In 1968, Jimi Hendrix moved into the upstairs flat at 23 Brook Street and now, nearly 50 years later, it looks like he just stepped out for a moment... Over the past two years, Hendrix's bedroom has been lovingly restored by neighbouring Handel House, with the help of his girlfriend at the time, Kathy Etchingham, in addition to the close examination of surviving film footage and photographs of the space. Bohemian batik rugs are layered over the bright red carpet and a fringed canopy surrounds the bed, while recreations of Hendrix's record collection and customised Bang & Olufson turntable litter the floor. Details such as 60s Kleenex boxes and the room's original mirror create a kind of domestic authenticity which is rarely associated with the constantly-touring superstar musician.
The exhibition details a colourful roster of guests to the flat, particularly the frequent jam sessions held there with great musicians from George Harrison to Eddy Grant. Ordering up steak and chips from the ground floor restaurant Mr. Love, visiting iconic bar Speakeasy after gigs, and even shopping at John Lewis are the small anecdotes which animate Hendrix's experience of living in Mayfair - 23 Brook Street has recreated a vibrant account of his time in London.
The Hendrix flat opens on Wednesday, February 10th and is part of the permanent exhibition Handel & Hendrix in London. You can learn more about Jimi Hendrix's time in London here and book tickets to the exhibition here.