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Handel House Museum London
25 Brook Street
Mayfair
London W1K 4HB
TfL Fare Zone 1   
 
 
The homes of two musicians who chose London and changed music can be found at numbers 23 and 25 Brook Street. Mayfair. All that separates Baroque composer Handel from 20th century rock guitarist, Jimmi Hendrix is a wall and  200 years of history. The combined museum has a new name – ‘Handel and Hendrix in London’.
 
The famous Baroque composer George Frideric Handel arrived in England from his native Germany in 1712. He moved into the newly built Brook Street house in 1723 and lived there until his death in 1759.
 
Handel chose the house because it was in a good upper-middle class area, within easy walking distance of St James's Palace, where he carried out his official duties, and the King's Theatre, Haymarket, the focus of his Italian opera career at the time.
 
Music for Royal Fireworks
In this house Handel composed some of the world’s greatest music including "Messiah, Zadok the Priest and Music for the Royal Fireworks". The place was a hive of activity with musicians rehearsing, clients calling to pick up scores, and the entertainment of influential friends.
 
Benefactor & Philanthropist
Handel’s enormous popularity with the English public and the Georgian Court made him a wealthy man. Together with his artistic friend William Hogarth he helped the poor and needy children of London with his involvement with The Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury as Governor and benefactor - see article the Foundling Museum in this website.
 
The House
Number 25 is a typical early 18th century London terrace house, comprising a basement, three main storeys and an attic. It has been beautifully restored so the visitor sees it exactly as it was when Handel lived there even down to the colour and design of the furnishings. An inventory of the house conducted at the time of Handel’s death has provided invaluable information for the restorers.
 
Original Staircase
The original staircase is in situ but the 18th century panelling, wooden flooring and marble fireplaces have come from other early Georgian buildings. The collection of Handel memorabilia in the house also includes the Byrne Collection, a major Handel collection consisting of several hundred items.
 
If Handel walked in today, he would instantly recognise his home.
 
Plan Your Visit
Entrance to the House
On walking down Brook Street from Bond Street towards Grosvenor Square, the visitor will note the ‘red door’ on the Grosvenor Square side of Handel House. This is not the entrance. The Museum entrance is round the back of Brook Street in Lancashire Court. Please check the map on the Museum website under ‘Your Visit’.
 
Disabled Parking & Access
Accessible by lift. Visit museum website for further details  Web:  Handel House/ your visit/ access
 
Opening Times & Admission charges
Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays.
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 hours. Visit the website for Live Performance dates and times. Web:  Handel House / Opening times & prices
 
TIP
The Museum Trust requests visitors to ‘wear sensible shoes when visiting. Stilettos are particularly unsuitable and can damage the original flooring’.
 
Photography
Please remember - no photography in the Museum
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)2074 951 685
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Getting There
To find the best way for getting to Handel House Museum, visit TfL Journey Planner.
 
Handel House is located at 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, just off Bond Street between Grosvenor Square and Hanover Square. It is between shops Sonia Rykiel and Aspinal of London.
 
- By Underground
Bond Street Station     Jubilee and Central lines
Walk down South Molton Street
 
Oxford Circus Station   Victoria, Central and Bakerloo lines
Walk along Regent Street, Hanover Street, then Brook Street
 
- By Bus
Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street are all well served by bus routes with bus stops a short walk from the Museum. We suggest that you use the TfL 'Journey Planner' on this page.
 
- By Car
The Museum is in the Congestion Charge Zone. Visit the TfL website for details  Web:  Congestion Charge
 
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