"Family-run authentic boutique hotel a stone’s throw from Harrods, with a world class restaurant to boot"

Need to know

    • 41 rooms and 8 suites
    • London townhouse in the hearth of Knightsbridge
    • With Harrods and Hyde Park at its doorstop, this is London living at its best

We love

  • Top of highlights has got to the Outlaws restaurant. No trip to The Capital is complete without a lunch or dinner here
  • Afternoon tea with the cakes, scones and crumpets
  • Whisky and cheese pairing sessions

Top Secret

Order some of the family’s very own Levin wine, produced in their organic French winery in the Loire Valley. It’s a treat!

Origins

Revolutionizing the sector in the mid-1960s with the creation of the UK’s first gastro-pub, the Royal Oak, in Yattendon, Berkshire, in 1971 hospitality pioneer David Levin went on to launch The Capital, in Knightsbridge. A ‘grand hotel in miniature’, this iconic establishment quickly became the blueprint for the future of boutique properties in the UK and beyond. David still runs the hotel to this day alongside his daughter Kate.

The Review

Strolling a very short distance indeed from Knightsbridge station past the throngs of people who have journeyed to this fashionable part of London, you realise just how enviable the location of this hotel is. I’m greeted by a lovely behatted fellow as I skip up the steps and into The Capital Hotel. Up in the room things are remarkably quiet and the fruits and nibbles are more than enough to keep you tied over until tea time. As any self respecting hotel in this part of town, they do a mean afternoon tea. The scones are still warm from the oven, the cream is thick and the jam is lush. A host of good old English favorite sandwiches and cakes follow, some with a twist on some like the salmon crumpets.  

If you’re not too tired from your ascent of the many floors of wonder at Harrods, then go for a walk, (or run!) around Hyde Park which is just over the road. Just make sure you’ve worked up an appetite before dining at Outlaw’s, one of the finest fish restaurants around and fully deserving of its Michelin star. The man behind the food is Nathan Outlaw, who spends his time equally between the restaurant at The Capital and another of the same name in Cornwall at the St. Enodoc Hotel. In addition to having an incredibly trendy surname name perfect for naming restaurants, Nathan is one of Britain’s most acclaimed seafood chefs
 

Location

The Capital Hotel

  • Address: 22-24 Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1AT
  • Travel info: 45 minutes from Heathrow airport on the underground, 15 minutes from St Pancras Station Eurostar Terminal

Key Features

  • Butler Service

  • Free Wifi

  • Car Parking

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Bar

  • Restaurant