A compact Knightsbridge hotel with all the sumptuousness and service of a rare five-star, but much more intimate and personal. Within high-heeled range of Harrods, The Capital is a real family affair, founded by David Levin and still run by his daughter Kate. From the moment you encounter the concierge team, headed by the renowned Clive Smith (aka Superman), you know you’re staying somewhere special, where every element of the hotel is fine-tuned, beautifully presented and perfect. In the dining room, Michelin-starred Outlaw’s at The Capital, Nathan Outlaw and head chef Tom Brown create an ever-changing menu of dishes, while one of London’s great barmen, Cesar Da Silva, presides over the elegant Capital Bar. Roomy and cosseting, the 49 bedrooms are decorated in classic, elegant style and have superlative beds and marble bathrooms. If you prefer your luxury English and understated, then The Capital is for you. Doubles from £315.
Name to Know: Cesar Da Silva, The Capital’s resident whisky expert and youngest UK Keeper of the Quaich. Ask him what it is that makes a Davidstow Cheddar work so well with a dram of Aberlour whisky.
See: Explore the beautiful Chelsea Physic Garden, nestled next to the Thames the garden is a little micro-climate and one of London’s oldest Botanic Gardens.
Eat: British and Irish oysters, paired with a unique range of drinks from a Smoked Vodka cocktail to sparkling Camel Valley wine, in one of Head Chef Tom Brown’s monthly Oyster Masterclasses.
Buy: You can shop until you drop thanks to The Capital’s Knightsbridge location just steps from Harrods, the hotel have also paired up with many local boutiques to offer guests a little extra.
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