The museum on Brook Street, Mayfair, also pays tribute to guitarist Jimi Hendrix

Handel house

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Main sitting room at the Handel Hendrix House

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The former home of composer George Frideric Handel has reopened to the public following a two-year renovation project costing £3 million. The property is now known as the ‘Handel Hendrix House’ (HHH), as the adjoining flat was occupied by US rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix in 1968. Both music icons are commemorated in exhibitions at the house, which has been a museum since 2001.

Handel moved into the house in the summer of 1723, and lived there until his death in 1759. The renovation has opened all of Handel’s house to the public for the first time by restoring the basement and ground floor, as well as refurbishing the upper floors. Researchers for the ‘Hallelujah Project’, as it was called, were also helped by a detailed inventory of the house’s contents that was written when Handel died. The house now includes recently acquired artworks that were once by displayed by Handel inside his home.

Simon Daniels, director of HHH, said Handel was ’London’s great composer, and we are delighted to have achieved our goal of restoring his house and excited to be sharing his life and music with more visitors, schools, and the local community… ’As we saw at the Coronation, Handel’s music is as fresh and powerful as the day it was written and has the ability to inspire and move us.’

Rooms in the adjoining house, where Hendrix had a flat on the first floor, have been transformed into temporary exhibition spaces, offering new displays and exhibitions as well as live music and talks.


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