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On the Walls

  1. Oval Mirror

Above the fireplace hangs the original mirror that was hung in this exact spot when Hendrix and Etchingham lived here. Take a moment to look into the mirror that once reflected the image of Jimi Hendrix himself

  1. Wall Hanging

On the wall behind the bed is a batik silk hanging replicating the textile that was hung there in January and February 1969. Hendrix and Etchingham often changed their wall hangings and several different textile hangings appear in different photoshoots.

  1. Tasselled Shawl

The tasselled shawl hanging above the bed is described as ‘Jimi’s favourite Victorian Shawl’ in Kathy Etchingham’s book, Through Gypsy Eyes. The embroidered shawl helps to re-create the ‘opulent’ look and atmosphere Etchingham and Hendrix were going for when furnishing this room.

  1. Fire Escape Hoist

In the corner, to the left of the bed and next to the window, is the fire escape hoist that many upper storey flats still make use of today. Hendrix and Etchingham had a ‘Davy Descender’ and apparently, it didn’t work.

Furniture

  1. Bed

The vibrant bedspread has been woven by textile specialist, Wallace Sewell to match the original. Guests would sit around on the bed and on the floor and every morning Hendrix would make the bed neat and presentable again, probably a result of his military background.

  1. Wooden ‘Captain’ Chair

This is a reproduction of the iconic chair on which Hendrix sits in the photographs from 4th January 1969, by Barrie Wentzell. You are welcome to sit on it and strike your best Hendrix pose.

  1. Glass Door Cupboard (with silk kimono hanging in front)

Behind the door as you come into the room, is a cupboard that held all of Hendrix’s sketches and scribbles of various different lyrics and song ideas. They were laid flat across the shelves and Hendrix would often go to the cupboard and grab one of them to work a bit more on it and then put it back. Some turned into hits, others ended up in the bin.

On the Floor

  1. Rugs

Hendrix was so into Persian rugs that he ended up buying more than could fit in the flat. As a solution, he and Etchingham kept spares rolled up to the left hand side of the bed and swapped them in and out when they felt like it. Various different combinations are pictured in the photographs that were taken here.

  1. TV and Tea Set

Hendrix, despite his ‘rock and roll’ reputation, enjoyed watching Coronation Street and was particularly enchanted by the clothing choices of Ena Sharples. He was also fond of drinking English Breakfast Tea and Etchingham recalls how funny it was watching this American ‘cool cat’ sat watching ‘Corrie’ with a strong cup of tea.

  1. Phones

The two phone sets in front of the fireplace are typical 1960s telephones and perfectly match those pictured in the background of Hendrix’s photoshoots. Hendrix had a habit of giving his phone number out to anyone that wanted it, including fans. As a result, the phone was always ringing and Hendrix and Etchingham stopped answering it. Unfortunately, this meant that if anyone important rang, they wouldn’t get through either. Realising this was an issue, the couple had a second phone line installed. Eventually Hendrix forgot which number was which and ended up giving both numbers out to anyone and everyone resulting in two phones ringing off the hook.

  1. BOAC Airline Bag

The navy blue bag resting to the right of the bed, replicates the bag that Hendrix used as his guitar tool kit. Spare strings and plectrums were kept within and he took it everywhere with him.

  1. Monopoly

Hendrix enjoyed board games including Monopoly, Risk and Twister.

Music

  1. Guitar

The acoustic guitar on the bed is a copy of the original Hendrix used to work out riffs and arrangements, and played at parties in the flat. Check out the video of Hendrix playing Hound Dog after his gig at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1969. Etchingham remembers that this guitar was always on the bed or propped up against the bed so that Hendrix could write songs, noodle away or jam with his guests. This replica has been restrung to match Hendrix’s left-handed stringing. Hendrix kept his electric guitars and amps along with clothes in the room next door (now the Record Room) that he and Etchingham used for storage.

  1. Page of Lyrics

On the bedside table, there is a photocopy of Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics to Voodoo Chile and Voodoo Child (Slight Return).

  1. Beogram 1000 Turntable

Take a closer look and spot the ha’penny taped to the arm. Etchingham explains that they had to weigh it down to prevent it from jumping.

  1. Lowther (Acoustas) Speakers

Etchingham says that they were always playing music in this room. They were regularly blowing the cardboard cones inside the speakers and having to take them down to a local Bromley electrical shop to have them fixed.

  1. Record Collection

The records displayed beside the record player are copies of the records that Hendrix had. Hendrix was interested in many genres of music from jazz and blues to classical albums of Handel, Holst and Bach. He kept them in no particular order.

View the full list of all the records Jimi owned.

  1. White Boxes on Shelves

To the right of the fireplaces there is a pile of thin white boxes on built-in shelves. These boxes replicate the stack of ¼ inch reel-toreel tape that Hendrix kept here. Hendrix would have kept all of his recordings from studio sessions and he also had his own portable reel-to-reel recorder.

Food and Drink

  1. Mateus Wine Bottle

Hendrix was pictured drinking Mateus Rosé in the flat several times. Wine was difficult to get outside of restaurants and bars in London, in 1969. Living above Mr Love’s Café, where Mateus Rosé was being served, meant that Hendrix and Etchingham could have bottles sent up, often with dinner too as neither of them were any good at cooking. On the window ledge in the Record Room next door, you will find a bottle of Mateus left outside to chill because the couple couldn’t be bothered to go upstairs to their fridge. They also drank Löwenbräu beer.

  1. Whiskey Decanter

Hendrix drank Dimple whiskey and kept a decanter full for entertaining guests. It was his drink of choice (when he wasn’t drinking Mateus Rosé or English Breakfast Tea, of course).

Other Accessories

  1. Dog Bear

The original Dog Bear is featured in various photographs of Hendrix and Etchingham. A fan knitted it for Hendrix and it moved 3 flats with him. This dog bear was re-created by Handel & Hendrix in London volunteer, Judy Roose and smaller versions are available in the shop.

  1. Books in Cabinet

Hendrix enjoyed reading science fiction and Etchingham remembers reading Dracula during her time here. Night of Light by Philip José Farmer contributed to Hendrix’s inspiration for Purple Haze.