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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)

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