An historic moment when Mahatma Gandhi met Charlie Chaplin in Newham has been honoured with a new garden in the borough.

The pair met in the house of Dr Katial, a friend of Gandhi’s, in Beckton Road, in Canning Town, on September 22, 1931.

To mark this momentous meeting Newham Council has converted a former piece of wasteland between Chandler Avenue and Hayday Road, close to the location where they met, into a special garden.

Oona Chaplin, actress and granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, said: “I would give anything to have been a fly on the wall at this meeting of my two biggest heroes – Chaplin and Gandhi.

"Their very mention invokes peace, hope, tenderness, wisdom, laughter and of course, an impeccable sense of style.

“My grandfather once said ‘All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl’. Well, here you have the park.”

The garden has been created in partnership with Groundwork London and includes materials reused from the Olympic Park and flowers from the Chelsea Flower Show.

At the garden’s opening on May 20, a time capsule was also buried including art work and letters from local school children.