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.
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