That red guitar above the bar at Hard Rock?
He used to pop in to the bar here after a long recording session locally, keen for a drink or two and a chat with the friendly bar staff. Back then, Hard Rock was a little slice of Americana in the heart of Mayfair, perfectly placed for acts recording in the studios on Curzon Street and beyond.
One night, so the legend goes, Clapton asked if there was any way he could reserve a seat....and the next day brought a guitar in to seal the deal! The rest is history.
I've been to many a Hard Rock cafe in my time, knowing it's always a great spot for a decent burger, a great cocktail, and some interesting decor. Last week I was invited along to try something a little different that the brand is launching here in London - bottomless brunches with mimosas and bloody Marys on tap, and live music as the soundtrack to your Sunday morning.
Being one of the first patrons to arrive gave me loads of time for pictures! I even beat the band to their spot.
As I'd gone along to the brunch solo, I was kindly invited to join Sarah from the brand and a few of her guests. I so enjoyed hearing more about the Hard Rock Cafe and the wider brand. Her stories about the memorabilia were hilarious and hugely informative - did you know the largest item given to their collection is a BUS from the Beatles? Crazy.
As we were both their bright and early, Sarah offered to take me over the road to the Hard Rock store, to have a peek in the vault.
The shop is situated in a building that was Coutts bank, before they moved to the Strand. So the vault is a real vault - check the doors! The Queen used to store some of her 'everyday' jewels down here.
The view from the doorway - there's a huge door with bars usually in the foreground of this shot. But not when you're taking a tour with the lovely Sarah, who has access to the key! I had a total music geek moment being surrounded by so much memorabilia as we stepped in for a proper look around.
There were so many items, from a massive array of artists.
I loved the wall outside the vaults too - so many famous faces and a wonderful testament to a much loved brand.
By the time we returned to the office, the band were in full swing. They were absolutely cracking, playing lots of softer rock and pop - perfect for a Sunday morning.
We settled down to the first of many coffees and took a good look at the menu.
Sarah was enjoying a Bloody Mary (I loved that you could mix and match your accoutrements!), while I sipped a refreshing mojito.
The brunch options are comprised of three platter options, and you can select as many or as few as you desire. I skipped the bagels and pancakes option as that many carbs in the morning sends me straight back to bed! Instead we enjoyed the meaty platter, with sausages, chicken and waffle, bacon, potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms and beans. Perfect for having lots of little bits and bobs and mixing it up.
We also split this veggie and cheese tortilla, which was so nice as a vegetarian option.
I had a lovely time eating, drinking, listening to tunes and chatting to some lovely people. What a great start to a sunny Sunday. Thank you so much to Hard Rock London for their hospitality!
Disclaimer: as mentioned above, I was invited to review the brunch and received my meal for free. All opinions and fangirl glee at going to go into the vault are mine and mine alone.