The Capital Bar

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Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Capital Bar

Silver Award

A ‘boutique hotel’ long before the term was widely understood, The Capital has been refreshing Knightsbridge’s beau monde since 1971 in its timeless, snug bar. It’s the ideal spot for a post-Harrods flop; settle in for a gossip over oysters and Laurent-Perrier Champagne, or anything from Coravin-kept house Loire wines to haute Burgundy (a 2008 Bâtard-Montrachet, at around £100 for two glasses). A noon-until-late menu offers classic Belgravia feel-good food: smoked salmon with horseradish yoghurt and shaved fennel; sirloin steak with béarnaise butter, watercress and chips; chicken Caesar salad; and lemon pavlova or chocolate fondant tart to finish. Service can be ditzy, but The Capital’s English afternoon tea is something of a Knightsbridge bargain, as are well-known cocktails such as Rob Roy, Jack Rose, Between The Sheets, and Bay Breeze. House ideas, for instance a Vodka Martini made with pineapple juice, banana and banana liqueur, are similarly capital.


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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Bars, British, Cheese, Hotel Bars, Steak, Vegetarian, Wine Bars
Cool, Cosy, Dark and moody, Fine dining, Fun, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Quirky, Romantic, Themed, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


One of London's original boutique hotels, The Capital has been delighting guests with its quirky interiors and quintessential British style. This five star hotel is understandably still red hot, not only thanks to an outstanding reputation for service and comfort, but also its proximity to Belgravia, Knightsbridge and all that entails (we dare say that many guests at The Capital also make the short walk to Harrods at some point during their stay). 

As well as the well-regarded Restaurant at The Capital, the hotel also boasts The Capital Bar - a striking space that serves as a place for hotel guests to relax and have a drink, as well as a destination bar for the city. The centrepiece of the room is undoubtedly the shimmering metal bar, which has an almost pearlescent quality to it. Whether it's the patterned blue carpets and upholstery or the modern artwork on the walls, The Capital Bar is a unique space that's perfect if you're looking for a bar to impress your guests. 

As you'd expect from The Capital, the drinks menu is extensive and features everything from a well-stocked spirits cupboard to bottled beers, soft drinks and a range of classic and signature cocktails. The Capital Bar's mixologists can whip up any classic cocktail you request, but there are also some house mixes worth trying, including the Smoked Negroni (Tanqueray 10, Antica Formula, Campari smoked with rosemary and coffee beans) and the Capital (Grey Goose, Cocchi Torino Vermouth, lemon, blanc de blanc). The Capital Bar also offers a sizeable, global wine list. 

If you get peckish, there's also a menu of bar snacks and nibbles that includes padron peppers with sherry vinegar and smoked salt, a charcuterie board and a selection of arancini. Or you can book yourself into the restaurant next door.

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The Capital Hotel, 22-24 Basil Street, Belgravia, London, SW3 1AT

020 7589 5171 020 7589 5171


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-22:30
Tue 12:00-22:30
Wed 12:00-22:30
Thu 12:00-22:30
Fri 12:00-22:30
Sat 12:00-22:30
Sun 12:00-22:30


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