The Idler Academy

 
 
ADDRESS
81 Westbourne Park Road, Bayswater, London W2 5QH
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Tue to Sat 10am-6.30pm, Sun 11am-5pm | Mon Closed
 

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If you like your coffee with a strong shot of philosophy, The Idler Academy is the place for you. This cafe-cum-centre of learning was set up by The Idler's Tom Hodgkinson - the man who advocates doing less is more through his Idler books - and aims to revive the 18th century coffeehouse, mixing in a good dose of the 1950s grammar school. Alongside their Monmouth coffee, organic ploughman's lunches and cream teas you get lessons in topics as varied as history, philosophy, sewing, cooking and carpentry. Lessons in a typical month include Rabbi Julia Neuberger giving a symposium on death, historian John Nicholson with an illustrated lecture on riots, rebellions, uprisings in England, and a programme of light works by Beethoven and his contemporary, the Italian guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani. Free goblets of wine and nibbles are served at some of the evening courses, adding to the sense of convivial learning. The Idler Academy motto is libertas per cultum, meaning 'freedom through education', in the sense of 'cultivation' of knowledge. If you thought learning was boring the Idler folk will make you think differently.

 

The Idler Academy events

 
Class: Festival Fabulous CraftingClass: Festival Fabulous CraftingIn our Festival Fabulous Crafting Course you will make everything you need to pimp yourself out at festivals this summer - from bunting and cushions to make a cosy camp; to headdresses, accessories & makeup to make you stand out from the crowd.2015-05-05T19:00:00+01002015-06-23T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Idler Academy, 81  Westbourne Park Road      W2 5QH
Category: event
Now On
Class: Festival Fabulous Crafting
Live: Tales From The Cocktail Hour With Alice LascellesLive: Tales From The Cocktail Hour With Alice LascellesThe Times journalist, drinks expert and author of Ten Cocktails: The Art of Convivial Drinking Alice Lascelles takes you on a bibulous tour of merriment throughout the ages.2015-05-13T18:30:00+01002015-05-13T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Idler Academy, 81  Westbourne Park Road      W2 5QH
Category: event
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Live: Tales From The Cocktail Hour With Alice Lascelles
Adam Buxton LiveAdam Buxton Live2015-05-14T19:00:00+01002015-05-14T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Idler Academy, 81  Westbourne Park Road      W2 5QH
Category: event
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Adam Buxton Live
Improve Your Memory MasterclassImprove Your Memory MasterclassJoin us for an interactive talk with eight times world memory champion and Guinness World Record Holder, Dominic O'Brien where he will teach his system for memorising names and faces, facts and figures, lists, calendar dates, playing cards, and more.2015-05-27T19:00:00+01002015-05-27T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The Idler Academy, 81  Westbourne Park Road      W2 5QH
Category: event
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Improve Your Memory Masterclass
 

Opening and closing times for The Idler Academy

Today (Tuesday) The Idler Academy is closed.

Monday:

Closed
 
 

Tuesday:

Closed
 
 

Wednesday:

10.00
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18.00
 
 

Thursday:

10.00
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18.00
 
 

Friday:

10.00
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18.00
 
 

Saturday:

10.00
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18.00
 
 

Sunday:

Closed
 
 

LondonTown.com - The Idler Academy Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Westbourne Park Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Royal Oak Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Queen's Park Overground Station
 
22 minutes walk
 
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Queensway Masterpark
 
7 minutes walk
 
Arthur Court NCP
 
11 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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    Class: Festival Fabulous Crafting
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    Concerts | Until 31st May 2015 

    St John's Church Notting Hill 15 minutes walk from The Idler Academy

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    The Frontline Club 19 minutes walk from The Idler Academy

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    Exhibitions | Until 4th July 2015 

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    Cockpit Theatre 23 minutes walk from The Idler Academy

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    Exhibitions | Until 17th May 2015 

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    Exhibitions | Until 17th May 2015 

    Serpentine Gallery 25 minutes walk from The Idler Academy

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    Serpentine Sackler Gallery 25 minutes walk from The Idler Academy

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