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.

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