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Excel English to close after 30 years

It is with great sadness that Judy Loren (Founder, Principal and Managing Director) of Excel English has today announced the school in Muswell Hill, North London will close on August 30th, almost 30 years to the day it opened.

The main reason for the closure is the downturn in the industry over the past few years which has led to lower numbers and therefore declining income. Speaking from the school, Judy has made the following statement –

“Although I had hoped to continue running Excel English for a few more years, I have decided the time has come to close the school and start on the next phase of my life. For quality independent schools to survive in the current climate, extremely proactive sales and marketing is required, for which I no longer have the energy or financial resources.  I have loved my 40 years in this industry and the 30 years running the school.  I have travelled to countries I’d never have dreamed of visiting, met many wonderful people and had the pleasure of watching students not only improve their English but expand their emotional and intellectual horizons.  I’d like to thank my many friends in the industry (overseas partners and those from other schools and associations) for their support over the years and especially the members of TEN (The English Network) who have been so willing to share their knowledge and best practice to help me and my dedicated team keep Excel English in the top tier of UK language schools.  Many of our wonderful teachers and administrative staff have been at the school ten years or more and we’re also still in contact with those who’ve moved on to manage other language schools, run teacher training programmes or join the British Council inspectorate.  Without their hard work, Excel English would never have had the reputation it has earned over the years.  Thank you all so much!”

Excel English will continue to operate at its usual high standards until the closure on August 30th with everyone working hard to ensure the students have their best summer ever.  The school is also planning a party for staff, students, homestay hosts and friends that afternoon/evening to celebrate 30 years living up to their name.

Judy Loren






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Free eGuide: An essential guide to choosing your English language school

Here at Excel English,we have prepared this FREE eGuide that is essential for language learners. It is packed with useful tips and helpful information for choosing the right language school for YOU!

1. Which English speaking country do I want to go to?
2. Is the countryside, the sea, or the city better for me?
3. How do I know this school is a good quality one?
4. What accommodation should I choose?
5. Does this school offer the services I need?
6. Is the price right for me?

All these questions and more are answered. Take a look!


Download eGuide


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What makes our General English & Exam Preparation courses some of the best in London and the UK?

Reasons to take an English course at Excel English

  • In the top 10 of London schools and in the top 2% of all UK schools (according to British Council report)
  • We are the only London school to offer a free first day sightseeing walk! We help students get to know Muswell Hill and central London, so they are comfortable and confident travelling around the city from day one.
  • We have the only purpose built language school in London. This beautiful building is surrounded by lovely gardens; so students have a relaxed learning environment.
  • All our permanent teachers are DELTA qualified so students progress quickly and gain confidence in speaking English.
  • Excellent exam results; CAE 100% Pass, FCE 100% Pass, IELTS 80% Pass* (2017/18 results. *students achieving their desired grade or higher)
  • Our lovely safe London location is in a fashionable area that is well serviced and connected, and is home to real Londoners. 
  • There are many restaurants, cafes and bars in the area so students can socialise locally as well as in central London. Muswell Hill Broadway is London’s Healthiest High street!
  • Students save time and money as our excellent accommodation is near the school, often within walking distance; maximum travel is one direct bus; no tube and no changes.
  • We deliver on what we promise so students experience excellent student care.


We some of the best english courses in london for adults. Our exam results speak for themselves.

At Excel English, your students will learn quickly, gain confidence and speak more fluently.

We use a range of modern teaching techniques so students progress fast. Our teachers plan their lessons, knowing not only our detailed curriculum for each level, but also the individual needs, strengths and weaknesses of each student. And we also know serious study can be fun so our lessons are communicative, interactive and challenging. Our programmes can be booked on their own or combined to make a personalised study plan. Students decide the number of hours and weeks they want to study.

Here’s what a typical week looks like at Excel English


Take a look at our General English and Exam Preparation courses and find the course most suitable for you!

Get in touch and see how you can join our school

We look forward to hearing from you soon

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30th Anniversary Package

To celebrate our 30th year in business, we have a very special offer for our students and partners.

As we first opened our doors in September 1989, we have a discounted 4 week package that costs just £1989. It includes tuition, accommodation, registration fee, learning materials fee and we have included an Oyster Travel-card with £30 top up, so you will get to see more of London!

This saves you over £160!

To read more about the offer, please go to our Special Offers section and book your place today!

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JUST ADDED: 30+ Professional Language Course with Golf

A brand new over 30’s language programme for 2019

The 30+ Professional Language Course with Golf is a combination of our 30+ professional language and culture course plus 2 individual lessons per week with an experienced golf professional at one of the best golf courses in north London.

