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 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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Oil on canvas portrait of John Beard

John Beard: Handel’s Tenor

  • 14 September 2016 — 19 February 2017 *on now

This exhibition explores the extraordinary life of the celebrated tenor, John Beard – Handel’s ‘tenor of choice’.

This theatre star and 18th century celebrity premiered several roles for Handel in a variety of opera and oratorio, wowed the public at the pleasure gardens with patriotic ballads and nonsense songs, and expertly managed the Covent Garden Theatre until his retirement.

This exhibition presents the curious circumstances of his first marriage, music scores with Beard’s own performance markings, evidence of his kind philanthropy and many other fascinating items from his life. Alongside this, a painting of John Rich, Theatre Manager and Beard’s father-in-law, attributed to William Hogarth will be displayed in Handel’s Music Room in its first public outing, alongside an iconic painting of John Beard by Thomas Hudson.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included with General Admission to the whole house - £10



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



Black and white antique photograph of a spider

Along Came a Spider

  • 28 October 2016 7:30-9pm *on now

Recorder quartet, Palisander present a spooky, candle-lit concert for Halloween, as part of Museums at Night 2016.

This programme explores the curative melodies created by 16th and 17th century musicians for victims of venomous spider bites who were offered no medicinal cure or relief.

Palisander are Hannah Fisher, Lydia Gosnell, Miriam Nerval and Caoimhe de Paor (recorders) with Aileen Henry (harp).

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets: £15 and £7 students



Two performers at a live improv opera night

Friday Late with Impropera

  • 4 November 2016 6-9:30pm

The third and penultimate night in our series of Friday Lates with improvising opera group Impropera.

So far these Friday evenings have been a raucous success with some rave reviews and even some celebrity guests. Come along for the third round!

Immerse yourself in the worlds of Handel & Hendrix, hear from an expert and then enjoy musical performances made up on the spot about your discoveries. No score, no story and no safety net. What is performed is up to you. All we need is you – the audience – to come and get curious.

“Rising to the audience’s every challenge, the company quickly weave a plot of brilliant ingenuity” The Times

"Very fun, really worth it and a real privilege to be in the museum after dark” BBC Radio London

Performances at 6pm, 7.15pm and 8.30pm.






A watercolour painting of the exterior of Handel's House, 25 Brook Street

The Composer's Kitchen

  • 13 November 2016 From 2pm

Sara Pennell, historian of food and the household from the University of Greenwich, presents the food cultures of Handel’s London. In this illustrated talk, Dr Pennell will take you on a culinary tour of Handel’s kitchen, its supplies and its servants, to tell the stories behind the dishes which graced the composer’s often laden table; and find out what was good to eat in mid-eighteenth century London.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets: £15 and £7 students



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
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