Handel & Hendrix in London

An unusual museum, this takes in the neighbouring flats owned by Handel and Jimi Hendrix. The first floor of one of the two buildings houses the Handel section of the museum while the second (upper) floor of the other houses the Hendrix section connected by staircases. There is a small gift shop that has a great selection of music, books and posters.

An interesting museum for music fans.

Handel (1st Floor)

Handel Bedroom

This section of the museum is a series of rooms decorated as they would have when Handel lived here though very few of the artefacts on display were owned by Handel himself (it is more to give you a feeling for what it would have been like). There is a room where you can try on costumes typical of the period when Handel lived here.

Recital

There are occasional recitals here which are well worth sitting to enjoy.

Hendrix (2nd Floor)

Museum

Leaving the Handel section of the museum behind and climbing the staircase you are in the Hendrix section of the museum which is slightly smaller and begins with a room containing displays about Hendrix's short time in the flat. This is very insightful, particularly several recordings demonstrating particularly interesting traits of Hendrix's music.

Hendrix Bedroom

The highlight here has to be Hendrix's bedroom where he spent most of his time and where many parties were held. Here, as with the Handel section of the museum, there are only one or two artefacts that Hendrix actually owned with the room simply decorated as Hendrix would have had it based on documentary evidence.

Visiting

The museum is located a few streets south of Oxford Street close to Bond Street tube station. The entrance is tricky to find: On Brook Street when you find 25, standing on Brook Street looking at the front of the building where the are just normal shops to the left there is a cobbled alleyway (sign posted “Lancashire Court”). Follow “Lancashire Court” down away from Brook Street and around to the right and the back of the building where you will find the modern entrance to the museum.

There is a small admission charge and as the museum is small it can get quite crowded on weekends.

Additional Information

For further information please see the museum's official site at https://handelhendrix.org/.

Staircase