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Back in 1971, the world’s first Hard Rock Cafe opened in Mayfair London and rapidly turned one of many hottest locations on the town for rock stars to hang around and even carry out impromptu gigs.

Today they’ve tons of of venues world wide with wonderful music memorabilia held on the partitions, however that is the one the place it began.

Just throughout the street from the long-lasting burger restaurant’s 150 Old Park Lane location is the Rock Shop, the place there’s a hidden gem discovered within the basement.

Located in an previous Coutts financial institution’s decrease ranges with heavy protected doorways is The Vault, which was as soon as used to guard the late Queen’s coffers.

Behind a locked barred cell door is a treasure trove of non-public possessions as soon as owned by the likes of Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix. So Express.co.uk headed all the way down to see what all of the fuss was about.

The free tour (sure it truly is free) is guided by a extremely knowledgable member of employees who tells the tales behind the guitars, clothes and different gadgets as soon as owned by rock’s greatest stars.

Getting up shut and private (with pictures allowed afterwards), highlights included a “1000 year old Ming Dynasty chair” from Freddie Mercury’s Garden Lodge dwelling, a coat owned and worn by Elvis Presley, Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour bustier and the guitar Jimi Hendrix performed on the Isle of Wight Festival which is insured for over £4 million.

Other axes options are people who have been owned and performed by the likes of Bob Dylan, Glen Matlock, Bob Dylan, Gene Simmons, Brian May, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Eric Clapton and Slash.

In truth, the Guns N’ Roses’ guitar sits proper by the outfit the latter wore within the November Rain music video.

Among the Beatles memorabilia are a pair of John Lennon’s glasses and his US Army jacket he wore all through the Nineteen Seventies throughout peace concert events.

Then there’s the harpsichord the Fab Four used to file All You Need Is Love and Lucy within the Sky with Diamonds at Abbey Road Studios.

And if that wasn’t sufficient, authentic handwritten lyrics and signatures of all of the 4 members of the band are on show and you may have a photograph taken on a pew sat on by Ringo Starr himself.

Hard Rock Cafe’s The Vault is open without cost excursions Mon-Sun from 1-9pm, each 15-20 minutes with no reserving required.