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Skip the line: Handel & Hendrix Museum Tickets

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Hidden on a single street in London are the homes of two of history’s most significant musical artists. Travel back in time to the worlds of baroque composer Handel and his rock legendary neighbour, Jimi Hendrix. Welcome to Handel&Hendrix in London.

Highlights

  • Soak up 250 years of atmosphere in the house where Handel composed Messiah and threatened to throw his soprano out of the window
  • Lose yourself in the extraordinary baroque sound of an antique harpsichord as you explore this pivotal moment of musical history
  • Spend time in the first and only place Jimi Hendrix ever called home, absorbing all the tiny domestic details of how this icon lived in London
  • Browse Jimi's record collection, discovering the secrets of what he enjoyed from each album and anecdotes from his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham
  • Learn about the amps and pedals that Jimi Hendrix used to recreate his unique sound and admire his acoustic guitar

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Enjoy an hour or two exploring this hidden historical gem in the heart of Mayfair. Nestled between Aspinall's and Sonia Reykiel on Brook Street, make your way up the wonky, 250 year old grade 1 listed stairway and step back in time into George Friderick Handel's music rooms where he composed, rehearsed, performed and conversed with the leading musical luminaries of the baroque age.  This is where he wrote Messiah, and these are the windows from which he threatened to throw soprano Cuzzoni when she refused to sing one of his arias.   Musicians are often found practicing on one of the harpsichords throughout the day, offering a beautiful atmospheric accompaniment as you make your way around Handel's house - don't miss the adjoining current exhibition celebrating the famed baroque tenor John Beard.   Making your way up to the second floor, you will find yourself in Handel's dressing room and the beautiful bedroom in which he eventually died of old age after 35 happy years at the heart of English court life and music.   On the third floor of the museum, you will find yourself transported to 60s London and the height of its swinging hey day.  The city which embraced one of the greatest guitarists the world has ever seen and made him famous, London, held a special place in Jimi Hendrix's heart and he described the flat he lived in with his girlfriend Kathy at 23 Brook Street as the first place he'd ever truly called home.  Painstakingly recreated from intensive research and with Kathy's invaluable help on numerous tiny details, a short step away is the room made famous in copious film footage and photographs where Jimi lived, loved and played in 1969 before his tragic death just a year later at the height of his fame at the age of just 27.  

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