The London Boutique Hotel with a Charming Secret

Courtesy of Academy Hotel London

From the outside, it’s exactly as you’d have imagine a boutique London hotel—a series of uniform grey Georgian townhomes combined on a quiet one-way street in the heart of Bloomsbury.

But since its recent renovation, the Academy Hotel in London has undergone a transformation inside, and the rooms are anything but quaint stereotypical London digs. (A word that for Americans in Europe has often read as dingy.) Instead, the work done has made the hotel a sort of blend between a comfortably modern if unremarkable international aesthetic in the bedroom and a classic London feel outside, in the lobby, and in some fantastic public guest spaces. Thus, it is the latest selection for our series on exciting new or restored hotels, The New Room with a View

Maybe it’s because I’m tall or like air conditioning in metro cars in the middle of summer, but I’ve never loooooved the Tube (although I am a massive fan that its turnstyles take Apple Pay so I’ll never have to wait at a kiosk again), so the Academy Hotel’s central location just around the corner from the British Museum and my personal favorite the Wellcome Collection is ideal. And, despite being on a street that runs parallel to the madness of Tottenham Court Road, the hotel’s block is shockingly quiet. 

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