Handel & Hendrix in London

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Handel & Hendrix in London
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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).


Venue name: Handel & Hendrix in London
Address: 25
Brook Street
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. 


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. 


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.


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!


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.