Located in the vault of a former bank,
below the HRC store and adjacent to
the Hard Rock Cafe in London.
The Vault is not large, just one room
behind a twelve inch thick steel door,
but it is the rock and roll equivalent
of the candy store.
It is also touchy feely - which means
if you want to touch Keith Richards'
guitar or wear Bob Dylan's hat or try
Jerry Lee's boots - you can. if you
want to hold Jimi Hendrix's guitar that's
worth millions you can and you can play
it too (hopefully if you know how).
The only thing that is missing is a
bloody great Marshall amp to plug it
Our guide Jimmy looked like he had
just left the Hell's Angels but he was
a really nice guy and informative about
the collection. A fan's fan.
But try steeling his prize exhibits
and I think the steel door will shut
on you - and if you make it to the stairs,
he will be calling his former mates
to come and sort you out !
In the Vault
Jimi Hendrix's custom guitar
reputedly played at the Isle of Wight.
This is a must-visit rock museum.
It was revamped in 2008 so there may be different memorabilia. And it's free and open every day - courtesy of HRC.