The music industry is collapsing, brought to its knees by arrogance, mismanagement and a profound failure to deal with 21st-century challenges. But stepping through the doors of the Hard Rock Café, you’d think the old business was in the rudest of health. You’d also think it was 1983: the walls are lined with gold records (remember records?), and glass-fronted cabinets proudly display such consecrated treasures as a bass guitar once cradled by Felix Pappalardi of Mountain. Only the prices bring you back to the future. The relative absence of British accents tells its own story. The food is exactly as you might expect: garish cocktails; mammoth plates of nachos; and burgers, which are actually pretty good. The relentlessly enthusiastic staff aren’t shy about directing you to the shop over the road, where yet more rock relics sit alongside dazzlingly expensive T-shirts and other take-home ephemera.
Hard Rock Café
|Venue name:||Hard Rock Café||Contact:|
150 Old Park Lane
|Opening hours:||Meals served 11.30am-12.30am Mon-Thur, Sun; 11am-1am Fri, Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Green Park or Hyde Park Corner tube|
|Do you own this business?|