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Wellington Arch is a monument in London. It was commissioned in 1825 (along with Marble Arch) by King George IV to commemorate Britain's success in the Napoleonic Wars. Originally known as the Green Park Arch and also referred to as the Constitution Arch it now stands in the middle of a traffic island near Hyde Park. It was designed as a grand gateway to Constitution Hill that all visitors arriving into central London from the west would have to pass through. Wellington Arch was designed by Decimus Burton and constructed between 1826 and 1830. The interior of the arch is hollow and contains 3 separate floors. It housed one of the smallest police stations until London until 1992 when this was closed. In 1999 the care of the Wellington Arch was passed to English Heritage who now allow visitors to enter inside it for an admission charge. The admission charges are: Adult - £3.50 (5 Euros) Child - £1.80 (3 Euros) Concessions - £3.00 (4 Euros) English Heritage members - Free It is open daily from 10am until 5pm (summer) and from 10am until 4pm (winter).
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The Chelsea Flower Shower is a four-day event that takes place during May. It is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society and is held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The origins of this event date back to 1852 and today it is attended by 157,000 visitors, which is the maximum number of visitors allowed inside the grounds. There are four different grades of awards presented for each category, these are gold, silver-gilt, silver and bronze. The main award categories are Flora (Floral and garden exhibits), Hogg (tree exhibits), Knightian (vegetables and herbs), Lindley (education and scientific) and Grenfell (pictures and photographs. There are also several special awards each year. Public ticket prices are £23 each with discounts available for RHS members.
The Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace
Situated where there once was a private chapel at Buckingham Palace, the gallery exhibits a number of art treasures which are "held in trust by The Queen for the Nation" and includes items of jewellery and furniture. There are a number of rooms for lectures and events, as well as a multimedia room where additional information about the exhibits is provided. The Queen's Gallery is open daily from 10:00-17:30 with last admissions at 16:00. Facilities for disabled patrons are provided and there are various workshops and activities during school holidays and on weekends.