A hidden square in Paddington is to benefit from a £300,000 revamp.
Within the next few weeks, work will begin in Talbot Square Garden, Talbot Square, to restore the open space to its former glory. The project will see a new main entrance leading to the hidden oasis built in Sussex Gardens with existing side entrances improved and extra plants grown in the gardens.
Westminster Council acquired as derelict space in 1995 under the Town Gardens Protection Act and is working with Paddington Business Improvement District (BID). They hope to put in new railings based on original metalwork, removed as part of the effort to win the Second World War and replaced with concrete posts and chain fencing.
Westminster Council's deputy cabinet member for customers and neighbours Gywneth Hampson said: "The council works hard to make use of the limited open space available in one of the most densely populated areas of the capital.
"Despite the pressures of space and the demands placed on our services by the influx of more than a million visitors a day, our 168 open spaces provide welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the city."
Renovation work is due to be carried out on several other parks and playgrounds over the coming months, including Broadley Street Gardens in Broadley Street, Lisson Grove, and St John's Church Ground playground in St John's Wood Road. Queen's Park Gardens in Ilbert Street, Queen's Park, was recently transformed into a wildlife haven with the help of residents.