Capital Hotel, Knightsbridge, London
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Now is a good time to
plan a weekend or short break to the capital city. There’s so much to see and
do in London and a visit can be perfect for all sorts of reasons -
sightseeing, shopping, visiting the museums and attractions, perhaps a West End
show, to celebrate a special occasion or simply to get away and relax. For
whatever reason your choice of hotel needs to be spot on and well situated. I
stayed at the luxurious five star Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, just one minute
to Harrod’s and two to Harvey Nichols!
Elegant and English
throughout. The Capital is a unique hotel offering a luxury stay and
personalised service. The Capital is one of the last remaining family owned and
managed five star hotels in London. Opened by its Scottish proprietor David
Levin in 1971 it still is today a family-run hotel managed by David’s daughter
Kate. My wife and I received a warm welcome from Kate on our arrival and from
the start of our stay it was clear that exemplary service and comfort are of
paramount importance to her and The Capital team.
After checking in, we
headed for the Sitting Room for a very welcome and reasonably priced Afternoon
Tea. Delicate sandwiches, homemade pastries, scones and delicious jams with a
choice of teas or fresh coffee. Afternoon tea is understandably very popular
and the hotel strongly recommends pre-booking to avoid disappointment.
Now time to quickly
unpack. We were shown to our room by the Concierge and it did not disappoint. A
lovely, elegant Classic King room overlooking the main street. There are 49
guest rooms in total including eight junior suites, seven deluxe doubles and
both Classic Queen and double classic rooms. Next-door The Apartments are also
available for longer stays.
Each uniquely decorated
room has Nina Campbell fabrics along with English antiques and art from David
Levin’s private collection. Hand-stitched mattresses, indulgent linen and
oversized bathrobes along with complimentary Wi-Fi and the personal touches
make all the difference. As you would expect from a hotel of this calibre all
the services and facilities available in each room ensures a very comfortable
The Capital Bar
Cosy and inviting, The Capital Bar is managed by Cesar Da Silva. Under Cesar, who has been granted the honour of Keeper of the Quaich, (an exclusive International Society formed with the purpose of promoting the heritage and quality of Scotch whisky by leading Scotch whisky distillers) the bar has amassed an almost unrivalled whisky collection.
There’s a great selection
of cocktails and light bar meals are also available throughout most of the day
and evening. Cesar regularly hosts whisky and cheese pairing events, where an
impressive range of whisky is expertly matched with a selection of British
Dining at the Capital
The Michelin starred
Outlaw’s at The Capital is masterminded by Nathan Outlaw, arguably Britain’s
best seafood chef. The Capital gives Cornish based Nathan a London outpost for
the first time in his celebrated career, focusing on simply prepared and
ecologically sound British seafood. Head Chef, Pete Biggs, sources the freshest
and best seafood producing a wonderful menu accompanied by a great selection of
We had been looking
forward to our dinner reservation and after drinks in the bar we were shown to
our table in the light, airy and elegant restaurant. The quality of the food
was outstanding and service by the restaurant team first class.
The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro
An additional dining
option with classic favourite dishes can be found next door at The Metro Wine
Bar and Bistro. Here there’s an impressive selection of wines, including those
from David Levin’s own organic winery in the Loire Valley, the Levin Vineyard.
This is a truly luxurious
five star London hotel with a distinct advantage of being family owned and
managed. During my stay all the staff I came across were friendly, polite and
professional. My wife and I were referred to by name and we felt valued guests.
It was a real pleasure to
stay here where nothing was too much trouble. It’s in a great location just a
short distance from Hyde Park and a few minutes from Harrod’s and the
fashionable shopping areas of Knightsbridge. This well run hotel sets a very
More informationThe Capital,
Knightsbridge is a perfect location for a city break. The Capital offers various packages including 'Shop Until You Drop' which includes a £50
Harrods’ voucher, Continental breakfast, afternoon tea and a cocktail in
If you want to treat the
family, then consider The Capital’s fabulous two-night Family City Break for a family of four. The price includes
two nights’ accommodation (sharing a double and interconnecting room on
selected dates during school holidays), a generous Continental breakfast each
morning, a guided tour to the V&A museum with a London Blue Badge Guide and
fish ‘n chips at the Metro Bistro (next door to the Capital) on return.
For whisky aficionados, the hotel offers a tempting Scotch Whisky and English Cheese
Tastings in the convivial Capital Bar. The experience includes three pairings and a whisky-based cocktail (advance booking essential
and minimum of two people).
All prices are based on two sharing a room. See The Capital's Special Offers page for up-to-date prices.
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