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Gravesend, United Kingdom
November 11, 2011
From journal Britains wonderful Treasures.
El Segundo, California
May 5, 2011
London, England, United Kingdom
April 9, 2011
From journal Spring at the Seaside
August 14, 2006
From journal Seaside City of Brighton
January 2, 2006
From journal On The Sea
March 30, 2005
Before you enter the lavishly designed buildings, make sure that you enjoy a saunter around the gardens. These have had extensive work done to them over recent years, giving careful attention to Nash’s original design – they are colourful and give tantalising glimpses of the pavilion as you progress, and the view is impaired by the mature plants.
Inside, there are some great rooms to view. The banqueting room, with a massive crystal chandelier shimmering in the light and supported by a fire-eating dragon, is a fantastically "busy" room. The long gallery is more than a "link corridor" and was originally well used as a "play area" for royal visitors. It, too, is lavishly decorated, and we particularly liked the mounted Chinese figures that guard the entrance and the painted glass panels that provide light for this room. Again, a superb chandelier has pride of place.
The music room is another extraordinary room despite two devastating acts of God – in the 1970s, a fire severely damaged the room and its contents, and after a sensitive restoration, all was well. That is, until a hurricane dislodged a stone roof decoration in the late 1980s. Now the room is as described in Nash’s original design. It’s stunning, with superb chandeliers, the brightest of colours, and a hand-knotted reproduction Axminster. Just imagine the king’s own musicians serenading him with the likes of Handel or Bach.
Less ornate but still incredibly impressive is the huge kitchen. The walls are lined with wooden shelving, a mighty "range," and an enormous spit roaster. The high ceiling is support by cast-iron columns culminating in metal palm leaves at the ceiling, and above this is a further space with windows, giving the kitchen a real airy feeling
And, finally, give yourself plenty of time to admire the splendour of the royal bedrooms. The aptly named Yellow Bows Rooms are garrulously decorated in bright daffodil yellow, but they have been faithfully restored using fragments of the original wallpaper to recreate the original setting. The mahogany four-poster in Queen Victoria’s bedroom has been reproduced from the description in the final inventory taken just after Victoria left Brighton. This room has the stateliness and sophistication that you’d expect of Queen Victoria.
And, of course, as you’re leaving the building, you will be able to investigate the pavilion shops – there you might find the odd souvenir or two!
From journal Spring Time in Brighton
Riverview, New Brunswick
August 9, 2003
This is a self-guiding tour that covers approximately half of the rooms on each of the two floors open to the public. You will see everything worth seeing, the King's apartments, the kitchen, the banqueting room, Queen Victoria's apartments, etc. In the summer, if you need a break, there is a tearoom on the second floor.
For a thorough explanation of each room, follow a bus tour, but the pamphlet provided will do for many people. You will need about an hour. Like to know more before you go? Try royalpavilion.org.uk.
From journal Travels in Sussex and Kent
Brooklyn, New York
August 16, 2001
It took him and architect John Nash 30 years and £500,000 to complete, starting in 1783. The residence is close to other attractions in Brighton, such as the Laines shopping area, so it's hard to miss. In fact, the train station is right nearby. The day I visited, the grounds were filled with locals and tourists sunning themselves amongs the beds of roses and shade trees. A few fine outdoor restaurants are nearby. Tours of the residence are available, and they are handicapped accessible, with tours available in sign language as well as recorded tours for the blind.
Admission is £4.90, under 16 £3.00; family rates and guided tours available.
Open daily, except Christmas and Boxing Day (Dec. 25 and 26). The telephone number is +44 (0)1273 290900
From journal Brighton, by the Sea
by Cheryl Morgan
February 21, 2001
The most impressive area is the Banqueting Room, designed by Robert Jones. Its centrepiece is a massive chandelier hanging from a domed ceiling with a magnificent dragon curled around the suspending wires. William IV had it taken down because one of Queen Adelaide's companions dreamed that it would fall during a banquet, but Queen Victoria had it restored because Prince Albert liked it.
Even more sumptuous is the Music Room, actually a small ballroom. This is the work of the famous interior designer, Frederick Crace. Its red and gold colour scheme make it seem more like something out of a fabulously exotic brothel than a royal ballroom. Then again, given the painting by Whistler of Prince George "awakening the spirit of Brighton" that hangs in the upper floor of the Pavilion, perhaps this is what was intended.
My favourite room is the kitchen. For those of us who love to cook, this is a room to die for. It has more floor area than most houses I have lived in. It is a place for serious banqueting, and indeed on display is a menu for one of Prince George's entertainments which comprises a mere 36 courses. There is plenty of room to work, there are huge ovens, and there is an open fire with enough spit space to roast half a dozen chickens and a couple of piglets simultaneously.
Vegetarian visitors are warned that the kitchen in set out with displays of likely consumables including a sizeable collection of taxidermy. The centrepiece is a cooking vessel containing a whole swan. This, of course, is to remind us that in Britain the eating of swans is still a royal prerogative. Having lived in the rebellious colony of Australia I have actually tasted the bird and can report that it isn't that special, but it sure looks impressive in the pot.
Something else I noticed, particularly in the upper rooms, is the depth and brightness of the colours used in the decoration. This is particularly the case in the Yellow Bow Rooms where the colour is so intense and pure that it looks computer-generated. Apparently this type of intense colour was a new invention in the early 19th Century.
Sadly no photography is allowed inside the building, but you can see some tempting views of the interior on the Brighton council web site. As is traditional with such places, the exit takes you out through a gift shop in which you can buy various memorabilia, including books on Regency fashions and dancing.
From journal Historic Brighton