The Best English Language Schools in London

by Paul Joseph  |  Published May 1, 2017

Walking around the streets of London, one can hear hundreds of languages spoken within even the smallest of radiuses, acting as evidence of its status as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. But many visitors come to the UK capital with the ambition of learning the native language too, and for that there are multiple opportunities thanks to the wide number of English language courses available here.

Photo: Mayfair School of English

For anyone seeking to learn English in London, we’ve researched language schools across the city, comparing them on a number of metrics such as value for money, student reviews, and accreditation. Below are 7 that we recommend based on our findings.

Mayfair School of English

With 30 years’ experience of specialist language teaching, the Mayfair School of English is one of the city’s most well-established learning institutions for foreign students. Housed in a five-story building between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road tube stations, in the heart of the capital, the school offers short and long-term English Language courses for students aged 16 and above. There are courses on General English, Business English, Examination English, Junior English, English Plus and One-to-One, as well as informal workshops designed to help full-time students to make the most of their time in London. Off-site learning days also form part of each syllabus, enabling students cto experience language in a real-life context. Students can decide whether to study for 15, 20 or 30 lessons per week, or part-time in the evening. All of the school’s teachers have a TEFL qualification, while more than half are Diploma qualified and all have at least 4 years of teaching experience.

International House London

Nestled in London’s iconic Covent Garden district, International House attracts more than 8,000 students from over 150 different nationalities each year. The school offers English for Life or English for Study courses, with students having access to several dedicated areas for personal learning, including have 56 air-conditioned classrooms, a self-access computer area, digital ‘language lab’ facilities and a resource library, as well as a casual café where many choose to read over their notes or simply relax with friends. A busy social programme helps students make the most of the school’s central location, with regular nights out to clubs, bars and local theatres all featuring, plus weekend and day trips to cities across the UK and Europe.

The English Studio

Located directly opposite Holborn Tube station in Central London, the English Studio has been specialising in teaching English for 20 years. Students can choose from a wide range of courses including General English, Intensive English and English Exam Preparation, as well as several courses focussed on specific vocational sectors such as Healthcare, Accountancy, Construction and Hospitality. All of the school’s courses are accredited by the British Council and ACELS as well as boasting several other respected endorsements from educational institutions across the UK. The school’s website also offers a free English test so that prospective students can work out their level and choose a course accordingly.

Excel English

Established in 1989, Excel English quickly gained a reputation as one of London’s best language schools. Located in the north London suburb of Muswell Hill, in a modern purpose-built building surrounded by large gardens and woodlands, the school features comfortable classrooms – many with interactive whiteboards – a self-access centre with computers and a range of study materials including books and DVDs. Standard courses are designed for students aged 16 and over and include Intensive English, Super Intensive and Intensive Combination General English, as well as specialised exam courses.Additionally, tailored ‘Experience’ courses introduces students to traditional English social activities such as Afternoon Tea, meaning they can learn about English culture at the same time as studying the language. The school also runs a separate social programme that includes group outings to museums, football matches and other London attractions, as well as providing a resource for finding affordable student accommodation options including homestays.

Speak Up London

Located on the famous thoroughfare of Oxford Street, Speak Up London features 12 classrooms, a self-study and reading area with computers and Wi-Fi, and a student lounge with TVThe school offers a choice of General English or Professional English, with a maximum of 16 students per class, while for those with work commitments during the week, it also provides Saturday English Classes and Evening Classes. The school has numerous accreditations including by the British Council, the Cambridge Exam Preparation Centre and the Association for Learning Languages. Furthermore, each Friday the school also hosts a free-entry Speaking Club, which welcomes anyone who would like to attend, and offers an opportunity to meet and chat with other students.

Ingla School of English

Nestled in Turnpike Lane, north London, Ingla School of English is accredited by the British Council and offers courses on General English, Cambridge English Exams Preparation, Trinity Exams Preparation, and IELTS Exam Preparation. The school also provides a Welfare Officer to help students with essential information required to ease the transition for those who plan to live in the UK, including UK laws, opening a bank account, accommodation, applying for a National Insurance number, registering with a doctor and dentist, practicing a religion and going to leisure or entertainment venues. To help prospective students decide whether to join a course, they can apply online for a free lesson via the school’s website.


Another language school in London’s northern suburbs, a short walk from Wood Green Underground Station, TELC UK is ideal for anyone seeking to work in hospitality. The school works with one of leading recruitment agencies in London specialising in hospitality and leisure, meaning that studying here could be your first step to a job in a hotel, health club or private members club. The school also offers standard courses in General English and Business English, as well as FCE, CAE and IELTS language groups, while there are specialised classes for children too. Classes are kept to a maximum of 10 students, meaning you’ll never need to fight for the attention of your teacher. The school also helps students find fully vetted host families who they can live with during their time in the UK in order to immerse themselves in both the country’s language and culture.