Inside Jimi Hendrix's London flat-turned-museum

The London apartment that American rockstar Jimi Hendrix once called home decades ago has been restored and opened to the public.

See Full Article

Hendrix moved into the 23 Brook St. residence, in the city's west-end neighbourhood of Mayfair, in 1968.

The apartment is just one door down from the former residence of George Frideric Handel.

The Handle House Museum was originally erected on the property to honour the home where the famed composer lived for 36 years. The Hendrix Flat has been incorporated into the exhibition, and the rockstar's residence was opened to the public earlier this week.

After millions of dollars in renovations, the electrifying guitarist's apartment has been restored to its former glory. Rugs on the floor, wall hangings, old records and guitar lying on the bed haveall been placed to mimic the original décor and send visitors on a trip back in time.

Michelle Aland, the museum's director, said the building's historic past was part its appeal for Hendrix.

"He really thought that the spirt of music was in this flat," said Aland.

"He said he felt the spirt of Handel, and once thought he saw Handel actually in the mirror. He thought he saw a ghost."

"Messiah," which is likely one of the most famous pieces of classical music in the world, was written by Handel in the home. He also died in the residence in 1759.

Kathy Etchingham, Hendrix's live-in girlfriend in the 1960s, recalled Hendrix's initial reaction to seeing the apartment.

"It had a yucky, grey carpet, and as soon as Jimi saw the carpet he said: 'That's got to go.'"

Etchingham was the inspiration for Hendrix's 1967 hit "Foxy Lady."

She said the apartment was a "great retreat" to hide away from the outside world.

The museum's curators were able to reconstruct the apartment's décor thanks to the photography of Barrie Wentzell. The English photographer famously snapped shots of Hendrix jamming out in the bedroom with the likes of Beatles guitarist George Harrison and other rock legends.

"He was only around for four years, and he made it here in England," said Wentzell.

"(He) had a short but amazing life."

Hendrix died in London in September 1970, at the age of 27.

Etchingham said the exhibition is a touching tribute to the late rockstar's life.

"It's just a wonderful thing that the English people have done for him," she said.

"They made him a star and immortalized him."

With a report from CTV National News' London bureau chief Paul Workman


Latest Entertainment News

  • 'I'll always stand behind Hedley': Fan makes 1,500 paper hearts to show support

    Entertainment CTV News
    As Toronto police investigate Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard amid sexual misconduct allegations, a long-time fan helped make 1,500 paper hearts to hand out at a Winnipeg concert in support of the band. “A lot of people can’t live without their music,” Jen Laszchuk told CTV Winnipeg ahead of the Saturday show. Source
  • Barbra Streisand says she's 'never' had #MeToo moment

    Entertainment CBC News
    Barbra Streisand said she's never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused by the media. During a tribute to Streisand's decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the #MeToo movement and her aversion to interviews. Source
  • Barbra Streisand says no #MeToo moment marred her life

    Entertainment CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- Barbra Streisand says she's never suffered sexual harassment in her long career. Streisand made the comment when she was asked about the #MeToo movement during a tribute to her Saturday in Los Angeles. Source
  • Demi Lovato celebrates 6 years sober at show with DJ Khaled

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Demi Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety at a concert in New York with tour mate DJ Khaled, whose powerful words brought the pop star to tears. Lovato performed Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, telling the audience that March 15 was a proud day for her. Source
  • Demi Lovato celebrates 6 years of sobriety at concert

    Entertainment CBC News
    Demi Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety at a concert in New York with tour mate DJ Khaled, whose words brought the pop star to tears. Lovato performed Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, telling the audience that March 15 was a proud day for her. Source
  • With torn ligament, SZA powers through performance

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- R&B singer SZA didn't let a torn ligament in her foot slow her down at a concert for her feverish fans in New York City. She walked into the venue Friday with a crutch helping her to the chair placed in the middle of the stage. Source
  • Celeb influencers including Yara Shahidi help support UN environmental goals

    Entertainment CBC News
    Actress Yara Shahidi wants young people to know that little by little, it's possible to make a difference in the world. The star of Grown-ish is one of a group of influencers across the globe taking part in a movement called Little x Little. Source
  • Hollywood director Terry Gilliam under fire for comparing #MeToo to 'mob rule'

    Entertainment CBC News
    The Fisher King and 12 Monkeys director Terry Gilliam is facing backlash from Hollywood after comments he made about disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement resembling "mob rule." Speaking to Agence France-Presse on Friday, the former Monty Python member called Weinstein a "monster" who "made so many enemies" but also opened professional doors for his victims. Source
  • Spokeswoman: Damon not fleeing to Australia in Trump huff

    Entertainment CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- A publicist for Matt Damon is batting down reports that the actor is moving to Australia with his family, and that such a move would have been inspired by anger over U.S. Source
  • Charlize Theron calls idea of arming US teachers 'so outrageous'

    Entertainment CBC News
    Actress Charlize Theron says the idea of arming teachers after recent U.S. school shootings or "adding more guns" to the situation is "so outrageous." The South African says: "I have a very personal experience with gun violence. Source