Hard Rock Cafe, London

4 out of 5 stars 31 Reviews

150 Old Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1QZ +44 20 7514 1700
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    HARD ROCK CAFE: The first of many

    by davidjo Written Nov 26, 2012

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    The first Hard Rock Cafe was opened in Old Park Lane in June 1971, with food normally on the menu at an American Diner with Rock and Roll music playing while you ate. Eric Clapton donated his Fender Guitar so he could reserve a seat at the bar and occasionally rock stars can be seen jamming here. The cafe has a very expensive collection of Rock Memorabelia , live music in the Basement Bar, and the Vault which used to house the Queen's coffers (money) has now been refurbished , containing the most valuable pieces of the collection.
    Across the road is the Rock Shop which sells rock related clothes which seemed quite expensive to me.
    The FOOD is expensive, burgers around £15, and sandwiches £10. I treated myself to the most expensive fish and chips i ever had costing £15, tasted excellent by the way, but on the whole it was a fare price to pay for visiting this original establishment.
    From a humble beginning there are now 175 cafes in 53 countries.

    the original cafe that started it all THE MENU ROCK SHOP

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    Hard Rock Cafe London: Don’t miss the Original HRC

    by MidgetPornstar Written May 5, 2011

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    Don’t pass up your chance to see the original Hard Rock. Ask for a tour of the Vault. They may even let you hold Jimmy Hendrix's guitar. Bad expensive American food but and amazing atmosphere

    Favorite Dish: Check out the mac and cheese

    HRC London Ask for a tour of the vault
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    Hard Rock Cafe: Great Sandwiches

    by needle-crafter Written Apr 8, 2011

    Have been to the branch in Paris years ago and never one on in London till Wednesday and was pleasantly surprised regarding the actual food. I loved it, I had the BBQ Pulled chicken with fries and it was so so yummy. Milk Shakes so good. The only thing I was not overly impressed with was the Dacquiry Cocktail, have had better one.

    If you like memorabilia of the rock error this is perfect for you. I was not impressed with some of the load music played on the screen but that is my personal choice

    The main shop also has a small free museum, with interesting stuff in it.

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    Hard Rock Cafe: Hard Rock Cafe - London was the Original

    by easyoar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Does a Hard Rock Cafe need much description? Well in case you haven't been in one, its basically a glorified burger bar with glorified prices. This is probably a slightly unfair description, but you get the idea.

    It is not uncommon to see reasonable queues trying to get in to the London HRC. The food itself is far from spectacular, but you can pass the time looking at the Rock memorabilia hanging on the walls .

    Mon - Thurs 11.30am - 12.00am
    Fri & Sat 11.30am - 1am
    Sun 11.30am - 11.30pm
    *Open daily for Breakfast from 8.00am - 11.00am
    Sun - Thurs 9.00am - 12.30am
    Fri & Sat 9.00am - 1am

    Favorite Dish: Now that would be a tough one!

    A Queue Waiting to enter London's Hard Rock Cafe

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    Hard Rock Cafe: Good Music, good food, good cocktails

    by LarsLous Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a spot, where you can eat in a super atmosphere. Rock music till your ears are screaming, american food and the walls full of souvenirs and items having belonged to the greatest rock stars.
    Jimmy's guitar, Ozzy's shoes, Jon's jacket etc.
    A place not to miss.

    Favorite Dish: California Club Sandwich

    Sophie and me

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    Hard Rock Cafe: Claustrophobic café with standard menu

    by glamourprincess Written May 28, 2009

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    Hard Rock Cafe is usually a safe choice for a casual, relaxed meal with rock tunes blasting the stereos. The London venue is located near the south east edge of Hyde Park and is easy to miss - the entrance is quite small and there are not any huge signs.
    It's definitely popular and you might have to wait a while to get a table, we were given pagers that were buzzing when our table was ready. The first floor is the bar area, very noisy - the music was LOUD! We were taken downstairs in the basement which felt a bit claustrophobic as the roof is really low, but at least you don't have to scream through your meal. The menu is standard, a little pricier than in the US but still affordable.

    Favorite Dish: Tex-mex such as fajitas is always a winner with the sizzling hot meat and fresh ingredients.
    And I love the desserts.. the icecream, cream, brownie-combo is delicious.

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    Hard rock cafe: Hard rock cafe

    by gugi66 Written Dec 23, 2008

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    A great place, alot of people, wonderful surroundings, great service, Coazy.

    I recomend this place

    Favorite Dish: Caramelized Onion, Mushroom & Swiss Burger
    Smothered with sweet caramelized onions and
    sautéed mushrooms. Topped with two slices
    of Swiss cheese. Served with a mound of
    seasoned French fries.

