College Green (London)

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This article is about the College Green in London. For the College Green in Dublin, see College Green.
College Green

College Green (formally known as Abingdon Street Gardens) in 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] They are in front of College Green.[1]

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 e "Abingdon Street Gardens". City of Westminster. London. 11 February 2013. 
  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