Jimi Hendrix’ London flat opened to the public

Posted on 24 August 2010
By Oliver Logan
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The London flat where Jimi Hendrix and his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham lived in 1968 is being opened to the public to mark the 40th anniversary of the legendary guitarist’s death.

Fans will be able to access the property for twelve days beginning on August the 25th. This is all part of a new exhibition entitled Hendrix in Britain, which will document the life and music of Hendrix in the city.

The exposition will be held at the Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, an address that was already rich in musical history prior to Hendrix’s occupation. The property had been the home of the 18th century composer Handel for 36 years before his death in 1759.

Sarah Bardwell Director of Handel House Museum, said of the connection between the two: “We are excited to be celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix. After moving to Brook Street in 1968, Hendrix learned of the Handel connection with the building and headed to One Stop Records in South Molton Street and HMV in Oxford Street to pick up whichever records of Handel music he could find.”

“Clearly he was intrigued by the connection and we’re pleased to be celebrating his own legacy today. We are delighted to be opening up the flat which was a true home base to Hendrix during his seemingly endless schedule of touring in the UK and elsewhere.”

Hendrix died in the Samarkand Hotel, London on September 18th, 1970.