Handel & Hendrix London

Hidden on a single street in London are the homes of two of history’s most significant musical artists. Travel back in time to the worlds of baroque composer Handel and his legendary neighbour, Jimi Hendrix.

The London Pass The Handel & Hendrix Museum is a first of it's kind, bringing together two musical legends, connected by their homes in London's West End. Normally £10.00 - Included with London Pass

Explore the homes of Jimi Hendrix and George Frederic Handel with a trip to the Handel & Hendrix Museum. The museum aims to promote the historical background of the Baroque period through live music showcasing instruments of the era while highlighting the life and work of hit guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. It also explores the strong connection Hendrix and Handel shared due to their Brook Street residences.

Visit the Handel & Hendrix museum with The London Pass®

- Pay nothing at the door, simply show your pass.
- Learn about the extensive body of works of Handel and Jimi Hendrix and listen to samples of their work.
- Discover what life was like for Handel in the Baroque period, his move to London, his late-career success and venture through his final residence, 25 Brook Street.
- Explore the fascinating life of Jimi Hendrix, learn about his musical influences and life at 23 Brook Street, his final home.



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- About Handel & Hendrix Museum

- Handel & Hendrix Museum highlights

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- Make the most of your London Pass

- How to get there 



About Handel & Hendrix Museum

There aren’t many scenarios where you’d imagine a baroque composer inhabiting the same space as a rock and roll guitarist. The Handel & Hendrix does just that. Tucked away in Mayfair are the homes of two of history’s most significant musical artists, baroque composer, George Frederic Handel and legendary guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. Now, 25 Brook Street has been beautifully restored to look exactly as Handel would have kept it during his residency.  The Handel & Hendrix museum dedicated to highlighting the work of Handel, and the tropes of the period while diversifying their exhibitions with the music and life of Jimi Hendrix, who lived a couple of doors down at 23 Brook Street.

These two neighbours separated by 200 years have both highly contributed to their respective musical fields. Born in Germany, Handel accomplished a staggering 42 operas, 29 oratorios, over 120 sonatas, trios and duets, numerous arias, a wide selection of chamber music and ecclesiastical pieces, odes, serenatas and 16 organ concerti in his lifetime.

Handel’s move to London in 1723 also afforded him much success. It is said that Handel loved London as much as London loved him; a great deal. He continued his positive career in the capital, writing plays for the Queen’s Theatre and his first English language opera, Acis and Galatea, 1788. Handel was also incredibly fond of his Mayfair residence where he would reside until his death in 1759.

Roughly 200 years later, Brook Street welcomed yet another talent, Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was also very fond of his Mayfair residence, stating that it was his ‘first real home.’ Today 23 Brook Street has been meticulously restored to Hendrix’ fashion, down to the modish throws across his bed and a scallop shell ashtray angularly positioned on the bedside table.

Hendrix often titled as the greatest guitarist, often openly stated his appreciation for classical music, stating ‘I did Strauss and Wagner.’ Works by Bach inspired Hendrix to use the harpsichord in later recordings and music by Handel also featured in some of his albums.

The Handel House Museum first opened in 2001. The museum acquired the neighbouring building, and after the success of the temporary Hendrix exhibitions, decided to make the Hendrix museum a permanent fixture. Today the Handel & Hendrix museum has become a vibrant venue, celebrating the art and life of these two accomplished museums, while promoting and modernising the instruments and quirks of the baroque period with live performances.

Make your way up the wonky, 250-year old stairs and step back in time into George Frederic Handel's music rooms where he composed, rehearsed and performed with the leading musical luminaries of the Baroque age. Musicians are often found practising on one of the museum’s harpsichords throughout the day, offering a beautiful, atmospheric accompaniment as you make your way around.

