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It was named after the gardens which were previously on the site, which featured a trick fountain. The gardens had been named after Sir William Spring, 2nd Baronet. Several of the Victorian buildings were built on Spring Gardens.
It formerly housed the headquarters of the Metropolitan Board of Works after it moved from the London Guildhall, and the London County Council, until it moved to County Hall. This building has since been demolished.
Currently, the buildings in Spring Gardens include the Trafalgar Hotel, as well as the Headquarters of the British Council, and the London offices of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence since 2013.
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