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Handel & Hendrix in London

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Handel & Hendrix in London
Venue says Separated by a wall and two hundred years are the homes of two musicians who chose London and changed music.

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A musical museum set in the London homes of Jimi Hendrix and George Frideric Handel.

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Handel & Hendrix in London says
In a single street in London, separated by a wall, are the homes of two of history’s most significant musical artists: George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix.

25 Brook Street is the house that belonged to Handel and the place where he composed some of the world’s most enduring Baroque music, such as Zadok the Priest, Music for the Royal Fireworks and Messiah. Visit the rooms where he ate, slept, rehearsed and entertained in a modest mid-terraced house for the last 36 years of his life and understand the man behind these incredible works.

On the top floor of 23 Brook Street is the flat where, two centuries later, Jimi Hendrix lived with his girlfriend, record player and guitar from 1968-69. Step back in time to 60s London and visit the room where he slept, partied, worked and relaxed.

Both were the homes of musical innovators who chose London and changed music. See them together under one roof at Handel & Hendrix in London.

Guided Tours: one hour-long tours with our expert volunteers run at 2pm & 3.30pm every Friday. Included with general admission.

Baroque rehearsals: If you come to Handel House from 11.30am-1.30pm on Wednesdays, and 11.30am-1.30pm or 2.00pm-4.00pm on Saturdays you will be guaranteed the chance to listen to a live Baroque rehearsal in Handel’s Music Room.

We also have an active events programme featuring concerts, talks, guitar lessons & late-night openings.
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Venue name: Handel & Hendrix in London
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Address: 25
Brook Street
Mayfair
London
W1K 4HB
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.00am-6.00pm Sun Closed
Transport: Tube: Bond Street/Oxford Circus
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I went to the Handel and Hendrix House midweek and was treated to having the place almost to myself, apart from some musicians who were practising for an upcoming event. The Handel section of the museum provides a simple recreation of the four rooms that Handel would have lived and worked in. Information about the furniture, paintings and instruments is detailed in room guides and the volunteers in each room were more than happy to answer questions and provide information too. The Hendrix section of the museum is comprised of an exhibit room with videos, photos and quotes to read. Then there is a recreation of his bedroom with a room guide that provides background information on nearly everything in the room. The museum is a good size, only taking about an hour to go through and it’s very interesting to see how much contrast there was in the living situations of two successful musicians living 200 years apart and next door to each other. 

tastemaker

Where else but in London could you find a house that was rented both by Handel and by Hendrix, albeit it a few hundred years apart.  This museum is great and you get free entry with a National Art Pass.  Any fans of either Handel or Hendrix should visit.  It's also a great house which will appeal to those who have an interest in architecture. 

Tastemaker

2 legend mucisians' houses sit one next to the other. Handel & Hendrix Museum pays tribute to Jimmy Hendrix & baroque composer George Frideric Handel. 2 squeezy houses used to be the London home of these 2 musicians lived in completely different times. The excibitions are quite small and you just need about an hour to go through everything, but if you are fan on any of these two great musicians, then give it a go.

tastemaker

As most people, I like the song Hey Joe, but this is the only song you will hear during all your visit of Jimmy Hendrix old flat, and it can drive you crazy.


The Jimmy Hendrix exhibition is really small, and the only room they recreated as in time is the bedroom.


The Jimmy Hendrix part may be deceiving, but a floor below, you change time to arrive in Handel’s house; the visit starts getting way more interesting, driven by costumed guides and if you are lucky, even a harpsichord player!


I would recommend going there just thanks to the Handel’s place!

tastemaker

The Handel and Hendrix Museum is a lovely place to visit. As part of the re-opening of Jimi Hendrix's flat, the Handel House Trust proposes to explore the lives of two artists who marked the history of music 200 years apart. Part of both flats have been faithfully re-constructed - especially Jimi Hendrix's bedroom where we have the impression he is still living in there. The staff is lovely, attentive and very easy to speak to. This small museum is a great alternative to the big museums in London. 


It was a lovely home and everyone working there was very friendly and helpful. It is a small museum featuring replica rooms with period furniture and paintings, it is worth popping in for a short visit if you are a fan of either Handel or Hendrix. However, if you are a fan then your visit will add little to your understanding of either of the musicians, but the restoration is done well and while my visit was brief it was enjoyable. What made the visit special was listening to a musician play Handel on the harpsichord in one of the rooms - a nice bit of escapism into the world of Handel and Hendrix. 


I went to Handel House with my boyfriend to see a performance. If you are a Handel fan, like him, you are in your element here. Me, not being a Handel fan, appreciated the beautiful house and lovely things inside it.