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Contemporary luxury with Georgian heritage in buzzing Bloomsbury

Tucked away in the literary and intellectual heart of the capital is the Grade-II listed Academy Hotel. From the outside, this London townhouse seems straight from a Georgian period drama. Yet step inside the door, and you’ll discover contemporary interiors by New York-based Champalimaud design. The subtle mix of timeless glamour and modern luxury means everything about this boutique hotel will have you feeling comfortably at home.

The rejuvenated rooms and suites are ideal places to relax, away from the whirl of city life. Order seasonal dishes from the in-room dining menu to enjoy as you plan your next adventure. Downstairs, The Alchemy Bar, with its sleek, grey walls and jewel-toned furnishings, keeps the atmosphere bright and buzzing. The library is a peaceful nook complete with leather armchairs. While out in the private courtyard garden, afternoon tea is being served.

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If shopping and cultural pursuits are the order of the day, you couldn’t wish for a more central location. Take your pick from the attractions of the West End and world-famous museums to academic institutions, libraries and Regent’s Park. With The Academy right on the doorstep of London’s first garden square, you’re only ever a short stroll away.


Enjoy your stay!


50 Rooms |  4 Floors |  1 Restaurant | 

4.2 /5

350 reviews

City

City Centre

Historic

Historic Hotel

Our rooms

Townhouse Single


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Townhouse Double


Sleeps 2
Queen
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Bloomsbury Twin


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King
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Bloomsbury Suite


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Ratings

Quality Assured

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Global Rating

4.2 /5

4.2

350 reviews

INVITED Rating

4.7 /5
4 /5
Tripadvisor score 4.0

4

240 reviews

INVITED Reviews

100 %

of reviewers would recommend this hotel


5

Feels like home and wonderful option if you're traveling solo

The room itself was wonderful, often feeling like your own bedroom within a luxury townhome. The Academy has a wodnerful bar/outside area enabling you to finish some work or close the laptop in enjoy the sun.

By Anthony Jan ’24 Trip Type Family


5

Friendly staff and good location

This was our second stay at The Academy and it would be my first choice for any future London stay. Good location in Bloomsbury near University College London, the British Museum and public transport. The Bloomsbury suites are roomy and nicely decorated with complementary soft drinks in the fridge and Read more[SPLIT]Read lessa bottle of wine. Nice lounges, library and bar.

By Conrad Jan ’24 Trip Type Business


5

we love the atmosfere

kindly person in the hotel

By paolo Oct ’23 Trip Type Couple


The Academy, United Kingdom

4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

100 %

of reviewers would recommend this hotel


5

Feels like home and wonderful option if you're traveling solo

The room itself was wonderful, often feeling like your own bedroom within a luxury townhome. The Academy has a wodnerful bar/outside area enabling you to finish some work or close the laptop in enjoy the sun.

By Anthony Jan ’24 Trip Type Family


5

Friendly staff and good location

This was our second stay at The Academy and it would be my first choice for any future London stay. Good location in Bloomsbury near University College London, the British Museum and public transport. The Bloomsbury suites are roomy and nicely decorated with complementary soft drinks in the fridge and Read more[SPLIT]Read lessa bottle of wine. Nice lounges, library and bar.

By Conrad Jan ’24 Trip Type Business


5

we love the atmosfere

kindly person in the hotel

By paolo Oct ’23 Trip Type Couple


4

Rooms are thoughtfully designed with quality fittings

The front desk staff were very helpful

By Bronwyn Oct ’23 Trip Type Business


5

great location convenient to transportation the British Mueseum is next door

the breakfast is amazing with attentive service everyone is very nice and friendly

By Phillip Oct ’23 Trip Type Business


4

Never disappointed of staying at SLH!

Room atmosphere and cleanness!

By Nai-Pin Sep ’23 Trip Type Friends


5

delightful

service by all the staff. able to watch our favorite movies on the tv because you offer the ability the cast and chromecast. ground floor room meant so much

By Teresa Sep ’23 Trip Type Business


4

we loved the room and the location

none

By Liliana Jun ’23 Trip Type Friends


4

great location, nice stay

Room was spacious, breakfast was relaxed and quaint.

By Shawn Jun ’23 Trip Type Couple


5

Cosy townhouse in the heart of Bloomsbury

Well appointed rooms. Pleasant public areas. Great breakfast. Pleasant and attentive staff

By Paul May ’23 Trip Type Business


5

Friendly staff and perfect location

The Academy Hotel is just around the corner from the British Museum, close to University College London, the Sir John Soane Museum, Covent Garden and many other places of interest. The staff in reception and the breakfast room are helpful and friendly. The Bloomsbury Suites are very roomy and have large Read more[SPLIT]Read lessbathrooms, but guests should be aware that some of the other room categories have very small bathrooms. Bottled water and soft drinks are complimentary in all the rooms.

