Previously the Handel House Museum, this pair of Mayfair townhouses has 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, meanwhile, was where rock legend Jimi Hendrix lived between 1968 and 1969. Its upper floors have recently been returned to their original state using archive photos and films, and 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).
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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.