This popular global cafe chain got its start in London in 1971, where Eric Clapton’s Lead II Fender now sits as the first ever piece of memorabilia donated to the Hard Rock Café. This particular café now contains an incredibly extensive rock and roll collection, with the most valuable pieces housed in the café’s museum, otherwise known as the Vault. Hard Rock staff members provide free tours of the Vault, which contains items from Jimi Hendrix, The Who and the Beatles, among others.
In addition to the music memorabilia and rock and roll ambience, there is traditional dining here with American food, a shop to explore and occasional live shows.
If taking the underground, the closest station is Green Park, where you can exit north and walk along Piccadilly to Hyde Park Corner. The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., on Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m. and on Sunday until 10:30 p.m. The Vault museum is open Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.