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Here’s a pleasant Messiah complex. This Mayfair building, the German-born composer’s home from 1723 (he was its first tenant) to his death in 1759, has lived many lives—before the museum’s 2001 opening, conservators chipped 28 layers of paint off the interior walls to uncover the original grey color. You’ll see a 15-minute video on Handel’s life, and then move on, often attended by old dears serving as volunteers, to see the few humble rooms. They’re furnished with period furniture that wasn’t his, but not many artifacts. You’re best off coming during one of the house’s many concerts, held every week or so in a plain recital room (£7–£10 depending on performance). Handel fans should also investigate the composer’s collection at the Foundling Museum, where he was a crucial patron.