This course will help you to improve your golf skills, whether you are a beginner or an expert. You will have 24 hours per week of our 30+ language and culture course in multinational classes. The golf lessons are 1:1 with the trainer. The programme includes 2 individual coaching sessions per week (1 hour per session), given by professionally trained and qualified instructors.  Loan of golf clubs and balls is included.

Your golf lessons will take place at a beautiful course, which is over 100 years old.  The course is only a short walk from the school, and if you wish you can arrange to play a round of golf at this excellent venue in addition to your lessons (extra fee applies). To play a round you will need golf shoes which can be purchased from the club if necessary.

If you wish, you can book extra golf lessons each week.

You will have 21 hours of English tuition with enthusiastic, trained teachers.  All our 30+ lessons include language enhancement and error correction and are focused round stimulating and up to date topics, including business English and aspects of British culture.

Lesson topics could include –

  • Britishness
  • Advertising Campaigns
  • Breaking News
  • Office Politics
  • Great journeys

During the course you will also take part in an afternoon London excursion or an evening event.  The actual activities are decided each week by the participants but could include –

  • visit to the City of London & Bank of England
  • legal London walk
  • exploring the Southwark area of London
  • traditional afternoon tea*
  • visit to a famous historic pub*
  • fish & chip supper*
  • (*costs not included)

Outside the classroom, you can take part in an optional 2 hours of guided self study and use the Excel English App to continue improving your English.  We also offer all our students a range of social activities, especially on the free Friday afternoons, to help you explore London, and speak more fluently.

By the end of your course, you will have gained more confidence communicating in English, increased your vocabulary, explored aspects of the language and improved your accuracy.

Find out more about our 30 + Professional Language Course with Golf here.

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Excel English is 30!

As you know, Excel English is a proud independent school here in Muswell Hill, North London. We were established in 1989 and are now entering into our 30th year delivering high quality English lessons and care to all of our students.

We are one of a kind! This means we just have one school. Any other school with ‘Excel’ in their name are not affiliated with us. We ask you to please remember this when choosing a language school. They may have ‘Excel’ in the name but they will never be able to give you The Excel English Promise.

  school front  

We have some exciting plans to celebrate our 30th year in business and we look forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks and months.

Stay tuned 😄


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FREE: Evening Taster Class

Excel English part time evening general English lessons will be starting from Monday October 22nd. Before they begin, we will be having a free evening taster class on Wednesday October 17th at 18:30.


This taster class will give potential students a chance to experience a lesson first hand and ask questions to our friendly teachers and staff there on the night. Even for students thinking of joining one of our full time courses, this is a great opportunity to come to our beautiful school and see what makes our lessons so interesting and enjoyable.

We hope to see you there!

To find out more and book a place, all you have to do is email us at info@excelenglish.co.uk

Our part time evening lessons will then take place every Monday & Wednesday evening from 18:30 till 20:45.

Evening General English Lessons

Apply now!


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NEW COURSE: English for Olympic Volunteers

English for Olympic Volunteers

London is an Olympic city. We are the only city to host the games 3 times and London 2012 is widely considered to be the best Olympics to date. One of the main reasons it was so special was because of the people working there, the volunteers.


We have a very special language and culture course adapted for the needs of people volunteering for the Olympics, especially Tokyo 2020. Students will learn about London’s Olympic heritage while visiting various Olympic sites across the city.

They will take part in a specialist language course, learning the language necessary for volunteering at the Olympics while also learning about the organisation that went in, behind the scenes, to make London 2012 such a success.


They’ll get to meet London 2012 volunteers who will speak to them about their own personal experience being games makers for the event. There will also be afternoon tea, a dinner night and 2 Saturday excursions included in the package. It is a great way to see the best of London and prepare them for a once in a lifetime experience at the Olympics.

The course will be running twice in 2019:

  • Monday March 11th – Friday March 22nd
  • Monday October 14th – Friday October 25th


Learn more about English for Olympic Volunteers

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Can going to a festival improve your English?

Learning doesn’t just begin and end in the classroom. There are endless ways you can improve your English when you visit the UK.

In London, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to festivals in summertime. With our seemingly endless sunshine this year, there is no better place to enjoy a fun day out with friends. From watching all the greats of music, old and new, at British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, to a festival dedicated solely to chicken wings, there is something for everyone.

