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Hard Rock Cafe - Definitely worth an encore!
Hardrock Cafe (London)
Member Name: martinjones22
Hardrock Cafe (London)
Advantages: Gorgeous food, plethora of memorabilia, the vault is fantastic!
Disadvantages: Quite expensive, busy
As part of our London holiday me and my girlfriend visited the Hard Rock Cafe - a Rock 'n' Roll themed restaurant. The first thing to note is that the Hard Rock Cafe does not take reservations as such, however if you visit the website a 'PX' can be booked - this allows you to bypass the queues and get the next available table. This is a must, because the queue was big as we arrived and word is that waiting times can be up to 90 minutes long!
We were seated problem and our waiter was very friendly, telling us about the history of the building and of the cafe generally. Regarding food, we shared a Chicken Quesadilla (a lot like a Fajita) for a starter and for main my girlfriend had a burger while i had a club sandwich. Holly seemed to enjoy her burger, and my sandwich was absolutely gorgeous, and the sheer size of it made for a fantastic picture; it was absolutely massive! We were too full for pudding, and one starter two main courses and three drinks came to around £42. It was slightly expensive but worth it, there is a huge amount of memorabilia on the walls and the cafe has a nice atmosphere.
After we finished our meal we went next door to the shop and asked about visiting "The Vault"; this turned out to be one of the most enjoyable parts of our holiday! 'The Vault' - formerly Queen Victoria's bank vault - houses a lot of rare Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia! John Lennon's hand written lyrics, Jimi Hendrix's Guitar, Kurt Cobain's signed Guitar and Madonna's leotard are just a few of the rare objects in the vault; its absolutely fascinating and so good to see such important and sought after objects. After the tour of the small but jam packed vault, you are offered an opportunity to sit on Jimi Hendrix's bench and have some pictures with signed guitars; i chose a signed Oasis guitar and my girlfriend chose a signed Gene Simmons guitar. This was a lot of fun, the pictures were available for £10 each and while this is quite expensive it was a once in a lifetime opportunity so we got some pictures. To be fair, the pictures are of a very high quality!
The Hard Rock Cafe was brilliant, and definitely worth a visit! It definitely pays to put a bit of time in before hand to be able to bypass the queue, and anyone who goes to the Hard Rock Cafe really really should visit 'The Vault',a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Summary: Great food, great staff, great experience!
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