When visiting London #TeamCoco has a check list of things to do and places to visit, so a central location is the number one priority for a hotel stay. We can safely say that we ventured to quite possibly the best London location yet, and just a stones throw from Harrods.
The Capital Hotel, a 5 star townhouse situated on Basil Street is filled with charm and character and it couldn’t be better placed for a dash around all the high-end shops in Knightsbridge.
The Capital’s welcome is second to none with the concierge team opening doors, greeting with happy genuine smiles, and all heavy luggage being whisked away to your room. We knew this would be a great night in the capital city.
“To the sixth floor” said the concierge who escorted #TeamCoco writer, Rachel McAlley to her Superior Junior Suite for the night. The door opened to a very British hotel suite, with comfy sofas, easy chairs, dining table, and drinks facilities. There were flowers adorning the cushions, and calming pastel colours across the furniture, it was a suite to relax in.
The bedroom boasted a king sized bed with plenty of pillows and Egyptian cotton bedlinen (our fave), a dresser with ornate woodwork, and an old fashioned writing bureau filled with postcards, uber cool books about London and exotic far away places, plus lots of contemporary magazines to enjoy.
With two bathrooms, the main being grand in size with large bath and wicked bath pillows, and the second being a smaller shower room, perfect for a quick pre-shop shower. Both contained a myriad of exciting toiletries, which as you know #TeamCoco relish in. It took minutes to unpack, redo hair and makeup, a couple of selfie’s in the bedroom and we were off.
Back to reception to confirm the evening’s booking at Michelin Starred Outlaw’s at The Capital, the hotel’s very own Michelin Star restaurant. Only a few hours left to shop, it was time to hand in the room key and enjoy the 30-second walk to the world’s most famous department store.
Back at the hotel post-shop and the bath was soon filled with the luxury in-room Temple Spa products and complimentary bath salts, it was time to relax in style.
The hotel bar was buzzing with atmosphere upon arrival, a quaint and inviting area, with an excellent selection of drinks, including a rather enticing cocktail menu and a vast collect of Whisky. With just a few tables and lots of bar stools it’s an intimate bar, which means it fills quickly and easily. The restaurant team presented the menus for Outlaw’s at The Capital, and it was a mouthwatering read.
In the lift of the hotel there was a notice which stated; ‘Masterminded by Nathan Outlaw and Head Chef Tom Brown, who source the freshest and best seafood from fishermen they know. They let the ingredients take centre stage and menus showcase an array of original and creative seafood dishes.’ Excited much, oh yes we were!
Dinner was served. Homemade bread rolls (made by Nathan Outlaw’s father) were served and excellent starters including; Red Wine Braised Octopus and Lobster Risotto. The risotto was ‘amaze’, with the addition of orange segments and fresh strips of basil, making it super fresh and light.
The house wine, Levin was poured at the table to enjoy with each course. A light and fruity white, perfect to accompany each delicate fish dish.
Main courses comprised Turbot with oyster, smoked hollandaise and leeks, and this was the best cooked piece of fish we have ever had the pleasure to eat. The second main, John Dory with Porthilly sauce and cabbage. Compliments had to be sent to the chef for the most flavoursome Porthilly sauce we have ever tasted. Seriously good flavours.
Desserts included; Ginger Custard Tart served with rhubarb sorbet and jam, plus a plate of British cheeses, which arrived with homemade pickled celery, homemade chutney and melt-in-the-mouth treacle crackers. Yes, simply divine treacle crackers!
The staff that took care of #TeamCoco in the restaurant were knowledgeable, relaxed, easy to talk to, and full of laughter. It was a pleasure dining in a Michelin Star restaurant where the atmosphere was electric.
An excellent night’s sleep was had, followed by early morning TV, and breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. The bar was taken over with a delicious array of breakfast goodies from pastries to yoghurts, and cereal to fruit. The poached eggs were good, but the table opposite opted for a full English and secretly there was #TeamCoco food envy!
All in all this hotel is stunning. The service is second to none, the staff know exactly what they are doing and how to do it right, the rooms are exceptionally presented, the location is prime, and the food served at Outlaw’s at The Capital is outstanding. We’ll be back.
#TeamCoco was hosted by The Capital, a member of the Pride of Britain Hotels collection. Located moments from Harrods, the five-star boutique hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant Outlaw’s at The Capital and sumptuous interiors. An overnight stay costs from £295 per room (two sharing). The room reserved for #TeamCoco was a Superior Junior Suite and priced at £510. Dinner at Outlaw’s was priced at £62 for a 3-course meal (per person). Call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929 to find out more, alternatively log on to the website at http://www.prideofbritainhotels.com.