See Inside Jimi Hendrix’s Former Home, Which Is Now Opening To The Public

23 Brook Street in Mayfair, central London: the place Jimi Hendrix reportedly once described as “the only home I ever had”. The ‘Purple Haze’ shredder moved into the flat in summer 1968 with then-girlfriend Kathy Etchingham and it’s now become a museum commemorating him. Etchingham oversaw the project to painstakingly return the place to its 1968 state, using a £1.2m Heritage Lottery grant. Handel & Hendrix London – so-named because Baroque composer George Frideric Handel lived in the flat next door, which is also now a museum – opens tomorrow (Wednesday 10th February 2016) and looks to be worth every penny, as we shall see.

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Kathy Etchingham sits in the flat that once cost her a weekly rent of £30, which wouldn’t get you a small round of drinks in Mayfair nowadays.

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Despite his hell-raising image, Hendrix was extremely neat and tidy, perhaps the result of his years in the army. Check out the military precision of those duvet corners!

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In fact, photographer Barrie Wentzell, who snapped Hendrix for those Melody Maker photos in January 1969, said “it was very tidy, very homely, not a mess at all – unlike my place.”

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Another room in the flat boasts a wall of album covers, including Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, which was stained with blood when Hendrix cut his hand on a wine glass.

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The original advert for the flat boasted a fancy pink bathroom and a fully fitted kitchen, the latter of which was barely used, as Hendrix would regularly order food from the Mr Love’s, the restaurant downstairs. His favourite order: steak and chips, a bottle of Mateus rosé wine and 20 fags, which waiters would fetch up the poky stairway.

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That room of record covers also contains a record by Handel, who lived next door from 1723 to his death in 1759. Hendrix, a fan of Handel’s, and well chuffed to hear about the building’s former resident – and even once claimed to have spotted his ghost.

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Handel’s blue plaque went up in 1952, while Hendrix was commemorated with his own in 1997.

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