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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 24 June 2014

With the effort of many people, the Handel House Museum has opened. The guides are volunteer. We used our London Pass to visit. Fortunately, the day we visited a knowledgeable and communicative guide was giving a tour. We tagged along with him and the students he was addressing. Don't go to the Handel House for the furnishings or the general information. The Museum has done a good job of providing printed cards detailing what is available to see. There is a collection of paintings and manuscripts. It is amazing that this house, which was the rented, London home of Handel for the end of his life, is open for viewing. Visiting the interior gives one an understanding of where and how the composer lived. It is a privilege to walk through the home where Handel worked. The Museum has done a good job of replicating the original interior of the home. There was much undoing of generations of "updating." Because the Museum has brought together the artifacts displayed, this is not a definitive collection of Handel memorabilia. It is, however, worth a visit. A guide told me that "the Handel organ" (owned by Handel? played by Handel?) is owned and displayed a that the parish church nearby, St. George's.

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

I was a bit worried about finding the house museum after I read the reviews, but once you know you have to look out for it you cannot miss it. A clear red banner in Brooke street above a red door pointing you to go to the back is very clear. One point to mention is: when I arrived a repetition was on, but I was directed to the second floor to start the tour by looking at the DVD and by the time the DVD was completed so was the music, so if on arrival you hear some music then go and listen to that first before you go to see the DVD. Incredible to be there where God used Handel to write the Messiah and other works. No photos are allowed inside except in the activity area. Putting on a wick (for a short time) was fun.

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

I have seen several amazing period homes in Britain and expected much, MUCH more out of this museum. Especially given the entry fee. Definitely NOT recommended if you are looking for a suggestive visit to a period home of a such important figure. This museum is ok if you want to read a bunch of laminated photocopies with information found on the internet. I was bitterly disappointed as all that remained of Handel's was a bed and a chamber pot. No other personal belongings were in the home. Total waste of my time and money, as I had very different expectations. Be warned!

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Althoughy the entrance fee is expensive there is plenty here about the life of the composer in London to interest music lovers. and not just for adults. There is a room set aside for children where they can try on wigs and gowns, make drawings and complete the questionaie of the house. They are usually very interested in Handel's bed and can sit on the window seats! There is a video at the start of the short tour. It is difficult to find the entrance, but if you a music lover it is worth it.

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Reviewed 23 May 2014

This authentically preserved eighteenth century house, not far from Bond Street tube station is well worth a visit. The creaking original floor boards, décor etc. make the experience even better. This is where Handel lived and composed his greatest works, including "The Messiah". It is easy to miss the entrance - you have to use the side street and enter through the rear. This attraction has good clean bathrooms as well.

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