Please note that the Hendrix flat does not open until February 10 2016.
Previously the Handel House Museum, this pair of Mayfair townhouses have been home to two huge (but very different) giants from the music world. The house at Number 25 that served as Handel's home between 1723 and his death in 1759, where he composed his 'Messiah', 'Music for the Royal Fireworks' and several operas, is a museum devoted to the composer's life and work, presented in the context of the London he knew. Number 23 was where rock legend Jimi Hendrix lived between 1968 and 1969, and its upper floors have recently been returned to their original state using archive photos and films. Visitors can explore the site in which Hendrix penned some of his best-loved songs as well as admiring photos of the home during the 60s and Hendrix's acoustic guitar. Music-inspired family activities, lectures and concerts are a regular feature of the museum's current programme, with talks taking place on Saturday afternoons on subjects including costumes, paintings, music and London in the eighteenth century. Tickets can be bought for just the Handel House or just the Hendrix Flat at a reduced rate (£7.50/£3).