Set to open in 2018, the new hotel will boast 900 rooms and views over Hyde Park.

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London is getting its first Hard Rock Hotel.

Set to open in 2018, the new hotel will boast 900 rooms and views over Hyde Park.

Situated at the junction of Marble Arch and Oxford Street, where the Cumberland Hotel currently stands, the new joint venture between Hard Rock International and glh Hotels will see the existing building radically refurbished.

"From our foundation in 1971 with the opening of the first Hard Rock Cafe in London to the many days and nights spent at the legendary Hard Rock Calling festival in Hyde Park, London has always been a special city as the birthplace of our brand," says Hamish Dodds, chief executive officer at Hard Rock International.

"We look forward to completing the circle and establishing the Hard Rock Hotel in London, a legendary musical city that brought the greatest styles of rock to the world stage," he adds. 

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