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London’s first Hard Rock Hotel will have Freddie Mercury’s childhood piano

Music fans looking for a place to stay in London can now check out the first Hard Rock Hotel in the UK – and see incredible pieces of music history like Freddie Mercury’s piano or a letter by Buddy Holly. 

The first Hard Rock Hotel is opening in London. Image by Hard Rock Hotel London

Hard Rock Cafes are a staple in cities around the world, but the brand was born in London. Now, the new hotel will have 900 rooms, a lounge, bars and a Hard Rock Cafe. The cafe will have 370 seats and there will be daily live music performances that celebrate London artists and international performers. 

Inside the new Hard Rock Hotel. Image by Hard Rock Hotel London

There’s also a lot of memorabilia that documents London’s music history sprinkled throughout the hotel. This includes the Kirkwood piano that Freddie Mercury practised on as a teenager and a letter written in 1958 by Buddy Holly, who stayed at the hotel that became the Hard Rock Hotel London. For music-loving guests, there are plenty of offers and amenities, including the ability to reserve a Fender guitar at the front desk that you can listen to with headphones, or a Crosley turntable so you can listen to tunes in your room. There are also other ways to relax, like an in-room yoga program. 

The Hard Rock Hotel in London is the first in the city. Image by Hard Rock Hotel London

The new hotel will bring together the Hard Rock Cafe concept with the hotel and the Rock Shops, where visitors can buy merchandise. The new hotel is located on the corner of Oxford Street at Marble Arch.