In pictures: Handel and Hendrix in London

The Georgian house in London's Mayfair in which George Frideric Handel lived and composed for 36 years has long been preserved for education and live performances. Less well known is that 200 years later Jimi Hendrix lived next door to 25 Brook Street – his flat has now been renovated and opened to the public as part of a joint attraction, ‘Handel and Hendrix in London’

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Here, we bring you some of the highlights… 

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Hendrix’s blue plaque at 23 Brook Street, where there is a new permanent exhibition examining his life in London.

(Handel House Trust)

Jimi Hendrix pictured at his Mayfair flat in 1969. The flat was found by his girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham, from an advert in one of the London evening newspapers in 1968. Etchingham says Hendrix called it “my first real home of my own”.

(Barrie Wentzell)

Brook Street, where Hendrix and Handel lived, wrote and played in neighbouring buildings, 240 years apart. Blue plaques for the two musicians can be seen on the front of the two houses. 

(Handel House Trust)

The Handel rehearsal and performance room, in the house where the composer lived from 1723 until his death in 1759.

(Handel House Trust)

Handel’s restored bedroom at 25 Brook Street.

(Handel House Trust) 

Jimi Hendrix’s bedroom in the top-floor flat at 23 Brook Street, carefully restored to the way it was when he lived there in 1969. Hendrix spent some time decorating the flat to his own taste, including purchasing curtains and cushions from the nearby John Lewis department store, as well as ornaments and knickknacks from Portobello Road market and elsewhere.

(Michael Bowles/Handel and Hendrix in London)

Handel’s composition room.

(Handel House Trust)

Jimi Hendrix at 23 Brook Street, 7 January 1969. 

(Richard Keith Wolff)

Jimi Hendrix’s epiphone FT79 acoustic guitar, on display at ‘Handel and Hendrix in London’. 

(Handel and Hendrix in London)

Jimi Hendrix pictured at 23 Brook Street, 1969. 

(Barrie Wentzell)
 

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‘Handel and Hendrix in London’ is now open to the public. To find out more, click here.