By Conrad May ’23 Trip Type Business


5

Wonderful SLH experience, as always.

Perfect location, beautiful decor, very comfortable beds (and rooms).

By Andrea Mar ’23 Trip Type Family


5

Very comfortable. Helpful staff who resolved one problem promptly.

Very convenient for the British Museum.

By Edward Dec ’22 Trip Type Couple


5

perfect venue for a 5 day stay in london

Rolly was awesome - took care of a bathroom heating issue which the other duty manager could not or would not resolve for over 24 hours

By Earle Nov ’22 Trip Type Couple


5

For me the best hotel in Bloomsbury

Amazing Hotel with great service. The room were very elegant and the food (room service) seemed freshly cooked and the as delicious. I'll come back.

By Lea Oct ’22 Trip Type Couple


5

Lovely hotel in excellent location

Staff were excellent and so helpful, breakfast was very nice and would recommend to anyone

By Ian May ’22 Trip Type Business


4

Very forthcoming staff and good location

Never stayed in the area before but it was great, close to many things yet quit area. Very nice staff all around. A bit unlucky with the first room but the moved us in in a nicer one the next day, excellent.

By Johan May ’22 Trip Type Couple


4

Cozy boutique hotel with great breakfast

The Academy made their croissants daily and every morning I can smell the freshly baked bread in my room. Nothing can compare the warm croissants with homemade butter! I would come back just for the breakfast. Also, the minibar in the room is complimentary which is more than enough!! The bathroom is Read more[SPLIT]Read lessnewly renovated.

By HSIN-YU Feb ’20 Trip Type Individual


5

Lovely weekend away in London

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here in the suite, which we chose as a treat to celebrate a birthday. The staff made the weekend extra special, and were very helpful throughout the weekend. Breakfast was good, though limited in choice. Location is excellent, and the atmosphere very chic.

By Richard Oct ’19 Trip Type Couple


5

Fantastic London stay

Location is perfect for all London activities for tourists - several tube lines connect around it and easily walking distance to Oxford St. Front desk is helpful and thoughtful.

By Caitlin Sep ’19 Trip Type Couple


5

wonderful staff great rooms beautiful peaceful hotel with lovely patio

Wonderful

By Kerrie Jul ’19 Trip Type Business


5

Excellent

Staff were very friendly and helpful. Great location.

By Janet Jun ’19 Trip Type Couple


Key Features

Air
Air conditioning
Restaurant
Restaurant
Room
Room service
Bar
Bar
Family
Family friendly

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Concierge desk
  • Doctor on call
  • Same day dry cleaning
  • Turndown service
  • Laundry service
  • Complimentary shoeshine
  • Wakeup service
  • Onsite laundry
  • Meeting rooms

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Concierge desk
  • Doctor on call
  • Same day dry cleaning
  • Turndown service
  • Laundry service
  • Complimentary shoeshine
  • Wakeup service
  • Onsite laundry
  • Meeting rooms
  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe deposit box
  • Bar
  • Onsite laundry
  • Family friendly
  • Fire safety compliant
  • Full service housekeeping
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Security
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Catering services
  • Pets not allowed

Food And Drinks

Begin your day with breakfast cooked just the way you like it in The Refectory. Later, embrace the English tradition of afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, warm scones, pastries and perhaps a chilled glass of Prosecco. If the weather is on side, take a seat in the secluded garden, or cosy up in The Alchemy Bar. This stylish setting is also the place to enjoy speciality gins and craft cocktails – ideal before an evening out in London. Throughout the day, order from the in-room dining menu to savour British and international dishes.

Breakfast Room

Served Meals: Breakfast Dining at The Academy is straightforward. Start the day with a sumptuous breakfast and finish the day with something from The Alchemy bar menu- room service in the comfort of your own room or an indulgent afternoon tea.

The Refectory

Served Meals: Breakfast Start the day with a sumptuous breakfast served in the stylish yet relaxed surrounds of The Refectory.

Spa

A hidden gem in the heart of the City, tucked away in the charming garden of The Academy is Mr. Ma’s Tea House Spa. The bespoke spa references 1920’s Bloomsbury and is a nod to Lao She’s acclaimed novel, Mr Ma and Son. Mr Ma’s Teahouse Spa will offer an uncommon collection of authentic Asian experiences. Guests will be able to enjoy traditional Asian body therapies, such as a hot medicinal herbal footbath followed by Zhi ya, Chinese reflexology or Tuina an invigorating and rhythmical acupressure to energise and balance the body.

Location of your stay

Hotel Address

The Academy

21 Gower Street

Bloomsbury

London

WC1E 6HG

England

United Kingdom

Check in:

1400

Check out:

1100

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Where is it?

10 miles to airport City Airport

22 miles to airport Heathrow Airport

37 miles to airport Stansted

44 miles to airport Gatwick Airport

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