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Jimi Hendrix's London flat opens to the public

29 October 2015, 11:14 | Written by Laurence Day

Jimi Hendrix's London apartment is being opened to the public as a permenant museum.

The home is also the former residence of influential classical composer George Frideric Handel, who lived in the same block 240 years prior to Hendrix. Used primarily as an office by owners Handel House Trust in recent years, Hendrix's flat is now being made permanently public.

Speaking about the decision, the Handel House Trust's chairman Alistair Stranack says:

"It is hard to think of another home in the world with such a concentration of musical genius. 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. 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."

Hendrix purchased the third-floor flat in 1968 - the same year he released Electric Ladyland. It's located in Mayfair, on 23 Brook Street, and has undergone a £2.4 million restoration in preparation for its transformation. As part of that restoration, the trust have meticulously researched the property, speaking to friends of the legendary axeman, and as well as various exhibits on display (including previously unseen images of Hendrix), the living room has been faithfully restored to what it would have looked like when Hendrix was living there.

As well as the museum, Hendrix's flat will also feature a studio for holding concerts and teaching purposes.

Hendrix's London home will open on 10 February 2016; tickets will be available from 2 November.

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