Jimi Hendrix’s London home is set to open as a permanent museum next year.
The third-floor flat at 23 Brook Street, Mayfair was where Hendrix lived with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham from 1968 to 1969, during the period he released Electric Ladyland.
Fans will be able to view the top floor of the home following a £2.4m restoration to return the main living room to how it would have been when Hendrix was in residence. Exhibits include some rare and previously unseen images of Hendrix taken at the flat and in the local area, and the museum will also contain a new recording studio to be used for teaching and as a gig venue.
The flat is in the same row as the home of German-born composer George Frideric Handel, who Hendrix developed an obsession with during his time there. Both properties are owned by the Handel House Trust, which had been using the Hendrix flat as an office.
The chairman of the Handel House Trust, Alistair Stranack said: “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.”