Jimi Hendrix's London flat to become museum
London was certainly the place to be in the Swinging Sixties, with so many of the top musicians of the time making the city their home. Among them was guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, who lived in a small flat in Mayfair from 1966 until his death in 1970.
Although originally from Seattle, Hendrix struggled to hit the big time in the US and it wasn't until he relocated to the UK that he finally got his break. His residence on Brook Street is where he wrote a number of his most popular hits, and fans of rock music will be thrilled to hear that the property is now to be converted into a museum.
Amazingly, the flat – which is at number 23 Brook Street – is in fact already part of another museum, serving as the administration office for the Handel House Museum. This is because of the fact that – by an incredible coincidence – another history's greatest ever musicians, George Frideric Handel, lived on the same street more than 200 years before Hendrix.
Handel resided at number 25, and for this reason Hendrix's flat has been off limits for visitors for a number of years as the museum staff have needed the space to carry out their office work, although due to popular demand number 23 will now finally be opened to the public.
It will be restored to the way it looked in 1968, when it was occupied by the guitarist, and will feature a range of artefacts and exhibits relating to his life and work.
Until now, a blue plaque on the wall of the house had been the only indication of Hendrix's residence in the flat, although visitors will now be able to get a closer look at how one of the icons of the 1960s lived.
Brook Street is just a few minutes' walk from Bond Street station, in the heart of the West End.