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Google's 3D London Map: The Odd Bits

Google's 3D London Map: The Odd Bits

Google isn't the first company to release a three-dimensional map of London, but its rendering of the capital is easily the best we've seen so far. That's not to say it doesn't come with its fair share of oddities, bloopers and strange limitations, however. Click through the gallery below for a few of the curiosities we've discovered so far.

Gloop, gloop. Poor old HMS Belfast appears to be stuck in the mud and sinking fast.
Gloop, gloop. Poor old HMS Belfast appears to be stuck in the mud and sinking fast.
Sometimes, the 3D rendering stops abruptly. Here's the park around Alexandra Palace. The trees are beautifully rendered, but the palace is flat as a damp doily.
Sometimes, the 3D rendering stops abruptly. Here's the park around Alexandra Palace. The trees are beautifully rendered, but the palace is flat as a damp doily.
Minor oddity, this one, but the National Theatre's pop-up red thing appears to have only three towers (from any angle). Yet the shadow of the fourth is clearly visible.
Minor oddity, this one, but the National Theatre's pop-up red thing appears to have only three towers (from any angle). Yet the shadow of the fourth is clearly visible.
South West Trains debuts its new streamlined rolling stock on the tracks near Waterloo.
South West Trains debuts its new streamlined rolling stock on the tracks near Waterloo.
The world's most famous clock appears to have some timekeeping issues.
The world's most famous clock appears to have some timekeeping issues.
You can now locate Esther McVey MP in three glorious dimensions. She's hiding in the hammerbeam roof of Westminster Hall, and who can blame her.
You can now locate Esther McVey MP in three glorious dimensions. She's hiding in the hammerbeam roof of Westminster Hall, and who can blame her.
Think we'll leave the Monument's viewing gallery to the pigeons.
Think we'll leave the Monument's viewing gallery to the pigeons.
You're out of luck if you live in the area between Victoria Park and the Liverpool St mainline. This area forms a deep pocket that the 3D rendering has yet to touch. It's the only such invagination we could find around the borders.
You're out of luck if you live in the area between Victoria Park and the Liverpool St mainline. This area forms a deep pocket that the 3D rendering has yet to touch. It's the only such invagination we could find around the borders.

Let us know about any other oddness in the comments. You'll find 3D London in Google Maps on the satellite view.

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Last Updated 16 July 2015

Meanwhile

Here.com has 3D maps extending well beyond Google's. Walthamstow, Stratford (admittedly under construction), Woolwich, Brixton...

Rich Thomas

I work in a building that borders a basin on the canal. There's a big tidal wave smooshing up as far as our second floor. Wheee! The poor old canal boats don't seem best pleased about it.

me

most boring blog ever,,, congrats