Idler Academy

81 Westbourne Park Road , London, W2 5QH

SquareMeal Review of Idler Academy

‘Bookseller/Coffeehouse/School’ is how this cosy temple to gentle self-improvement aptly describes itself. Co-owned by the editor of The Idler magazine, the Academy is already attracting a loyal following of learned types who don’t take themselves too seriously. Alongside new & second-hand books is a tempting display of proper handmade cakes, so you can settle in at a vintage desk, slice of lemon drizzle in one hand, copy of The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear in the other. At lunchtime, savoury tarts with fillings such as anchovy & red pepper or Gorgonzola & fig are on offer. Most sweet & savoury stuff comes courtesy of the Blueberry Hill catering outfit, coffee is from Monmouth, & loose-leaf teas include Himalayan orange or ooling. Regular events include everything from ‘mending mornings’ to philosophy symposia.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Royal Oak Tube Station 396m

Westbourne Park Tube Station 454m


Address: 81 Westbourne Park Road , London W2 5QH

Area: Notting Hill Holland Park

Opening times

Tues-Sat 10am-6.30pm Sun 11am-5pm

Nearby Landmarks

Westbourne Gardens 371m

U.C.I. Whiteleys 8 Cinema 701m


Telephone: 0845 250 1281


Cuisine: Cafes

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