The former London residence of Jimi Hendrix is to be opened to the public as part of an exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the legendary guitarist's death.

The Mayfair flat currently serves as a museum for th composer George Frederic Handel, who lived there for forty years until his death in 1759. Handel also wrote his most famous work, 'The Messiah' in the building where Hendrix lived for a short two years from 1968 until his death under suspicious circumstances in 1970. The 'Hendrix in Britain' exhibition looks at the connection between the two musicians.

Sarah Bardwell of the Handel House Museum said, "We are excited to be celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix. After moving to Brook Street in 1968, Hendrix learned of the Handel connection with the building and headed to One Stop Records in South Molton Street and HMV in Oxford Street to pick up whichever records of Handel music he could find ... Clearly he was intrigued by the connection and we're pleased to be celebrating his own legacy today."

'Hendrix in Britain' will also present a collection of handwritten lyrics, clothing and other memorabilia. It will run from August 25 to November 7 at 23 Brook St, London.