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Hendrix’s home turned museum
London's 23 Brook Street opens to visitors
Jimi Hendrix described his flat on the upper floors of 23 Brook Street in London as “[his] first real home of [his] own.” His girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham, found it in June 1968 while he was in New York. He decorated it with curtains and cushions from the nearby John Lewis department store as well as knickknacks from Portobello Road market before heading back to the US to tour. He returned to the flat in January 1969 where he did a series of interviews and photo shoots, but travelled back to New York in March and never lived at the flat again. Composer George Frideric Handel lived next door at 25 Brook Street between 1723 and 1759, now the Handel House museum. In 2014, the Handel House Trust was awarded a heritage grant to restore the Hendrix flat. It opened as a museum this past February and features some of Hendrix’s personal items including two telephones and a scallop shell ashtray on the night table. Adults £7.50; kids five to 16 £3. handelhendrix.org.
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