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Jimi Hendrix's London Flat To Be Permanently Open To Public

29 October 2015 | 9:13 am | Staff Writer

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

Jimi Hendrix's London home is to be permanently open to the public from February 2016, Handel House Trust has revealed.

As BBC reports, the legendary guitarist's 23 Brook Street, Mayfair has recently undergone a hefty £2.4 million (approximately AUD$5.1 million) restoration, with funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as private donors.

The flat happens to be in the same row as the home of German-born composer George Frideric Handel, who lived there for 26 years and wrote the Messiah. Both homes are owned by the Handel House Trust, with Hendrix's flat currently used as an office.

Alistair Stranack, chairman of the Trust, said, "It is hard to think of another home in the world with such a concentration of musical genius.

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"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."

Stranack also says that through help from Hendrix's friends and family, they will be able to restore Hendrix's living room to reflect the room as it was in 1968, when Hendrix purchased it. He is said to have shared the flat with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham for around a year.

The museum will also house a state-of-the-art studio for teaching, as well as a concert venue.