Handel & Hendrix in London

Handel House Museum
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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.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm.
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing

Admission charges

Handel House and the Hendrix Flat:
£10 Adult, £5 Child (5-16 years)

Handel House only:
£7.50 Adult, £3 Child (5-16 years), free to Handel House Friends and National Art Pass holders

Please note that we recommend visitors book their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment


  • National Art Pass
Getting there

Nearest tube stations are Bond Street and Oxford Circus and there are numerous buses to Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street.

Portraits of Handel and his contemporaries, early Georgian furniture, musical instruments, manuscripts.

Collection details

Fine Art, Music, Performing Arts

Key artists and exhibits

  • Hudson, Mercier, Nazari
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Exhibition: A Year in the Life of Handel 1723

A Year in the Life of Handel: 1723

  • 20 January — 31 August 2016 *on now

We continue our A Year in the Life of Handel exhibition series with an in depth look at 1723 – the year in which Handel took up residence in his Brook Street home. It was a busy year for the composer as his career flourished in the rich cultural life of Georgian London. Loans from national museums will join items from Handel House’s own collection to illustrate highlights of the worlds of theatre, art, literature, politics and science. As before the exhibition will be researched and written by our own Volunteers

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included in admission charge.

£6.50, £5.50 concessions, £2 children (free on weekends)



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Active Handel!

  • 28 August 2016 — 28 August 2018 *on now

Following on from their sold out Christmas family concert, Flautotonic return to Handel House for their new family concert programme: ‘Handel-Active’.
Join Flautotonic for an engaging and interactive family concert exploring the sound world of Handel’s London. With the musicians from Flautotonic recreate a performance of Handel’s Firework Music, experience music from a Georgian theatre and travel up the Thames accompanied by Handel’s Water Music.
Flautotonic are David Beaney (recorders and Baroque flute), Lauren Brant (recorders) Rebecca McChrystal (percussion) and Claire Williams (harpsichord)

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Augelletti, che cantata from Rinaldo

Air from Water Music

La Rejouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks

Anon, arr. Flautotonic
Lamento di Tristano and La Rotta

Traditional, arr. Flautotonic
Irish Medley - Blarney Pilgrim
Morrison’s and the The Cup of Tea

Astor Piazolla (1921-1992), arr. Flautotonic

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£15 and £7 students

Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am




Mind the Gap

  • 31 August 2016 6:30-7:30pm

The colours and textures of four classical guitars bring to life a wonderfully inventive, eclectic mix of repertoire. Mēla quartet’s arrangements of organ works by J.S. Bach and César Franck are jutaposed with contemporary pieces first imagined for harpsichord (Stephen Dodgson’s Change-Ringers) and pieces inspired by Jimi Hendrix and other contemporary styles.

The Australian composer Philip Houghton’s piece Opals demonstrates his mastery of timbral writing for four guitars, “My world changed when I heard Jimi Hendrix and later on John Williams, Alirio Diaz and Julian Bream. Before that it had been the voice of John Lennon, Bugs Bunny cartoons, rain on the roof, cicadas, crickets and radio static.”

Bryan Johanson’s homage to Hendrix and Handel, Pluck, Strum and Hammer, includes quotes from works by both musicians that Johanson describes as, “passing each other in the score like two good neighbours passing each other in the street”.
Mēla quartet have been performing with each other for 2 years and have recently recorded a CD of chamber music by Stephen Dodgson collaborating with the Eden-Stell guitar duo, violinist Hartmut Richter and soprano Antonia Gentile. Mēla were International Guitar Foundation “Young Artists” and performed at venues throughout the U.K. including King’s Place, London.
The quartet all play on guitars by master luthier Michael Gee.

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Organ Fugue BWV 578 arr. Mēla

Stephen Dodgson (1924-2013)

Philip Houghton (b.1954)
Black Opal, Water Opal, White Opal

César Franck (1822-1890) arr. Mēla
Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op.18

Egberto Gismonti (b.1947)/Leo Brouwer (b.1939)
Agua e Vinho
Baião Malandro

Bryan Johanson (b.1951)
Pluck, Strum and Hammer


£10 and £6 students

Booking line: +44(0)20 7399 1953
Friends booking: Monday 28 March, 10am
Public booking: Monday 11 April, 10am



Getting there

Nearest tube stations are Bond Street and Oxford Circus and there are numerous buses to Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street.

Handel & Hendrix in London
25 Brook Street
Greater London

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