The multi-million pound refurbishment of the interior of The Academy, in London’s West End, will be completed in April 2018, at which time the collection of five Georgian townhouses, combined into one hotel, will also become part of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection.
YTL Hotels’ new London property is being restyled by renowned New York-based designer, Alexandra Champalimaud, juxtaposing timeless glamour and traditional features with a modern, comfortable city style to create a contemporary take on townhouse living. Champalimaud Design has also been inspired by the lives and loves of ‘The Bloomsbury Set’ – the influential group of writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists which included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and E.M. Forster – who lived and worked in the area in the early 20th Century.
The Academy will house 50 elegant guest rooms across its five townhouses and a redesign of public spaces will see The Alchemy Bar re-housed on the ground floor, leading through to a beautiful garden. The lower ground floor will house The Refectory, an intimate breakfast room and function space. Tucked away in the garden of The Academy is the bespoke Mr. Ma’s Tea House Spa, offering an uncommon collection of authentic Asian experiences including traditional Asian body therapies.
A stone’s throw from The British Museum, fine restaurants and world famous shopping streets, The Academy is ideally positioned for business and pleasure. Housing not one but two secluded gardens, the boutique hotel offers a refuge to gather, recharge and relax.
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