    Really goooooooood

    Hard rock cafe Hard rock cafe by night
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    Hard RockCafe LONDON: Great atmosphere, great food!

    by artbybec Updated Oct 24, 2007

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    This is the one that started it all. They say it was Eric Clapton who secured his favorite
    table by gifting the first guitar to be displayed. This started the Rock theme for this chain
    of restaurants. The dinning room is pretty active, it's not a place for those looking to have
    a quiet dinner.

    Favorite Dish: The food is really flavored. Meat lovers will not be dissapointed.
    While you are there, check out The Vault Rock 'n' Roll Museum.

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    Hard Rock Cafe: great burgers

    by domenicococozza Written Aug 18, 2007

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    The original ----- Hard Rock Cafe in London's West End is back in business after being completely renovated. The entire place gets packed day and night. Bookings are not possible so you wait in line with everybody else, but the wait is worth it. The whole place is filled with music memorabelia from Eric Clapton's Fender guitar, John Lennon's glasses to Keith Moon's jacket. This place really buzzes and the food is plentiful.

    Favorite Dish: Really simple - cheeseburger with fries and a side salad

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    Hard Rock Cafe: When I Need A Good Chili Fix

    by Ritaroni Updated Sep 19, 2006

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    Yes, I know, when you travel to Europe you should forget about eating American, but after a while you do yearn for something from back home. Hard Rock is definitely the place to go for that fix.

    Favorite Dish: Chili is very good here as are the burgers.

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    Hard Rock Cafe: American Food!

    by Krystynn Updated Aug 21, 2006

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    This Hard Rock Cafe, touted as the original of all HRC joints, was opened in London on June 14th, 1971, by two Americans who thought Europe should have a taste of good old authentic, American cooking... and flavored with a heavy dose of rock 'n' roll! Today, this place is the hang-out for the global tribe of rock 'n' roll yuppies, guppies and everyone else....

    Note: Try celebrating your birthday here and see what the HRC staff will do to you! We celebrated a fake birthday here once (some years back) all because we wanted a free brownie and balloons. The poor victim was a male friend of ours - who gamely faced the embarassment of having to stand atop the table whilst the HRC staff got everybody at the restaurant to sing 'Happy Birthday' to him! It took us a loooong while before we stepped foot into Hard Rock Cafe London again. Five long years to be exact!

    Favorite Dish: Everything here is nice from their delicious Fajitas to Cheeseburgers. My personal favorite is HRC's world famous Brownies (topped with a scoop of Haagen Daaz CHOCOLATE ice cream).

    Yours truly at the HRC London (before renovations)

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    Hard Rock Cafe: Dont forget to rock hard!

    by mirandagantt Written Jul 6, 2006

    The food is all american rockin charm. You cant go wrong eating here. There is always awsome music playing,its full of rock memorabilia from your favorite stars. Its very affordable to eat here as well. Rock On

    Favorite Dish: I personally dig the grilled chicken salad. I order that everytime i go there

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    Hard Rock Cafe: Was the Hard Rock Cafe worth our time...YES!

    by littlesam1 Updated Jul 7, 2005

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    So now the question is "Was it really worth our time to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe in London." Well if you have been following this Liverpool/London vacation of ours you will know the Beatles were a big part of why I wanted to take this trip. When we were seated, much to my pleasure, we were placed directly between the suits John Lennon and Paul McCartney wore in the early days of The Beatles. The food could have been terrible and I would still have left with a postive experience just for the chance to see the suits. And the food was OK. Typical Hard Rock food.

    John Lennons suit

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    Hard Rock Cafe: Good Fun, Okay food

    by SaraM19762001 Written Apr 9, 2005

    Like most people I went to the Hard Rock Cafe in London to purchase a t-shirts for family and friends back home. Like all Hard Rocks, I loved the music and memoribilia. Being to the first hard rock was also cool. I do recommend going to the vault/shop across the street to take a look. It's v.neat.

    Favorite Dish: I had chicken and mashed potatoes.

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    Hard Rock Cafe: Gotta get those city shirts

    by arkryger Written Apr 1, 2005

    Every city we go to that has a HardRock-we go to and collect souvenirs and catch a good sandwich. This waiter was so nice and he was from our home state of S. C. He was on a student visa for the summer. We loved the unusual sign in the window too!

    Favorite Dish: All the sandwiches and burgers are great! Expect to stay awhile-they are so busy at all of them-service takes awhile-but if you join the world club-you get 1st seating and discounts-also AAA gives 10% discount.

    Celebrating 50 years!

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