Google Street View Comes to England

Google maps are a great trip planning tool, especially the “Street View” that is available for many countries. You can “walk” down the street of a vacation rental or hotel you are thinking about booking to see what types of places are next door or where the closest cafe is. Or you can be an armchair traveler and see the world from home.

I used Street View for France when planning our summer trip, but it is not available for the Cotswolds in England. However, it will be soon! Parts of London are on Street View now and the rest of England is being photographed by the “Google camera”.

England is being photographed by Google now but not everyone is happy about this.

Residents challenge Google camera, BBC News, Friday April 3 2009.
“Angry residents in Milton Keynes blocked the driver of a Google Street View car when he started taking photographs of their homes. Police were called to Broughton after residents staged the protest, accusing Google of invading their privacy and “facilitating crime”.”

Here we are in London, standing on the London Bridge, looking at the River Thames and the Tower Bridge.

[iframe http://maps.google.com/maps/sv?cbp=12,128.64138572501912,,0,-3.55907780979827&cbll=51.508958,-0.08728&panoid=&v=1&hl=en&gl=us 600 400]

View larger Google Map (you should see a small version of the map above)

To see a Street View, go to maps.google.com and put in the address or just the town and country name. Click on the “person” icon at the top of the scale control and you will pop into street view if it is available.

Resources

How to use Google Maps Street View

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.

3 thoughts on “Google Street View Comes to England”

  1. I heard a news story the other day about another use for Google street view – a wife suspected her husband was cheating on her (with her best friend no less!) and used Goggle to spot his car in the driveway of the best friend – BUSTED!

  2. But Street View is not current. Those London views look like last summer. People are wearing shorts and an ad for the movie Wall-E is on a bus. That guy must have been spending a lot of time with his mistress!

    I was tweeting about this topic saying how I would like to find out where they will be filming in England in June (when we will be there) so we could go and stand in the picture – how cool would it be to be in Street View? Charlie from Santa Fe (@charliepabst) pointed me to this site where a group organized with Google to be in the Street View: streetwithaview.com.

    “On May 3rd 2008, artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley invited the Google Inc. Street View team and residents of Pittsburgh’s Northside to collaborate on a series of tableaux along Sampsonia Way. Neighbors, and other participants from around the city, staged scenes ranging from a parade and a marathon, to a garage band practice, a seventeenth century sword fight, a heroic rescue and much more… “

  3. You can’t expect the street view to update every 10 min. Someone actually has to drive around and capture all these views. if you look strait down you can see that it is a car driving around. it is incredible how last year you could only see big cities but now you can see places that are in the middle of nowhere. i would love to see myself waling around NYC one day that would be really cool.

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