Travel Dispatch: Jimi Hendrix’s Flat Publicly Opens in London (For Almost Everyone)
I have great friends in London who have great connections that result in great experiences. I hopped the pond this past weekend to check out the annual London Design Festival, but also to visit the Hendrix in Britain exhibition at the Handel House Museum, which is running until November 7th and commemorates the 40th anniversary of Jimi’s death. Sadly, there wasn’t so much to write home about save for the musician’s original journals and a particularly cool jacket. (The EMP in Seattle still houses the largest collection of Hendrix paraphernalia.) Getting in was the hardest part – tickets, which guaranteed half-hour time slots, sold out in two hours.
Thanks to die-hard Hendrix friends (those with great connections), I got the full Jimi Hendrix experience (as in a freakin’ entrance ticket). It was strange walking into the legend’s bedroom and spare room – both tiny, tiny rooms – but touring the house did offer rare insight into the world of Jimi’s private life. He lived at 23 Brook Street in the trendy Mayfair district from 68′ to 69′, which is the longest period of time he spent anywhere during his adult life in one place. Jimi’s flat is usually used as the administrative offices of the Handel House Museum (best office ever?), but they set up camp across the street until the throngs die down.
For those who weren’t able to score tickets: Don’t riot yet! There are plans to fully open the flat to the public within the next five years. We’re sure this superfan (pictured) will be the first in line.