It is always a bonus for a town house to have a garden, especially in Central London; the garden can be a real selling point for the house. Most people are busy and, whether developing a house or designing for a client, the first thing that is taken into consideration is usually minimum upkeep. In addition if the garden is very small then it is often best to hard landscape it and forget about a lawn. In shady gardens in London that are big enough for a lawn, it can be better to lay one of the new breed of 'false' lawns. These can be surprisingly effective and there is no need for upkeep or sheds to house mowers.
Town gardens are often overlooked and instant hedges or pleached trees can be used to good effect. Creating a quiet oasis in a busy town with lots of practical space to sit and enjoy is key. Water features, outdoor fires, sculptures, pots and urns can all play important roles in creating focal points around which to gather. Linking your hard landscaping materials to the interior of the house, and attention to detail is important, as everything will be viewed from close quarters.