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College Green

College Green (aka Abingdon Green,[1] formally known as Abingdon Street Gardens) is a small public park in the City of Westminster in Central London.[2] The gardens are situated behind Westminster Abbey, and to the east of Westminster Abbey Gardens and are adjacent to the Houses of Parliament.[2] The gardens are not enclosed and are accessible at all times.[2] During the Brexit discussions the park was closed due to semi-permanent TV broadcasting points and radio and media interview locations.

The park is a common place for television reporters to interview Members of Parliament.[3] Henry Moore's bronze sculpture Knife Edge Two Piece 1962–65 is located in the gardens.[2]

The gardens form the landscaped roof of a two-storey underground car park, and were constructed from 1963 to 1964.[4]

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. ^ "Regulations or bylaws relating to the use of Abingdon Green (also known as College Green) by members of the public and the media" (PDF). FOI 3071. UK: 10 July 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Abingdon Street Gardens". City of Westminster. London. 11 February 2013. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011.
  3. ^ History in the making BBC News, 12 May 2010
  4. ^ 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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