Last Friday I shared some photos of unusual sites you can see in London. This past Saturday we did a typical tourist thing. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe in London. The waiter informed us that the HRC in London was the first one. Two Americans, Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, founded it in 1971. It wasn’t until 1979 when the cafe started hanging rock and roll memorabilia on their walls. According to their website, Eric Clapton wanted to reserve his favorite seat so he handed over his Red Fender Lead II guitar to mark his spot. This guitar started the whole memorabilia collection. I would like to apologize. I tried getting a photo of the guitar but I was sitting on the opposite side of the restaurant and there was a large crowd in the bar, where it now hangs. Here’s a photo of John Lennon’s guitar.
I have two warnings about the Hard Rock. First, it’s pricy. The Better Half and I shared the appetizer combo and there was enough to feed both of us for the night. This turned out to be a good deal. My second warning is that usually there is a wait. We popped in during the England rugby match so there wasn’t much of a wait.
When we left, there was a line outside and it was cold and windy. If there was a line when we arrived neither one of us would have opted to stay.
Now that the warnings are out of the way I have to say we had a good time. The appetizers were pretty decent. Mostly I enjoyed gawking at all of the memorabilia.
Also they played a ton of old rock and roll videos on the TVs. It was a fun trip down memory lane. Not sure I would go back, unless some guests wanted to go, but it was worth a visit. And now that I know that it’s the original Hard Rock, well that’s just cool.