College Green, London
College Green (aka Abingdon Green, formally known as Abingdon Street Gardens) is a small public park in the City of Westminster in Central London. The gardens are situated behind Westminster Abbey, and to the east of Westminster Abbey Gardens and are adjacent to the Houses of Parliament. The gardens are not enclosed and are accessible at all times. During the Brexit discussions the park was closed due to semi-permanent TV broadcasting points and radio and media interview locations.
The gardens form the landscaped roof of a two-storey underground car park, and were constructed from 1963 to 1964.
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.
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