The Capital

César award in 2008

On a quiet street in fashionable Knightsbridge, a smiling doorman greets guests at this traditional stone and red brick town house hotel; past the threshold, the small lobby has fresh flowers, paintings and a grand fireplace. The hotel has been owned by David Levin for more than 40 years; his daughter Kate is the manager. Individually decorated with classic English fabrics, antiques and artwork, the elegant bedrooms vary in size and decor; each has a customisable minibar, and a marble bathroom with oversized bathrobes. Some of the smaller rooms, ideal for a single traveller, have been refurbished this year. In the intimate Outlaw’s at The Capital restaurant, chef Nathan Outlaw has a Michelin star for his ‘outstanding’ modern dishes. He specialises in seafood, but well-considered vegetarian options (pickled vegetable and cheddar tart, fennel and apple salad; crispy hen egg, sprouting broccoli, crispy capers) are available as well. ‘The staff were very good, even finding out where the butter was sourced.’ Whisky tastings with long-serving barman Cesar da Silva, are taken in the bar. David Levin also owns The Levin, next door (see entry). The Capital is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.
  • Capital offers old fashioned London hospitality with exceptional cuisine. This is an intimate luxury hotel where the team cultivates a strong relationship with each and every guest. Its restaurant is run by one of the most talented chefs in the country in Nathan Outlaw whose 2 star restaurant in Cornwall is famed for his exceptional seafood. The hotel is also ideally located to enjoy the shopping in Knightsbridge and easy to access without enduring too much west end traffic.’

    Neil Kedward, 21/01/2016

  • We had dinner in Nathan Outlaw's restaurant in the Capital. Outstanding, with a bottle of Mr Levin's Sauvignon to wash it down. The staff were very good, even finding out where the butter was sourced! Mr Levin sets high standards.

    Robert and Shirley Lyne, 11/03/2013

  • Light wood-panelled dining room with eye-catching prints. Comprehensive wine list. Tables well spaced. Service almost too attentive. Meal good but not exceptional.

    RG, 20/11/2011

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Local attractions

Harrods
One of the most famous department stores in the world.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The world's largest museum of decorative arts and design.
Natural History Museum
Home to over 70 million different specimens, including dinosaur and blue whale skeletons.

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Contact Details

The Capital

22--24 Basil Street, London KNIGHTSBRIDGE England SW3 1AT

Telephone

020 7589 5171

Further Information

Bedrooms

49.

Open

all year (restaurant closed Sun).

Facilities

lift, sitting room, bar, restaurant, brasserie/bar next door, free Wi-Fi, access to nearby health club/spa, only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music

'relaxing', at low volume, in public rooms sometimes.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

small dogs, on request.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2015] room only £245--£355, B&B (continental) £265--£373. À la carte £55 (plus 12½% discretionary service charge).