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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 2 May 2014

A short walk from Oxford Circus, this is a discreet treasure. We might have walked past it only for seeing the blue plaques to Handel and Hendricks on the first floor wall. Then it's through a short alley to the left, ahead is an attractive looking restaurant with outdoor seating and the museum is to the right.

Having deposited our umbrellas we went up in the lift to the first room, which features a 15 minute film to put visitors 'in the mood'. Next is Handel's dressing room, bedroom and a room with a harpsichord (the former dining room) for the many musical recitals held here. All of the rooms have paintings, prints and furniture of his tine, well explained in detailed information sheets. There is also a generous supply of guides to answer questions and provide additional information. Compared with the larger museums this is a series of intimate spaces, although with plenty of items of interest. Be warned that the bare wooden floorboards creak terribly!

It is pleasing to think of Jimi Hendricks living in Handel's old house - what would the shade of Handel have made of his successor playing amplified guitar in it?

On the next level down the current exhibition is on Susannah Cibber, one of his leading singers. Her tempestuous life would be a great subject for a TV film! The tour ends with a well-stocked shop.

1  Thank Barzini
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Small house museums convey what day to day life might have been like. The guides are particularly knowledgeable, patiently explain the difference between a harpsichord and a piano, and offer advice about concerts and other sites in the local area. I'm a big fan of small house museums. You're not going to get this kind of attention at the V&A.

1  Thank jhavand
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

What a treat. To stand where Handel stood. The video before the tour reveals Handel's links with the house. You may be lucky to hear live music as the venue is used for small concerts.

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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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