Jimi Hendrix’s former London flat will open its doors next year as a permanent museum.
The third-floor property at 23 Brook Street, which the rock icon described as his ‘first real home’, has undergone a £2.4 million restoration to resemble how it looked during Hendrix’s time there between 1968 and 1969.
Until now, the blue-plaque flat has housed the offices of the Handel House Trust, which looks after composer Frideric Handel’s house and museum next door at 25 Brook Street.
‘It is hard to think of another home in the world with such a concentration of musical genius,’ said Alistair Stranack, chairman of the Handel House Trust. ‘While it has been a pleasure to have been working in Jimi’s bedroom for the past few years, it is even more pleasing to be able to throw it open to everybody else.’
Exhibits at the museum, opening in February 2016, will include unseen images of Hendrix in the flat as well as the local Mayfair and Bond Street area. There will also be a studio for educational purposes and a concert venue.
‘We hope that the opening of Jimi Hendrix’s flat will give people an added insight into the life and work of a figure whose actions have been examined no end since his death in 1970,’ added Stranack.
Tickets for the museum are available from 2 November.