Jimi Hendrix’s London Flat Restored, To Open As Museum

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A museum dedicated to Jimi Hendrix will be opened in London next year. The London flat of arguably the greatest guitarist in the history of rock music will open its doors to the public after undergoing a £2.4m renovation made possible by private donors and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Hendrix purchased the third floor Mayfair flat located at 23 Brook Street in 1968 and shared it with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham. Hendrix called this flat “the first real home of my own.” The bedroom of the renowned musician was restored to how it would have looked when he was still alive. There will be an exhibit about his life and career, and one of the main attractions of the exhibit will be his Epiphone FT 79 acoustic guitar.

Opening the Hendrix museum will establish the building as home to two great musical talents: Hendrix and Baroque composer Georg Frideric Handel.

Handel lived at 25 Brook Street for 26 years, where he penned many of his best musical creations including Messiah. Hendrix and Handel’s homes were separate buildings in the past but were merged together. Handel House Trust owns both homes and had used the Hendrix flat as an office.

“It is hard to think of another home in the world with such a concentration of musical genius. We hope that the opening of Jimi Hendrix’s flat will give people an added insight into the life and work of a figure whose actions have been examined to no end since his death in 1970,” Alistair Stranack, Chairman of the Handel House Trust said in a statement.

Stranack added that they were able to paint an image of one part of Hendrix’s life in Brook Street through their thorough research into the building and interviews with the musician’s friends.

It will be open to the public on February 10, 2016 and tickets will be available starting November 2.

Val Powell
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