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You can now hang out at Jimi Hendrix's old pad in Mayfair

Chris Waywell

How many guitarists does it take to change a lightbulb? Eleven. One to change it, and ten to stand there going: 'I could do that.' It's hard to imagine the crown prince of interstellar psychedelia ever being that domestic, but we do know that the man who wrote 'The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice' got his curtains at John Lewis. When Jimi Hendrix lived at 23b Brook Street in Mayfair, in 1968, he kitted out his pad from your mum's favourite Oxford Street department store. The composer George Frideric Handel had lived next door in the 1700s, and when Hendrix discovered this, he decently went out and bought some Handel recordings. Now, after a £2.4 million renovation, Hendrix's flat has been restored as it was when he lived there, and this week it opens to the public for the first time as part of a museum dedicated to the two great musicians. Take a stroll around and you can picture Hendrix there, getting high, kissing the sky and changing the odd lightbulb, while rocking out to 'The Water Music'.

Handel & Hendrix in London, 25 Brook St, W1K 4HB. Opens Wed Feb 10.

See some rare pictures of Jimi Hendrix by Eddie Kramer

Or read up on 11 legendary recording studios in London


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