Address: 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HB
A popular London attraction dedicated to the life and works of German-born baroque composer George Frideric Handel, the Handel House Museum offers amazing insights into this famous figure.
Born in February 1685, Handel moved to London in 1712 and was granted British citizenship in 1727. He spent much of his influential career living and working in the English capital, with some of his most famous pieces penned in London.
One of the most iconic composers of his generation, Handel is renowned for such great works as The Messiah, Music for the Royal Fireworks and for the accompanying score to the coronation of George II.
Opened in 2001, the Handel House Museum offers a fantastic way for visitors to learn all about the impact of this esteemed figure and his lasting legacy.
Lots to see and do at the Handel House Museum
For lovers of classical music and culture, the Handel House Museum could be the perfect attraction to explore during a visit to London.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays) between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm (last entry is half an hour before closing), admission to the museum will cost £6.50 for adults, £5.50 for concessions and £2 for children aged from five to 16 years old. Children under five can get in for free and all under-16s can gain free entry during weekends.
Some of the outstanding collections of mementos and antiquities from the time of Handel’s residence in London are on display at the museum, with guests treated to many examples of fine art, manuscripts and printed materials, all relating to the life, work and times of this popular composer.
Portraits owned by Handel himself, including a painting of Charles Jennens by Thomas Hudson that was displayed in his composition room, and even the piano on which he composed many of his most famous pieces, can be seen during a visit to the Handel House Museum.
Upcoming events at The Handel House Museum
It is not just the regular exhibits that draw the crowds to this popular London attraction though, as the Handel Museum hosts a number of high-profile and bespoke events throughout the year.
Events that visitors will not want to miss during their time in the English capital include Handel: A Life with Friends, which is currently being curated at the Handel House Museum and provides key insights into the man behind the music. The exhibition examines his relationships with friends, loved ones and key influencers and is running until January 2016.
Recent exhibitions have also included A year in the life of Handel: 1738 – an in-depth examination of the key events and compositions that made 1738 a year to remember for the famous composer – and The Triumph of Music over Time.
This second exhibition looked at the works Handel created due to his inspirational relationship with London watch and clockmaker Charles Clay. It features several timepieces owned by Handel himself and also features some of the earliest recordings of Handel’s works, which were created at this time.
Full details of ongoing and future exhibitions can be found by visiting the Handel House Museum website.
Nearby shopping for Handel House Museum visitors
Central London not only provides a wealth of great history for visitors to enjoy, but also a host of great retail experiences can be found here. These are some nearby retail options that could help travellers scratch their shopping itch:
Hamleys: The oldest toy store in the world, Hamleys was founded in 1760 and today houses seven storeys of outstanding fun for all the family. Gifts for kids of all ages can be found here, with lots to see and do for lovers of the latest trends and of classic family treats.
Fortnum & Mason: One of central London’s most upmarket department stores, Fortnum & Mason can date its history back to 1707 and prides itself on offering access to some of the most luxurious brands on the planet for its visitors to enjoy.
Saint Laurent Dover Street Market: The London home of high-end fashion house Yves Saint Laurent, this high-end market offers an array of fashion and accessories for both men and women.
Sotheby’s: An auctioning institution in the heart of the English capital, Sotheby’s is a world-renowned name in the realm of auction houses and guests can be assured everything from fine art to antiquities can be found during a visit here.
A range of high-end independent retailers can also be found in the local area, with some great places to visit including fashion-conscious bookstore Magma, high-end jewelry designer Watches to Watches and Britain’s oldest wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros & Rudd. A range of top high street stores can also be found in the local area, such as Superdrug, Topshop and many more.
Other local London attractions
London also prides itself on offering fantastic experiences for all manner of visitors, with an array of outstanding attractions that travellers will surely want to explore, such as:
- Madame Tussauds London (one mile, ten minutes’ travel time by public transport)
- Buckingham Palace (one mile, 14 minutes)
- Trafalgar Square (one mile, 13 minutes)
- The Sherlock Holmes Museum (1.1 miles, nine minutes)
- The National Gallery (one mile, 12 minutes)
- The British Museum (one mile, 18 minutes)
- National Portrait Gallery (one mile, 13 minutes)
- Kensington Gardens (1.4 miles, 11 minutes)
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (0.7 miles, eight minutes)
- Westminster Abbey (1.5 miles, 12 minutes)
- The Wallace Collection (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
- Churchill War Rooms (1.2 miles, 14 minutes)
Where to park near the Handel House Museum
When planning a visit to London, individuals travelling by car can be assured there are plenty of nearby facilities where they can park, including:
- Cavendish Square Car Park (0.4 miles, eight minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Broadwick Car Park (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
- NCP Car Park London Grosvenor Hill (0.2 miles, four minutes)
- Leicester Square Car Park (0.8 miles, 17 minutes)
- Audley Square Car Park (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
- Arlington House Car Park (0.6 miles, 11 minutes)
- Q-Park Harley Street (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
Visitors planning to drive in central London during their visit are reminded of the potential for large volumes of traffic, especially during the traditionally busy morning and evening rush hours. As such, parking spaces can be limited and individuals should therefore think ahead and book spaces prior to arrival when possible.
Underground travel options
And finally, for anyone hoping to avoid the stresses of travelling by road, navigating the busy streets and finding somewhere to park, there is always the world-renowned London Underground.
Nearby Tube stations within easy walking distance of the Handel House Museum include:
- Bond Street (Central and Jubilee lines)
- Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines)
- Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and PIccadilly lines)
- Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
- Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)
- Marble Arch (Central line)
Full details of Tube station opening times, temporary station closures and up-to-date service timetables can be found by visiting the Transport for London website.