You Can Visit Jimi Hendrix’s Flat And Here’s What To Expect

You Can Visit Jimi Hendrix’s Flat And Here’s What To Expect

“This is the first real home of my own”
Jimi Hendrix Bedroom

Tourist? Travel Blogger? Music Fan? If you are looking for places to visit in London his year, make it visiting Jimi Hendrix flat.

Hendrix flat is a joint exhibition, and shares the same building as the composer Handel.
The Handel and Hendrix project was only set up in Feb 2016. Previously the Hendrix flat was used as offices for Handel exhibition staff – can you believe it!
Following permission, from his then girlfriend Kathy Etchingham, Hendrix’s bedroom has been carefully restored using photos from the flat from the time he lived there in 1969.
“In this room he and Etchingham entertained a small number of friends who often came back to the flat after attending gigs in the area”.
Treading the same boards as Hendrix as a fan is a real privilege. The man, the legend has been a inspiration of mine since I was little and used to listen to my dad’s LPs. Before you enter the bedroom you can discover more about the history of his home, the stories that were made and the people who visited from the information and video snippets up on the walls.

So what is Jimi Hendrix bedroom like?

Jimi Hendrix Bedroom in his flat on Brook Street

Hendrix’ bedroom

“Jimi enjoyed choosing the colours and textures…very unusual colours at the time and then discussing them with the sales staff. Other shoppers stopped and stared in amazement not expecting to see Jimi Hendrix discussing patterns in the curtain department at John Lewis”

Now we’re talking serious room goals here. What a beautiful place this is; perfectly replicated and a hauntingly real account of how he lived. His “favourite” Victorian shawl adorns a spot above the bed. Absolute bedroom goals!

The oval mirror next to the bed is the original (not a replica) and is in the exact spot when Hendrix and Etchingham lived here. I took a minute to look into the exact mirror that once reflected a legend. Chills! 

Framed sketches, TV set, record collections, Persian rugs and whiskey decanters are all objects that would have decorated his room back in 1969 whilst little details such as cigarette ends and song lyrics, really bring it to life.

The vibrant bedspread was woven by a textile specialist Wallace Sewell to match the original. Apparently “Guests would sit around the bed and on the floor and every morning Hendrix would make the bed neat and presentable again, probably as a result of his military background”.

Apparently the team did such a good job of recreating the room, when Etchingham saw it after its transformation- she was moved to tears.

The man was not only the world’s most phenomenal guitarist but his eclectic taste made him a true maverick, favouring bohemian fabrics and colours that reflected his personality perfectly. Highly recommended!

 
Price to visit Hendrix flat: Admission to Jimi Hendrix flat is £10
 
Address of Jimi Hendrix’s Flat: 23 Brook Street, London.

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair- Is It Any Good?

What can you expect from Lou Lou’s vintage fair?

Any vintage lover worth their faux fur coat will be aware of Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair. But if you have never visited before, what can you expect to find? Well my blue jean babies, you can find lots and lots of stalls stocked with vintage goodies including jewellery, kitch homeware and accessories. You can even find a hairdresser, styling up victory rolls on anyone who is game. Predominantly, though you will find retro clothing- and most of it is very, very good.

Stall holders from across the land attend the events that are held on a regular basis in town halls and event spaces-in fact Lou Lou’s visits more than 40 cities across the UK! Prices are very reasonable with items ranging around the £10-20 mark and many stalls have a sale rail too, so you can shop ’til you drop even if your purse is light.

Expect quality clothing not cheap rubbish. 70’s gowns in whimsical prints, 60’s mini dresses, winter coats and real leather bags  are waiting to be snapped up. Ideal if you want to get your hands on a piece of genuine vintage, and a real bargain and not just a bit of second hand clothing.

Events like these are always better attended with a group of your besties, not least because there’s refreshments served including cake and no vintage fair would be complete without tea in china cups. Strike it lucky and your location could even have a bar!
On occasion, as you rummage through the rails your browsing may accompanied by a rockin’, swing band so you can sing along as you spend!

Top tip for Vintage Lovers!

If you go near the end of the day you may be able to haggle an awesome deal as a few  stallholders are able to knock something off the price depending on how their day has gone.
More details, including their next Yorkshire stop off,  can be found at Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair Website.

Things to do: Visit Castle Howard’s secret garden

 

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. – Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden.

Did you know, Yorkshire has its very own secret garden?  Originally an 18th century kitchen garden, the walled garden at Castle Howard is the most stunning, wild, rose garden. Ok, ok, it’s not that secret. It’s only yards away from the castle, but just like the garden in the beloved children’s book, it’s got walled corners and secret doors overgrown with ivy just waiting to be explored.

Discover Castle Howard’s Rose Garden this winter

Even in winter it’s the dreamiest of places. Its quiet, almost eerie, trees creak and winter flowers bravely face the cold, like pieces lace blowing in the wind.   I cannot put it any better that the website itself:

“Romantic Italianate trellises, hornbeam hedges and backdrop of brick walls, these gardens are a sheltered paradise of colour and intoxicating perfume, where visitors will enjoy a spectacle of massed roses. In total there are 2000 modern roses of all types making this one of England’s most comprehensive collections”.  ‘Nuff said really.

As we strolled round the garden, I imagined it was just like the secret garden in the book. Here, Burnett explores the healing power inherent in living things, with her protagonist Mary ”finding herself” as both she and the garden come back to life ( DEEP)..

Not quite as dramatic and definitely not worthy of a best seller; I too have been discovering Yorkshire’s green pastures.  Since living here, I have been inspired to photograph some of its wild, untamed beauty and Castle Howard provided some peachy shots.

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