Islington Council began an operation during the night to remove an Occupy London protest camp which has been in Finsbury Square for the past eight months.
A private security company, accompanied by police officers, put metal fences up around the site after moving the protesters on.
The operation was carried out after the council won a court action to evict the group. It told the judge that the protesters had damaged the land, had a negative effect on local businesses and there had been complaints about anti-social behaviour. Though, some of the camp's inhabitants were there for political reasons, some had moved in because they were homeless.
Councillor Paul Convery from Islington Council said: "We're returning the square to community use, and it is being cleaned and will soon be reopened to the public for the summer. Today's enforcement action was peaceful and low-key, and I'd like to thank the police, our street outreach team, and other partner organisations for their help. A number of vulnerable and homeless people have been living in the square. We have been speaking to them and offering advice and support to those who need assistance."