Right here on our doorstep in North London, we are lucky to have multiple major festivals & concerts within 10 minutes of the school. This year in Finsbury Park, they will be hosting Steel Yard Festival, Wireless Festival, and The Kooks headlining Community Fest. All that and there is still ‘Hospitality in the Park’ and Abode Festival to look forward to in late August!

Last year, in Alexandra Palace, one of the the most anticipated new festivals of the year took place on Saturday July 21st. Kaleidoscope was a one-day music and arts festival featuring music from the Flaming Lips, Mystery Jets, and many more. It had great food, theatre & performance, and there was even a dedicated spoken word and comedy stage. All of this took place in the beautiful surroundings of Alexandra Palace & Park. While, the festival won’t be back till 2020, they will be having a day of music with ‘Kaleidoscope Presents…Norman Jay MBE Good Times at the Palace’ on August 25th 2019.



What has this got to do with learning English?

For English learners, going to a festival or concert is a great way to improve their language skills. Time in the classroom is spent listening to songs, news stories, people having conversations, all with the same goal in mind, to train your ear and boost listening and speaking skills. Our talented teachers pride themselves on creating fun and engaging lessons for students. Why not put the skills you learn in the classroom into practice while having some fun at the same time! Get out and go to a festival! There are song lyrics to be heard, jokes to enjoy and friendly people to speak with and have a good time!


“We encourage our students to get out and practise their English as much as possible. Learning English can be a fun experience, and when you’re in London, you have the opportunity to meet real Londoners, make friends and experience what this great city has to offer. We help our students excel both in and out of the classroom, so they learn effectively and quickly, and hopefully they have fun along the way.”

Kerry Dorling – Director of Studies


Learn English and experience the best of London here at Excel English.


Here are some of the best concerts, festivals and events coming up in London this Summer.

In Finsbury Park:

Community Festival – 30 June 2019 

Wireless Festival – 5-7 July 2019 

Hospitality in the Park – 21 September 2019

Abode in the Park – 22 September 2019

7th/8th September – London Wing Fest – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Jun 15th & 16th, Jul 27th & 28th, Aug 17th – StrEATlife: Street food and craft beer festival– Alexandra Palace

24th 26th August – Notting Hill Carnival – Notting Hill

24th  – 26th August – South West Four Festival – Clapham Common

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Essential apps for your night out in London.

London is thought to be an expensive city when going out. However, if you know where to look, you can have a great time on any budget. If you’re coming to London and have your course booked, it is best not to wait and plan everything once you arrive at the last minute. Start planning now! The U.K and especially London have a thriving music & arts scene. Shows can sell out fast and people can be left disappointed when there are no tickets left. To avoid disappointment, here are four apps to help you prepare and have the best night out in London.

For music lovers, there are some useful apps you can download.


Like Songkick, GigAlert and other similar apps, Bandsintown allows you to follow your favourite bands and see when and where they are playing according your location. You can let the app scan the music on your phone through Spotify or Apple Music and it will automatically add the bands to your watchlist.

Set your location to the city you are planning to visit and the app will let you know if any of the bands you like are playing there. It will also recommend similar bands based on the music you like. If you see a show you want to attend, the app will direct you to the events ticketing page. Turn on your app’s notifications and you will be first to know when tickets go on sale.

Download Bandsintown on the App Store and Google Play.


Timeout London.

Timeout is the most used site in the U.K for people looking for bars, restaurants, theatre, arts and events. Simply go onto the app, find the type of event you are looking for and Time Out will have lots of suggestions for you.

You can swipe through the photos of each venue and see what Time Out and other users have to say about the place. Tap the details section to see the venues opening hours and admission prices (if any). It will show you the location and tell you the best way to get there either by public transport or how much it will cost you in an Uber taxi. It has all London’s free and paid events in one place and has exclusive discount offers to help you save some money.

Download TimeOut on the App Store and Google Play.



A favourite with our students. Drinki offers you one free drink a night in some of London’s best bars. Simply pick a bar, show the app to the bar person and get your free drink. If you are staying for more than one, they offer discounts of up to 50% off the next round of drinks.

Download Drinki on the App Store and Google Play.


Excel English App:

If you want to practise your English before you arrive, our free Excel English app lets you practise your English while on the go. In the ‘Get around town in English’ section, it has all the English you will need for your evening out. From booking a taxi to ordering a meal at a restaurant, it lets you practise through fun videos, speaking activities, pronunciation practise and more.

Download the Excel English App on the App Store and Google Play.



There are so many things to do for free in London. To read about more free activities, have a look at our ‘London for Free’ section and keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for more tips and suggestions.

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