Google Street View Goes Inside London's Train Stations

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By M@ Last edited 51 months ago
Google Street View Goes Inside London's Train Stations

The increasingly off-road Street View just launched 360-degree interactives for London's main termini. As well as serving as a moderately interesting lunch-break diversion, the new visuals might be genuinely useful for anyone seeking orientation before visiting a station for the first time. You can also pretend to be a News of the World journalist by zooming right into people's laptops and mobiles (though never quite close enough to fully snoop).

We tried it out in Fenchurch Street, a station we hardly ever get to visit. Here are a few things we found out about the Square Mile terminus:

Google's face-blurring tech is still in place, unless you're Prince William.
Google's face-blurring tech is still in place, unless you're Prince William.
Holy shit, the toilets are haunted...
Holy shit, the toilets are haunted...
...better send security in.
...better send security in.
Watch out for this fellah, on the platform. He doggedly follows Google's cameraman through the station.
Watch out for this fellah, on the platform. He doggedly follows Google's cameraman through the station.
Here he is again. Actually, come to think of it, how did we get here without an Oyster card?
Here he is again. Actually, come to think of it, how did we get here without an Oyster card?
We found this mirror on the concourse, which shows you what Google's camera gear looks like.
We found this mirror on the concourse, which shows you what Google's camera gear looks like.

Last Updated 27 November 2013

Mark H

Google's street view canera looks like an NHS Dalek.

martin

Speaking of Daleks, the Street View cameras were also in Television Centre before it closed - during the filming of An Adventure in Space and Time. You can't quite see where the Dalek was parked in the foyer (there's a tour group in the way), but you can see the TARDIS: http://goo.gl/maps/xd3Re and some corridors dressed to look like they're in the 70s: http://goo.gl/maps/k94SC

There's loads to explore there - including the old Blue Peter set ( http://goo.gl/maps/4Rvn5 ), the BBC Club ( http://goo.gl/maps/RtkUo ), Studio 7 ( http://goo.gl/maps/bDNSd ) and various technical areas ( http://goo.gl/maps/XVuo0 )