3 star classic hotel
3 Blenheim Street, Mayfair, W1S 1LAShow on map
The Mermaid Suite Hotel is a 32 room, 3 star hotel which is based in Mayfair, Central London. The closest tube station to the Mermaid Suite Hotel is Bond Street which is less than a 10 minute walk away. This... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HRShow on map
Claridge's might easily be the most famous hotel in London, with enough prestige and royal history to gain it the nickname "Buckingham Palace Extension." This is clearly something more than your average... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
350 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1C 1BYShow on map
"Ideal location for shopping in Mayfair and Oxford Street" The Berkshire hotel, tucked away on Oxford Street and opposite Bond Street, is a freshly designed boutique hotel. The hotel is perfectly located for... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
Bond Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, W1S 2YFShow on map
Opened in 1955 by polo playing dynasty the Phipps family, The Westbury Hotel retains its mid-century glamour, whilst providing all the modern comforts guests require. The hotel’s has a prime location on... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 6JPShow on map
"Contemporary chic with classic luxury in a truely upmarket London enclave" Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square occupies a prime position on Grosvenor Square, just behind Park Lane, nestled amongst some of the... Read More »
Apartment - luxury
Maddox Street, Regent Street, W1S 2QDShow on map
5 Maddox Street is a stylish Hotel that is located in Mayfair, Central London and is filled with modern décor that immediately makes your fell warm and at home. It is critically acclaimed by Vogue, Time... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2ALShow on map
The Connaught Hotel is a 121 room, 5 star hotel based in Mayfair, Central London. The nearest tube station to the venue is Bond Street which is only a 10 minute walk away. This lies in Zone 1 of the... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
44 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 2HPShow on map
"Expertly transformed from one of London's 18th century stately mansions" A welcoming, peaceful haven in the heart of fashionable Mayfair, the Millennium Hotel Mayfair overlooks Grosvenor Square and is within... Read More »
Apartment - 4* contemporary
35 North Row, Mayfair, W1K 6DLShow on map
There are certain areas of London where only the most affluent citizens can afford a stylish apartment due to prohibitively expensive rents and the exclusivity of the neighbourhood. Mayfair is one such area, a... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
57-59 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, W1G 9BLShow on map
Designed to a high standard, the Holiday Inn Oxford Circus hotel offers comfortable and traditional accommodation, with bright airy rooms, decorated in a traditional style with comfortable fittings. All 162... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near Handel House Museum
The Handel House Museum is situated in the great composer's home in Brook Street, where George Frederic Handel lived from 1723 until his death in 1759. Born in Saxony in 1685, Handel initially toured the courts of Europe, receiving patronage from Prince Ruspoli in Italy to perform. Important English dignitaries who came to the Italian Court urged Handel to visit London and after being appointed Kapellmeister to the Elector of the Court of Hanover, he was given permission to play in England.
When Handel arrived in England he was well received, and was granted a yearly pension of £200 by Queen Anne and King George I (a very generous sum at the time). He was also appointed 'Master of the Orchestra' of London's first Italian opera company. With such accolades and patronage to his name, it is unsurprising that Handel was a regular on London's elite social scene. He gained British citizenship in 1727 and became so well respected that Zadok the Priest, the anthem for King George II's coronation is still used as part of the Coronation ceremony today. Many of Handel's greatest works were written in the Brook Street home, including Messiah and Music for the Royal Fireworks.
Handel's lease on the home in Brook Street indicates that he had gained financial security from his operas and patronage, whereas he had previously resided in the stately homes of his European patrons. The house, which remains true to the fashion of Handel’s age, contains a performance room, a smaller composition room and a collection of fine art reminiscent of the composer's original collection. The museum was a labour of love, funded by a National Lottery Grant, which wasn't opened to the public until 2001. Many other residents, including an apothecary and clothing manufacturer Viyella had occupied the property since Handel's death, so a great deal of restoration work was required.
The musical legacy of the house goes beyond classical music as Jimi Hendrix also lived in an upstairs flat in the 60s. As well as having the best of the 60s music scene on his doorstep, living in London introduced Hendrix to traditional British pleasures such as watching Coronation Street. He was also inspired by the previous tenant and would often listen to Handel's works.
Continuing the house's great musical heritage, weekly concerts and recitals are held at the Museum on traditional harpsichords and spinets. Although the concerts do frequently honour the titular owner, composers such as Bach and Scarlatti are also performed. If you wish to visit, the Museum is open all year round, except for Mondays, Christmas, New Years Day and bank holidays. The Museum is well situated for transport and accommodation. Hotels in the area can be expensive, but some good mid-range rates are available for those travelling on a budget. The Washington Mayfair Hotel is nearby and offers guests comfort in stylish surroundings. The Radisson Edwardian Berkshire Hotel is just seconds away from Bond Street tube station and offers the high-quality service and rooms you expect from such a reputable name. The Westbury Mayfair Hotel is a calm place to relax in bedrooms decorated in neutral tones with luxurious fittings. For a hotel with plenty of character and charm, Fleming's Hotel offers eclectic, colourful decor and personalised service for a comparably reasonable rate.
The Museum is well situated for Bond Street and Oxford Street shopping, and is just a five-minute walk from Bond Street tube station, which services the Jubilee and Central lines. Both these lines give you direct access to many other exciting parts of London. The museum is also just a ten-minute walk from Green Park tube station, which services the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates); King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates); and Heathrow Airport, which can be reached via the Piccadilly line. This gives you an idea of how fortuitous Handel's location was, placed very close to Buckingham Palace and Marble Arch, although the area is much more vibrant and exciting than in Handel's era, so you will be guaranteed an inspiring stay, whether you are musically inclined or not.