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 closed.
Last admission is 5pm.

Admission charges

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

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
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.
Sopranos Emily Owen and Jenni Harper in Handel's Music Room, 25 Brook Street, Mayfair

The Rival Queens

  • 24 April 2018 8-9pm

“…it is certainly an apparent Shame that two such well bred Ladies should call Bitch and Whore, should scold and fight like any Billingsgates.” (John Arbuthnot, 1727)

Dive into a world of jealousy, fiery tempers, and more than a little scandal in this immersive operatic experience. You will be led around the historic rooms of Handel House in the midst of the rehearsals for one of Handel’s operas.

Presented by Emily Owen (soprano), accompanied by members of early music ensemble Ceruleo and some special guests, a narrative will unfold through the house shedding light on the infamous rivalry between Handel’s divas Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni.

Come and experience something entirely new fashioned from something old.

Suitable for

  • Any age





Handel's Music Room

Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen

  • 1 May 2018 6:30-7:30pm

The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen present an adventurous and pioneering programme combining Handel’s much-loved solo sonatas for violin and oboe alongside Pepusch’s forgotten Italian cantatas sung by mezzo-soprano Ciara Hendrick.

Suitable for

  • Any age





Two Baroque musicians performing in costume in Handel's Music Room.

The May Fayre

  • 18 May 2018 7-10pm

For this May’s Museums at Night, we’re celebrating the annual fortnight-long festival that gave Mayfair its name.
Expect an evening of live music, performances and interactive activities to celebrate a forgotten part of London’s history.

On the first floor, in Handel’s Music Room, Baroque musicians Charles MacDougall (tenor) and Katarzyna Kowalik (harpsichord) will reveal a narrative celebrating the coming of Spring using some of Handel’s greatest operatic pieces.

On the second floor, Handel’s bedroom – the room where the great composer died in 1759 – will be taken over by Art Macabre.

Try your hand at life drawing with Art Macabre. Injecting a lethal dose of theatricality into sketching, Art Macabre will present an eccentric tableaux to inspire your sketches. Inspired by accounts of the May Fayre’s ‘beheading of puppets’, sketch curious characters and macabre marionettes to be found at the fair. Ghostly shadows of the May Fayre’s most strange and surreal entertainments.

Up on the third floor, where Hendrix lived in 1969, English folk songstress Olivia Chaney will perform a very special acoustic set in Jimi’s bedroom.

All of this, plus some surprise performances and drinks at our pop-up bar.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Earlybird tickets: £15



Handel portrait engraving at Handel House

Directed by Handel

  • 19 May 2018 2-3pm

Olwen Foulkes (recorder) discusses her original research into Handel’s orchestra between 1711-1729 for her debut recording ‘Directed by Handel’.

Joined by Carina Drury (cello), Toby Carr (theorbo), and Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord), Olwen will also perform Handel’s stunning recorder sonata in F major, haunting melodies by Giuseppe Sammartini, and a charming air by Handel’s favourite assistant, John Christopher Smith.

Suitable for

  • Any age





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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