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The National Portrait Gallery houses portraits of eminent personalities in British history from the Tudors to the present day, making it a must for lovers of art. Founded in 1856, the collection on display is among the most comprehensive in the world and no restrictions are placed on the mediums used. There are traditional oil paintings and watercolors, as well as drawings, miniatures, sculptures, silhouettes, caricatures and photographs. Admission is free, but certain exhibitions may be charged.
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.
For a complete experience in art, head over to the city's Institute of Contemporary Arts. This innovative institute boasts of a gallery and auditorium. They even have a bookshop and a restaurant and bar, so you can fuel up and look around some more! Come watch experimental dance and theater shows and revel in the vibrancy of newly emerging talent. ICA also offers unique PhD programs and yearly memberships. Have a look at their projects and films like Crimson Gold or Kitchen Stories.
Whitehall's namesake comes from the Whitehall Palace, which burned down in 1698. Today, Whitehall is the main road in the heart of the city leading from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. It's worth a look if you're in the neighborhood, just to admire the superb architecture. Lining the road are government ministries, commonly referred to on as Whitehall.
History comes alive at the Household Cavalry Museum. This Museum is situated at the Horse Guards, one of the oldest buildings, and the headquarters of household in London. The Queens life guard ceremony takes place here regularly. You can witness this 350 year-old ritual started by king Charles II live and even interact with the royal guards. They will tell you of their strict and rigorous training schedule. You can also see some of them work in the original 18th century stables. And do not forget to check out on some of their rare displays which they have opened to the public.