College Green, London

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College Green

College Green (formally known as Abingdon Street Gardens) is a small public park in the City of Westminster in Central London.[1] The gardens are situated behind Westminster Abbey, and to the east of Westminster Abbey Gardens and are adjacent to the Houses of Parliament.[1] The gardens are not enclosed and are accessible at all times.[1]

The park is a common place for television reporters to interview Members of Parliament.[2] Henry Moore's bronze sculpture Knife Edge Two Piece 1962–65 is located in the gardens.[1]

The gardens form the landscaped roof of a two-storey underground car park, and were constructed from 1963 to 1964.[3]

The site was originally in the River Thames, and separated from the College Garden of Westminster Abbey by a medieval wall with a watergate. Its name refers to the collegiate church of Westminster Abbey, which includes Westminster School.


  1. ^ a b c d "Abingdon Street Gardens". City of Westminster. London. 11 February 2013. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011.
  2. ^ History in the making BBC News, 12 May 2010
  3. ^ Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Administration Committee (18 April 2007). Improving facilities for educational visitors to Parliament: first report of session 2006-07, report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence. The Stationery Office. pp. 79–. ISBN 978-0-215-03355-0. Retrieved 12 February 2013.

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Coordinates: 51°29′52.6″N 0°7′34.2″W / 51.497944°N 0.126167°W / 51.497944; -0.126167