8 ROYAL RESTORATION
Brighton’s Royal Pavilion has had a makeover. Its central Saloon is back to its 1823 heyday when King George IV greeted his guests before dinner. After three years of hard graft and £380,000, the room dazzles. There’s a hand laid, platinum leaf wall design, crimson and gold hangings and an eye-popping carpet of sunflowers, dragons and more. An upstairs display shows the craftsmen in action. A central room in the Pavilion, the restoration “gives a sense of how the place functioned, the whole design and the impact the room would have had on guests,” says project manager, Sarah Wilson.
The Royal Pavilion, 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE, 03000 290900, brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion; A Royal Room Restored: The story of the Saloon Restoration is on to February 2019 (subject to change)