The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has voiced its opposition to plans by Westminster City Council (WCC) to extend car parking charges in the area to midnight Monday to Saturday.
Under council plans drivers would no longer be able to park for free in the borough after 6.30pm or leave cars on single yellow lines. It is also looking at increasing parking fees in some areas from £1.10 to £2.20
BHA Bob Cotton, chief executive, has written a letter to WCC deputy leader Robert Davis voicing the 'massive concerns' of restaurant and pub operators in the area.
He said: "This will damage jobs, investments and future prospects.
"Even though the Council needs to raise its revenues, increasing costs for the consumer in this way will damage the restaurant and retail industries at a very fragile time. This is not the way to go forward."
WCC said it was listening to all views of those who would be affected and would consult fully on the proposals before making any decisions.