Glorious Georges at the palace

imgresThis is such a lovely way to spend a sunny morning. It has to be sunny. So you head off to Kensington Palace and start with The Glorious Georges, a really interesting and beautiful exhibition. The transformation of some of the palace rooms, restored now to their original William Kent designed Georgian gorgeousness, is amazing. Some things, like the deep red flock damask wallpaper in Georgian design has been planned since the 1990’s. (King George II had a red and white colour scheme). Even the new floorboards are copied from other grand Georgian buildings where restorers found the planks were wider in the middle and narrower towards the edge of rooms to give an illusion of space. In Georgian times Kensington Palace was the centre of court life under George II and his clever, witty wife Queen Caroline and it became the ‘party palace’ and a cultural hub with visitors like Sir Isaac Newton. There is music playing and scratch and sniff cards with the smells for different rooms of beeswax candles and perfume, to transport you back to 1727. And games tables too. They were all very keen on gambling.

After all that excitement, the cafe is sunny and cheerful and after a cuppa, time to head for the garden restored by Todd Langstaffe-Gowan, which is looking great at the moment. Perfect. Tickets £16.50, under 16s free.

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