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In honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubliee, the Royal Parks installed a living plant sculpture in the shape of a crown in St James Park. The floral sculpture is a replica of St. Edwards Crown used in the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Formerly the headquarters of the British Army, the historic Horse Guards Parade is now a popular site for ceremonies and parades. Being the political hub of the United Kingdom, Horse Guards Parade lies across the way from Buckingham Palace. A number of monuments can be seen along the edges of the grounds paying homage to the military. The London Polo Championships were held here in 2009, and it was chosen as the site for the Beach Volleyball championships of the London 2012 Olympic Games. This historic area is not to be missed on your trip to London!
National Police Memorial commemorates nearly 4000 police officers who died during their duty in the UK. Michael Winner, a film producer, felt the need to set up the Police Memorial Trust as he was deeply moved by the demise of Yvonne Fletcher, a police officer in London's St. James' Square. The trust was set up in 1984 after Winner wrote to The Times suggesting the creation of a memorial for the police force. National Police Memorial is built to the designs of Per Arnoldi and Lord Foster and was unveiled in the year 2005. Its beautiful blue color makes the memorial stand apart on the tree-lined Horse Guards Road.
The Mall is an epic avenue stretching from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square. Along the way, you'll see stately manors, plush parkland, hallowed monuments and well-groomed shrubbery. You can even pass through the Admiralty Arch. The Mall was also chosen as a venue for the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling and Marathon events.
Ever since Sir Robert Walpole took up residence here in 1721, this rather ordinary, dark brick townhouse has been the official residence for Britain's prime ministers. Behind the world-famous front entrance, with its black door guarded vigilantly by a good old British "bobby," lies a network of formal rooms, offices, private apartments, kitchens and cellars. While access to the general public is strictly forbidden, several hundred school children, selected by visiting MP's, are permitted to visit each year. Situated on Downing Street, Number 10 Downing Street makes a good visit, considering the residents of this house don't even have their own key.
Not only the building complex itself, but especially the daily Changing of the Guard attracts countless onlookers to Horse Guards. The building designed by William Kent was erected from 1751 to 1753 and has two guardhouses and a small courtyard in the Palladian style. The Household Calvary¿s Changing of the Guard is one of the best-known tourist attractions in Whitehall.
Wrought iron gates close off the entrance to the small road known as Downing Street. Number 10 has been the official residence and home of all British prime ministers since 1735. At that time King George II gave the building to Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister. He did not want to accept it as a personal gift, but designated it as the London residence for all subsequent prime ministers.
Magnificent and architecturally brilliant mansions adorn the scenic street of Carlton House Terrace and are known for a pair of terraces of white colored stucco-faced structures on its south end and overlooking the scenic St James's Park. Designed by John Nash, it is one of London’s finest Georgian treasures, previously playing host to members of the British Royal Family, Prime Ministers and business leaders. It is abounding with rich heritage and today the value of the houses on this street is considered to be the most expensive. The Carlton Gardens are also located nearby and are extremely picturesque with their rows of trees and flowering beds.