By Andrew Gibson
The last known address of 60’s pop icon Jimi Hendrix, the Cumberland Hotel in London’s Marble Arch has today opened the doors of its plush new Hendrix Suite to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death. Designed by Chelsea-based interior designer Mary Gannon, the room is a fitting tribute to the best rock guitarist of all time.
Hendrix loved London and spent most of his time in the city. He gave his last interview in suite 5001 – now the stunning Hendrix Suite. Featuring a dramatic specially commissioned mural, created by respected graphic designer Andie Airfix, and a selection of rare vintage fabrics, the vibe is distinctly retro yet unmistakably stylish. The huge plasma screen tv shows Jimi’s best performances at Woodstock and there’s an iPod pre-loaded with his last interview (which took place in the very same room on 11 September 1970) and his best tracks. Hendrix died on 18th September 1970 from a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol. He was just 27 years old.
Opened in the 1920’s, the Cumberland is one of the West End’s most contemporary 4-star hotels, with its world-class art gallery in the lobby and the Michelin-starred Rhodes W1 restaurant. It’s ideally located for business or pleasure, close to the theatres of the world-famous West End. One night’s stay for two people costs £399 and is available to book from 18th September 2010. £10 from every stay will be donated to The Hendrix Foundation, which helps deprived children by providing musical instruments and tuition. Yep, Jimi would have approved.