have been discovered. Well I won't be discovering much here after my one and, hopefully, only visit. For what you pay, you don't get much in the way of a venue. Just a big room with a bar leading onto another, queues for the door, drinks in plastic cups and a coat-rail for a cloakroom. Not that I'm usually fussy about these things but it annoys me when the supposedly legendary music doesn't justify the price tag either. Admittedly I chose a pretty experimental night to visit - their inaugural acoustic drum and bass evening. But the music was diabolical and the amplification was even worse. We left fairly early.

    • Qype User TakiTa…
    • London
    • 14 friends
    • 37 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    The Rhythm Factory is a fairly downmarket venue in East London. It's primarily a pub but turns into a venue at night due to the back room with a stage and large soundsystem. I've only ever seen small Hoxton pretension-indie-rock bands play here, but flyers have assured me that a wide variety of events go on there, from dancehall to metal. It's not an overly beautiful place to be but it's fair for a night out if the bands are good.

    • Qype User little…
    • Glasgow
    • 1 friend
    • 116 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    A small club space in Whitechapel, East London that holds club nights of various music styles from old skool to punk. Also a venue for live music sharing their space with local acts to big name bands and artists. Not of the nicest interior but all this adds to the grungy alternative vibe. Nice bar area upstairs for lounging in however which serves Thai food which I've yet to taste so can't comment on! All in all a friendly place for a night out as long as the meatheads that follow certain acts aren't in attendance, just ignore them!

    • Qype User gemma2…
    • London
    • 17 friends
    • 69 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    nice club on whitechapel road, 2 main bars, with one big room with a stage and a smaller back room, very cheap drink, like £2.90 a beer, usually open from 10 till 6am. various parties such as old skool and drum and bass, dubstep.

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