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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published April 26th 2011
History is all around us - yet we are reminded of it most in the monumental places of London - Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament. We all know the significance of these magnificent locations, but sometimes there are equally magnificent places to be found off the tourist track.

A quick walk off Oxford Street will take you to a place that even the most cynical of historians will probably melt at - the home of not one, but two genuine musical megastars.

Handel House Museum is a living historical monument, based around the home of the baroque composer, George Frideric Handel. I mention living, as it regularly houses music events within the walls that inspired one of the world's great composer. There is an ensemble-in-residence, who give regular performances, weekend live music events, with everything from electro-acoustic modern styles to Baroque. Most recommended though would be the recitals, normally held at 6.30pm on Thursdays - taking in different themes and aspects of Hadel's life and works.

There must indeed be something in the walls of this particular part of Brook Street, as Jimi Hendrix moved in to the top floor flat next door, which is now the administrative office of the Museum. Though there is little representing Hendrix inside these days, apart from the odd exhibition - there is a blue plaque on the wall outside to commemorate the legendary guitar man.

So, whether you are a classical fan, or a rock rebel, come and pay your respects at the home of the finest examples of each genre.
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Why? Two geniuses under one roof - now that's a history lesson!
When: Tues-Weds & Fri-Sat 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Sun 12pm-6pm
Where: Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HB
Cost: £6 adults, £5 concessions, £2 children (Thurs recitals are priced differently)
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