More London Oddness In Google Maps

Don’t you just love Google Maps? Not only is it a wonderful tool, but it’s also riddled with amusing bugs.

If you zoom out to see the whole of the British Isles, London shrinks to the singularity known as Barnet.

Meanwhile, we note that a popular burger chain has opened mid-way across Tower Bridge.

Southwark Station is, for reasons unknown, labelled in Japanese. (Hat tip to reader @yenooi)

The capital’s first underwater theatre appears to have vanished. We spotted the Adelphi mid-river a few months ago, but it’s no longer submerged on the live map.

And who could forget?

Let us know if you’ve spotted other examples of Google howlers.

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  • http://twitter.com/bagelmouse Rachel H

    Apologies for the heinous crime of linking to my own blog, but a couple of months ago I noticed that Glenda Jackson had appeared on the map at Westminster, but marked as “Reported to not exist”. That’s quite an existential crisis:
    http://bagelmouse.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/has-someone-been-killing-their-own-grandfather-again-tsk/
    (It’s gone now, of course. Has anyone seen Glenda herself lately?)

    • Lorraineb

      Glenda Jackson is back on the map, Rachel H!

    • Lorraineb

      Glenda Jackson is back on the map, Rachel H!

  • Chris Pople

    South Kensington tube station appears to have been renamed as “Carluccios”…

    • http://shahidhussain.com/ Shahid Hussain

      I spotted that earlier. It’s changed again – now labelled “The South Kensington Bookshop”.

      • Pinguim

        If you zoom in enough, the station disappears completely.

  • http://twitter.com/WHampstead West Hampstead

    This great GMaps mistake I spotted a year ago is still there: http://twitpic.com/27ize0

  • http://www.supermatt.net/ SuperMatt

    The one thing that bugs me most… If you search for London Bridge on Google maps, it instantly drops you on Tower Bridge

  • http://www.supermatt.net/ SuperMatt

    The one thing that bugs me most… If you search for London Bridge on Google maps, it instantly drops you on Tower Bridge

  • emmlpop

    Not London related, but ask Google Maps for directions from China to Taiwan, and have a look at instruction number 48.

    • Me

      Fantastic!

      • Edward

        Also search for directions between China and America, then have a look at
        instructions #27 and 81!

  • http://twitter.com/GaspardWinckler Joe McNally

    Google Maps recently suggested to me that the best walking route between my Zone 2 flat and Sunderland involved a trip to Holland and two ferries.

  • JamesHarrison

    If you type in London Bridge in the directions (say St John Street to London Bridge) it send you to Tower Bridge.

  • JamesHarrison

    And Avis car hire Liverpool St is slap bang in the middle of The Tower  of London

  • Brett

    Apparently the Duck Pond house nr the Cabinet War Rooms in St James Park is a pharmacy ….
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=st+james+park&hl=en&ll=51.50301,-0.130223&spn=0.000576,0.001326&t=h&z=20

  • http://twitter.com/londonstuff Michael

    White City is apparently German, being known as White Stadt.

  • http://twitter.com/GuyP GuyP

    The British Museum on Twitter is marked as The British Library.
    London St Pancras is on there twice…

  • http://twitter.com/GuyP GuyP

    The British Museum on Twitter is marked as The British Library.
    London St Pancras is on there twice…

  • http://twitter.com/GuyP GuyP

    The British Museum on Twitter is marked as The British Library.
    London St Pancras is on there twice…

  • http://twitter.com/GuyP GuyP

    The British Museum on Twitter is marked as The British Library.
    London St Pancras is on there twice…

  • http://twitter.com/GuyP GuyP

    The British Museum on Twitter is marked as The British Library.
    London St Pancras is on there twice…

  • http://twitter.com/GuyP GuyP

    The British Museum on Twitter is marked as The British Library.
    London St Pancras is on there twice…

  • http://twitter.com/GuyP GuyP

    The British Museum on Twitter is marked as The British Library.
    London St Pancras is on there twice…

    • Srina

      GuyP, did you mean …is marked on on Google maps instead of …on Twitter? Because I noticed the same mistake yesterday, on Google maps! I was funny.

  • http://twitter.com/GuyP GuyP

    The British Museum on Twitter is marked as The British Library.
    London St Pancras is on there twice…

  • Paul

    Not sure I would have fancied being in Russell Square on the day the Aerial Photos were taken …. I can only assume they use Satalite photographs these days 

    • Vanessa Richards

      If you go to South Totttenham station, we’ve got the same…

    • Vanessa Richards

      If you go to South Totttenham station, we’ve got the same…

  • http://twitter.com/fractos Adam Christie

    There’s a cinema on King Street in Hammersmith with a name in Japanese.

  • http://twitter.com/GuyP GuyP

    Victoria Station is called “The Victoria” !

  • http://twitter.com/GuyP GuyP

    …and Mezzanine in the South Bank Centre is in (I think) Hebrew.

  • Lisamoab

    Did wonder about Southwark Station… Oddest I found was working in Mongolia and in Xinjiang, China, where several Ohio towns showed up. For London, though, the Russell Square ‘sculpture’ is still my fave ;>

  • Andre

    I once found another place in Japanese!! I should have taken a print screen!!

  • http://twitter.com/ianheydon Ian

    White City seems to be German – it’s labelled as “White Stadt”

  • http://twitter.com/ianheydon Ian

    White City seems to be German – it’s labelled as “White Stadt”

  • http://twitter.com/ianheydon Ian

    White City seems to be German – it’s labelled as “White Stadt”

  • dta

    KFC in tottenham

  • Zach

    In google earth (and google maps apparently) there is a narwhal in the Thames across from Millbank Tower. It can be seen in Google Earth at 51°29’30.82″ N 0°07’28.59″ .

  • Zach

    In google earth (and google maps apparently) there is a narwhal in the Thames across from Millbank Tower. It can be seen in Google Earth at 51°29’30.82″ N 0°07’28.59″ .

  • http://twitter.com/goldenlad Steve James

    The Transport Museum in Covent Garden is labelled as Acton Depot

  • http://WWW.londonremembers.com LondonRemembers

    If you zoom in reasonably close north of Hoborn tube you will see that part of Southampton Row have been names ‘Northampton Row’.  Which section?  The Northern section of course.

  • http://twitter.com/LDNOlympics2012 Laura Porter

    I searched for ‘Tower of London’ and Google Maps pinpointed the Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament/Big Ben. Oops.

  • http://twitter.com/LDNOlympics2012 Laura Porter

    I searched for ‘Tower of London’ and Google Maps pinpointed the Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament/Big Ben. Oops.

  • http://LondonRemembers.com LondonRemembers

    Are we still collecting these?  Search on Balcombe Street, NW1  , zoom in once and the street is renamed after a famous historical event.

  • Nancy

    Apparently Hackney’s Daubeney Road, on the junction of Redwald Road, is host to:

    “The Office of Deputy Prime Minister of Kingdom of God” http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Daubeney+Road,+Hackney&hl=en&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=13.313739,43.286133&vpsrc=0&t=m&z=16