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Handel & Hendrix in London
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Owner description: In a single street in London, separated by a wall, are the homes of two of history's most significant musical artists. 25 Brook Street is the house that belonged to George Frideric Handel and the place where he composed some of the world's most enduring baroque music, including Messiah. On the top floor of 23 Brook Street is the flat where, two centuries later, Jimi Hendrix lived with his girlfriend, record player and guitar. Both were the homes of musical innovators who chose London and changed music. See them together under one roof at Handel & Hendrix in London.
Reviewed 29 March 2014

This museum is a very interesting house museum. First of all it is a bit difficult to find the entrance. But don't give up - walk down a wide alley and the entrance is in the back. You'll have to leave your backpacks or bags with the desk but it is locked in a container and you are given a tag. Front desk person was super friendly.

You start off with an informative film and then you are off to the rooms which are filled with portraits and period items or even things that belonged to Handel himself. There are also a lot of placards with history and stories from his life and his family's life.

Interestingly the museum has expanded into the building next door of which one of those apartments had been the apartment of Jimi Hendrix! I couldn't help but imagine if those two souls had ever met what an interesting conversation it might have been!! lol

So - If you have an interest in historic houses or music (classical or otherwise) you should pay a visit to the Handel House Museum.

2  Thank Cindy R
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

If you are a Handel fan, this house should not be missed. Handel lived in this newly built house from 1723 to 1759. It was in this house that he composed several of his most famous works: "The Messiah", and "Music for the Royal Fireworks". After visiting his parish church, St. George's at Hanover Square, I walked to his street consisting of Georgian Houses. The museum is composed of two former residences, No. 23 & 25. I was greeted by a friendly staff person who informed me that with my ticket I could attend the night's musical performance at a discount . Performances and lectures occur weekly at the house. Unfortunately, later occupants of the house altered the interior significantly, but it has now been beautifully restored to Handel's period. The restoration included among other things, the adding of antique planking on the floors and 3 salvaged Georgian fireplaces. The rooms also contain period antiques or reproductions. The results allow the visitor a good peek at a Georgian English home. For Jimmi Hendrix fans, a couple of rooms have been dedicated to him for he occupied this residence when he lived in London.

4  Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

If you are a fan of Handel then this is a must but if not, it is still a great
place to visit. A Georgian house put back to its original state and very
beautifully done. Excellent staff. There is a lift for anyone who finds
stairs difficult. We sat and heard a student playing the harpsichord which
anyone can ask to do. To sit in the rooms in which Handel lived and died
was very moving. Lovely gift shop too.

1  Thank yummies60
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

I came here because i am a National Trust member and the Handle House Museum is a partner and we got 50% off the entry fee. Its quite a nice museum, first you watch a video which is interesting, then you look at Handle's dressing room and bedroom, upstairs is the exhibitions, there is currently one on Jimi Hendrix (as he lived next door) and one on the women who worked with Handel, the later was quite interesting, however more could have been done with the Jimi Hendrix exhibition. More could have been more to the museum and i'm not sure it would be worth the money if you were paying for a full price ticket.

Thank Zoe R
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

We went to see this house because we are very interested in period interiors. It was small but the main rooms gave you a feel for what a reasonably modest town house would have been like. Extensively panelled and painted in period colour.
Beware it is small and from other reviews it is clear that this was a disappointment. We combined this visit while from Covent Garden through SoHo and back along Bond Street and Picadilly to Covent Garden so it was a nice stop along the way.
Added bonus is that it is very uncrowded unlike all the other attractions!

Thank Caroline E
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