The Back Room Bar

A few weeks ago we ventured to the Hard Rock Cafe for the first time. Beforehand though, we popped into the Back Room Bar, located at 148b Old Park Lane, Mayfair. Not sure where that street is, it’s just around the corner from the Hard Rock. The first time I visited this place I didn’t know it was part of the Hard Rock Cafe.  Not sure how I missed that considering the ceiling.


This place is located near Hyde Park. On occasion when we are out exploring we’ve found this is an excellent place to stop for a drink or two to warm up on a cold winter day. And in the summer, what’s more refreshing than a beer? Okay, I don’t really need an excuse to go.

Have one too many? Why not take a nap.

Have one too many? Why not take a nap.

One of the things we really like is that they usually have a football game on the telly.

I loved that the young man was included in the boys day out.

I loved that the young man was included in the boys day out.

A few weeks ago we asked them to put a rugby match on and the bartender obliged. That’s the second aspect that I love about this place. The staff is always super friendly. The Back Room serves pizzas and we hear they are tasty, however, we have not sampled them ourselves. Now that I’m thinking of that, another visit is in order to try one. Surprisingly, the prices on the menu aren’t that expensive considering the neighborhood.

If you don’t want to watch football don’t fret, there’s plenty to take in. The walls are adorned with posters and music memorabilia.



And if you forgot a book to read, head to the loo. There’s plenty of writing on the walls to keep you entertained.


Considering the doors you might think the toilet is not the cleanest. Actually it’s not too bad.


This is right outside the toilets.

This is right outside the toilets.


We’ve only visited this place during the day. Now I’m wondering what the atmosphere is like at night on a Friday or Saturday. Yup, more research is needed. If you are in the neighborhood and want to relax for a bit from sightseeing I highly recommend this little gem. I give it 4.5 stars our of 5.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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29 Responses to The Back Room Bar

  1. been to a Hard Rock Cafe in TO but never one so exotic as this

  2. Have never heard of this bar, looks like fun!

  3. Guilezilla says:

    I like the toilet doors. 😉 And I love that they show football. Also, I like the ceilings ad the various posters. Damn, I wish I was in London. (This is in London, right?)

  4. niasunset says:

    WOW! The decoration is amazing… Thank you, dear TBM, have a nice weekend, love, nia

  5. aFrankAngle says:

    4.5 … wow … in that land of pubs, this must be a real gem!

  6. Beth Ann says:

    Wow–this place looks amazing!! The bathroom doors alone would be worth the trip! 🙂

  7. restlessjo says:

    Bags me the chaise longue and you can have the footie! I’ll look out for it next time I’m down that way.

  8. Carol says:

    Looks like a fun place.

  9. That is a great old fainting sofa!

  10. Ericaceouss says:

    This place is so gorgeous! Wish I could be there to take pictures!

  11. lynnsbooks says:

    Really great pics – having trouble though in imagining – you, in a bar!…..
    Lynn 😀

  12. The Hook says:

    Good luck with the research!

  13. Fergiemoto says:

    I did not know about that bar, and I’ve been to that Hard Rock also. I’ll have to remember that if I return, especially if you give it a 4.5.

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