Near UCL London in the heart of Bloomsbury

West End energy seeps into Regency style at The Academy

The Academy occupies an enviable position for a luxury London hotel — in the centre of Bloomsbury, an attractive district in London’s West End  dominated by grassy squares and grand Georgian buildings. The Academy offers easy access to UCL London and some of the capital’s most recognisable areas and famous attractions. The British Museum is only a 4-minute walk away.  Close proximity to various means of transport allows us to cater for tourists looking to explore the London landmarks.

The Academy Hotel is located at 21 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6HG. View us on Google Maps.

Things To See & Do

  • THE BRITISH MUSEUM: This grand museum houses a vast collection of art and historical artefacts, focused on human history and culture.
  • SOHO: This long established entertainment district is one of the city’s most exciting parts, home to great restaurants and clubs.
  • THE CARTOON MUSEUM: With a library of over 9,000 books and comics, stop here for the best of British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation.
  • CORAM’S FIELDS: A seven-acre open space consisting of a children's playground, sand pits, a duck pond, a pets corner, café and nursery.
  • THE FOUNDLING MUSEUM: This museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first home for abandoned children. It also features a large collection of Handel memorabilia.
  • OXFORD STREET: Europe’s busiest shopping street boasts over 300 shops, mixing high-end fashion, technology, homeware and accessories.
  • CHARING CROSS ROAD: Renowned for its specialist and second-hand bookshops, this street also features music shops and theatres.
  • BOND STREET: The only road that runs between Oxford Street and Piccadilly in London’s West End, since the 18th century Bond Street has been fashionable shopping destination.
  • REGENT STREET: Well-known for its famous Christmas illuminations, a tradition dating back to the 1940s.
  • COVENT GARDEN: Between Charing Cross Road and Drury Lane, this former fruit and vegetable market is a popular shopping site and home to Royal Opera House.
  • CAMDEN MARKET: The fourth most-popular visitor attraction in London, at this collection of market stalls you’ll find anything from clothing to crafts, fast food to brac-a-brac.
  • LONDON ZOO: The world’s oldest scientific zoo, it features over 800 species of animals.
  • REGENT’S PARK: One of the Royal Parks of London, the 410 acres of Regent’s Park contain Regent’s University London, London Zoo and an open air theatre. 
  • SOMERSET HOUSE: A giant neoclassical building overlooking the River Thames, in the summer the courtyard is full of fountains and in winter you can skate on the ice rink.
  • NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY: When it opened in 1856, it was the first portrait gallery in the world. It’s collection is full of historically important and famous British people  including the Chandos portrait of Shakespeare.


As well as the guaranteed lowest available room rates, you will receive the following benefits by booking direct with us:

  • A complimentary bottle of Prosecco
  • Free fibre-optic wifi in all rooms and public areas
  • Discounted car parking of 20%, at the adjacent Q-Park throughout your stay
  • A 20% discount from all food consumed at the hotel
  • Complimentary access to the Nuffield Gym, located next door within the Omni Centre