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The Academy

Central London
  • It's a 4-star boutique Georgian townhouse in London's bustling West End
  • Close to Covent Garden, Chinatown, the shops of Soho & Oxford Street, & the British Museum
  • Square Meal praises the hotel for having "the quirkiness & warmth of a large private home"

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89% (164 member ratings)

4.5Location
4.4Staff/Service
3.9Ambiance/Design
3.9Rooms
4.2Value for Money

Location

21 Gower Street
London, WC1E 6HG
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The Academy is a 4-star boutique townhouse complex in London's bustling West End. The 18th-century hotel is made up of five Georgian townhouses in Bloomsbury and "offers a sense of sanctuary just yards from the bustle of Bloomsbury and Oxford Street", says Frommer's.

The hotel is in a great location -- Covent Garden is a 15-minute walk away, the shops on Oxford Street are a 14-minute walk away and Bond Street is a 22-minute walk away.

Through wide, twisting corridors and staircases you'll find 49 rooms and suites restored to accentuate their Regency character, some with views over the property's private courtyard gardens. Some of the Junior Suites include marble fireplaces, and all have Nespresso machines. Homely features include a well-stocked library, antique furniture and floral fabrics.

Guests can dine in the Alchemy Bar, which serves classic British dishes such as beer-battered fish and chips with mushy peas, as well as international cuisine. You can take afternoon tea in the library, the conservatory or one of the two private courtyard gardens.

From the press:

  • "The Academy goes for the country intellectual look, in keeping with Bloomsbury's studious yet decadent history" -- Time Out
     
  • "A private courtyard garden adds allure to this cosy boutique hotel set in a series of renovated Georgian townhouses in Bloomsbury" -- Zagat
by Katie Warwick

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower

Parking

  • Public car park (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.

Check-in

  • Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout

  • Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests

  • There is no extra bed available.
    The Junior Suite Family can accommodate up to 4 adults. There is no supplement but breakfast is not included.

Pets

  • No pets allowed.

Cancellation

  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details

  • The hotel will charge a £50 pre-authorization for incidentals.

Getting there

The hotel is a 4-minute walk from Goodge Street Tube and five minutes from Tottenham Court Road Tube; both stations are on the Northern line, though Tottenham Court Road is also on the Central Line. Paddington Station is a 10-minute taxi ride away at approximately £12-£14, or you can take the Bakerloo Line direct from Oxford Circus.

Address

  • 21 Gower Street
  • London, WC1E 6HG
  • United Kingdom

Customer Service

Prefer to book over the phone?

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3564 9000

M-F, 8am-9pm

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