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The Academy, London

5-star5 stars
21 Gower StreetBloomsbury, LondonEnglandWC1E 6HGUnited Kingdom

Luxury hotel with bar/lounge, near University of London
  • Free continental breakfast and free WiFi
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Very Good8.2
Great location
Fantastic service
Regular internet service
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The Academy, London

from $244
  • Townhouse King
  • Townhouse Single Room
  • Bloomsbury King Room
  • Bloomsbury Suite

What’s around The Academy, London


  • In London City Centre
  • University of London - 5 min walk
  • University College London - 6 min walk
  • Big Ben - 31 min walk
  • London Stock Exchange - 31 min walk
  • London Dungeon - 32 min walk
  • St. Paul's Cathedral - 34 min walk
  • Buckingham Palace - 37 min walk

Getting around

  • London (LCY-London City) - 41 min drive
  • London (LHR-Heathrow) - 44 min drive
  • London (LGW-Gatwick) - 91 min drive
  • London Euston Station - 12 min walk
  • London St. Pancras Station - 21 min walk
  • London Charing Cross Station - 21 min walk
  • Goodge Street Underground Station - 5 min walk
  • Russell Square Underground Station - 8 min walk
  • Tottenham Court Road Underground Station - 8 min walk
  • Discounted offsite parking
  • Onsite parking not available

About The Academy, London

5-star boutique hotel with free WiFi, near British Museum

Near the British Museum
The Academy Hotel offers a boutique, townhouse-style experience that places you a 5-minute stroll from the renowned British Museum. Getting around London is also easy with Goodge Street Tube Station, on the Northern Line, just a 4-minute stroll from your front door.

Shop 'til you drop
Oxford Street and Bond Street, which offer some of London's hippest shops, are less than a 20-minute stroll. For the capital's best nightlife and theaters, you can reach Covent Garden or Leicester Square in 15 minutes on foot.

Coffee and tea in the common areas
Enjoy coffee and tea at The Alchemy Bar lobby lounge or in the private garden. This 5-star hotel also has a library where you can relax.

Georgian interiors
Guestrooms feature restored Georgian interiors, and you'll find fruit and tea on your arrival. In addition to free WiFi, you'll have a TV with digital service, minibar, and a coffeemaker. Other welcome extras include free shoeshines and 24-hour room service.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 49 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-2 AM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

  • Discounted offsite parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Working away
  • Meeting rooms 4
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Year Built 1775
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Espresso maker
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding
Things to enjoy
  • Individually furnished
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels
  • IPod docking station
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free newspaper
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


The Alchemy Bar - This lobby lounge serves light fare only. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.

Awards and affiliations

  • The property is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

The Academy, London’s small print

Also known as

  • Academy Hotel London
  • Academy London
  • The Academy Hotel London
  • The Academy London, England
  • Academy Hotel


Additional policies and fees may apply when booking more than 6 rooms. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

This property does not have elevators.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for GBP 75.0 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.2 From 37 reviews

The Academy, London
I very much enjoyed my three nights at the Academy. Found the area to be quiet yet convenient for tube and bus connections, walkable for British Museum, restaurants and some theaters. Staff were pleasant and helpful. My room was on the ground floor, small but not tiny, and well arranged. Loved the bed, very comfortable, just the right blend of soft with firm support for me.
Linda F, us3 night trip
The Academy, London
Very Good8.0
The Academy - Best Hotel on Gower Street
A beautiful little gem of a hotel, friendly staff and great location. Five minutes walking distance to the British Museum, 10 minutes in Covent Garden. Set in a Georgian building which has been recently renovated The Academy is definitely the best hotel on Gower Street - I actually booked there last minute as the hotel which I was originally booked in was not up to my standards. The Academy was. One little thing the bathroom in the single room is really, really small, but the comfort of the bed the free tea and coffee and mini-bar and great staff make up for it.
Dina, us6 night trip
The Academy, London
Lacked advertised ameninities, but fine otherwise
Pros: - Complimentary mini-bar (water, sparkling water, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta, and Stella Artois refilled every day for free) - Nice location - The room was small but generally well-laid out - Very good AC unit and towel warmer Cons: - The internet barely worked -- it was down for half my 8-day stay, and when it was up it ran at 1/5th the advertised speed (so, barely faster than dial-up). It was unusable. When I asked the front desk, they just repeatedly said "There's nothing we can do", as if that magically excused them from not providing an amenity they advertised (and the one that was the deciding factor in my choosing to stay there). - The fire alarm went off twice while I was there, at around 8am each day. It turned off within 20 seconds, but it would have been a rude awakening. - The bed was tilted side-to-side at about a ten-degree angle -- mildly unpleasant to sleep on. - The towel warmer is so close to the toilet that it's almost impossible to sit down without accidentally burning your leg. Overall, I'd recommend this hotel for pleasure travel if you're not going to have to spend much time in the room. I was there on business, though, and the poor internet was an enormous issue.
David, us8 night trip
The Academy, London
Very Good8.0
Really nice hotel. Very well decorated and cosy. Room was well equipped but quite small.
Duncan, gb1 night trip
The Academy, London
Very Good8.0
Excellent. Convenient. Great service. Good price.
Excellent. Convenient. Great service. Good price.
Andrew, gb1 night trip

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The Academy, London

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