Less than twenty minutes from our doorstep are the awe-inspiring Handel and Hendrix house, separated by one wall and two hundred years, these two artists decided to make Mayfair their homes whilst they both changed the face of music forever in their respective genres.
Initially beginning as The Handel House Trust, the idea of restoring Handel’s house back to it’s former glory dates back to 1959 by musicologist Stanley Sadie, due to a long list of reasons it took longer than expected to get the logistics organised and The Handel House Museum didn’t become open to the public until 8 November 2001.
The Handel House Trust procured a near one thousand year lease in 2007 for the entirety of 25 Brook Street, this then enabled a two stage Master Plan to be developed to restore both Jimi Hendrix’s flat on the upper floor of 23 Brook Street and the ground floor and basement of Handel’s house next door as 25 Brook Street respectively. As the first phase of the Master Plan a new studio space, extended lift access to all floors and additional visitor facilities were developed and opened in February 2016.
The second phase of the Master Plan is now underway, meaning that the Museum is currently closed but it expected to reopen in Spring 2023!
When you are planning your next stay at Mercure London Paddington be sure to explore Handel & Hendrix once it reopens, a truly interesting tourist attraction right in the heart of London.Book Now