Old School for the New World

The Idler Academy is a school based in London which offers online and real-world courses in the classical liberal arts and practical skills.


During the day our London HQ operates as a calm, quiet bookshop selling beautiful, useful and unusual books and gifts.


We serve Monmouth coffee and cake, and there is an enclosed medieval garden to retreat to.


Opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10am till 6pm. Appointments can be made to view our books and gifts, or discuss our courses, outside those hours, by calling 0207 221 5908.


We teach philosophy, astronomy, calligraphy, music, business skills, English grammar, ukulele, public speaking, singing, drawing, self-defence and other subjects. Here you can educate yourself in the ideas of Plato or learn the ukulele, in convivial surroundings with like-minded and interesting people. Recordings of lectures are available to Friends and Fellows of the Idler Academy. This means overseas and out-of-town idlers can join the fun.


Terms and Conditions


Idler Academy tickets for both events and courses are FULLY TRANSFERABLE. This means if you are unable to attend something you have booked, then you may pass your ticket on. Please simply contact us with your details and the details of the person whom you would like to transfer your ticket(s) to.
If you would like to cancel a ticket, we accept cancellations for an event 14 days before, and for a course 28 days before, refunding your money in full.
Fewer than 14 days before an event and 28 days before a course and we shall not be able to offer a refund.

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