On the third floor of the museum, you will find yourself transported to 1960’s London and the height of its swinging heyday. Here is the room where Jimi lived, loved and wrote music. Relive his collaborations with high profile musicians such as The Beatles, Ravi Shanker and Bob Dylan. Listen to Hendrix’ personal collection of records on an authentic Bang & Olsen turntable and view his beloved possessions, including a copy of Dylan’s Highway 61, stained with Hendrix’s Blood from cutting his hand open on a broken wine glass. 23 Brook Street is the first place Hendrix ever truly called home before his tragic death at the age of just 27.

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Handel & Hendrix Museum highlights

  • Discover the life and work of two historic musical talents, George Frederic Handel and Jimi Hendrix.
  • Explore the final residences of Jimi and Handel while you view their personal possessions and recreation of their homes.
  • Experience live performances from the in-house musicians, playing a host of rare instruments.
  • Explore a series of refined exhibitions, celebrating the work of Handel and Hendrix.

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Handel & Hendrix Museum facts

  • Delighted to find out that Handel once lived next door, Hendrix insisted that he once saw the ghost of the composer step through the wall, ‘an old guy in a nightshirt and grey pigtail.’
  • Hendrix was entirely self-taught on the guitar and played his guitar upside-down since he was left-handed. He could not read music. Instead, he communicated his musical thoughts through colours, stating, ‘some feelings make you think of different colours, jealousy is purple; I’m purple with rage or purple with and green with envy’.
  • From 1966-1970, Hendrix played over 600 shows, most of which were headline festivals.
  • Handel was a tall, sizable man who enjoyed good food and wine. He was nicknamed ‘The Great Bear’ due to his size, demeanour and way of walking.
  • In 1737, Handel suffered a stroke which resulted in temporary paralysis in his dominant, right arm and some loss of his mental capabilities which prevented him from playing. To recover faster, he travelled to a spa in Germany for six weeks. His swift recovery was considered a miracle at the time.

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Don’t miss

Hendrix Events
Celebrating all things Hendrix, relive his body of works through talks, concerts, guitar lessons, focus sessions and late-night openings. 

Handel House Talent
Handel House Talent is a scheme to nurture and showcase the next generation of exceptional historic performance. It is a stepping-stone to a flourishing career in Baroque performance for the stars of the future. Enjoy a series of shows performed on period instruments including the Italian guitar, harpsichord and theorbo.

Handel House Series
Explore the works of Handel and his contemporaries in the Baroque period, with glimpses of his predecessors in the renaissance period, alongside his successors in the early classical period, performed on 18th-century instruments.

Be sure to check out the Handel & Hendrix calendar for up to date information on events.

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Know before you go
 

- The Handel & Hendrix museum is situated across two residences. Handel House occupies two floors at 5 Brook street and Hendrix Flat is at the upper floor of 23 Brook Street.

- Please note that the front end to the museum is currently closed. Visitors are advised to use the other entrance located behind Brook Street in Lancashire Court.

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Getting in

Present your London Pass at the main entrance.

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Make the most of your London Pass

The Handel and Hendrix museum offers late-night events. Come along and join the party as music fills Hendrix home once more.

The Handel & Hendrix museum is located in the heart of London’s west end. Why not make the most of your evening with a trip to the theatre? The London Pass® gets you discounts on numerous shows. 

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How to get there
 

Underground
- Bond Street – Jubilee and Central lines.
- Oxford Circus – Victoria, Central and Bakerloo lines

Train
- Victoria Station then take the tube to Oxford Circus
- Marylebone Station then take the tube to Oxford Circus

Bus
- 159, 98, 7, 99, 89, 453, 94 or 12 to Oxford Street, Bond Street, or Regents Street.

 

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Getting to Handel & Hendrix London

Getting to Handel & Hendrix London

  • Handel & Hendrix London 25 Brook St Mayfair, London W1K 4HB If the door is closed, please use the other entrance at the back of the museum in Lancashire Court

Opening Times

Monday 11.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 11.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 11.00 - 18.00
Thursday 11.00 - 18.00
Friday 11.00 - 18.00
Saturday 11.00 - 18.00
Sunday Closed

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