The whole city on your screen

The River Thames is on Google Street View now.

The group took pictures every 2.5 seconds along 30 miles of the river using a tricycle based camera last summer. The Thames is the first river in Europe to be mapped by this technology.

The view of popular attractions, such as the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and the London Eye, is available. Places more distant from the central area, as the Richmond Bridge, are also there.

The Maritime Journal says there are plans to map London’s canals.

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Google had previously announced virtual visiting of other fascinating places:

  • Tate Britain: International modern and contemporary art and the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day.
  • Tate Modern: Britain’s gallery of international modern art.
  • The National Gallery: It houses one of the world’s greatest collections of Western European paintings; contains over 2,300 works.
  • The Gatwick Airport, the second largest and busiest airport of England, just behind Heathrow.
  • Paddington, Victoria, King’s Cross, St. Pancras, Charing Cross, Waterloo, London Bridge, Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street train stations.

The Garden Bridge

Official poster invites Londoners to have a say on the project / Photo: tfl.gov.uk

Local government is calling Londoners to give their opinion about a bold project: they want to make a(nother) bridge over the Thames, or rather, a footbridge in the middle of a garden.

The project is called “Garden Bridge” and is headed by The Garden Bridge Trust, a charity created just to promote it and raise funds for its building.

The source of the money was the first questioning of the population. It is hard to invest in something extra when there are problems in health and education, among others. However, the government ensures that the £ 60 million required will come from private investors – or there will be no Garden Bridge.

Bridge Perspective / Photo: http://www.heatherwick.com

Undoubtedly, it is a structure to make the scenery even more beautiful, a new landmark of the city sought and packed with tourists. Project drawings leave no doubt.

But necessity indeed may not exist.The very well known Tower Bridge was built in the late nineteenth century because poor London Bridge could not stand the traffic of carriages and people in the central region anymore. Traffic jams were constant. Queen Victoria opened a contest to choose the best design and in eight years it was done.

Today, it is possible to cross the Thames in Greater London in 34 bridges. Londoners have until December 20 to give their views on the implementation of this one, which would be the 35th, built between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.

The project was developed by agencies Heatherwick Studio, Dan Pearson Studio and Arup, which won a contest taken by Transport for London (TfL) in June. Heatherwick was also the winner of a competition to choose a new design for the buses in 2010. “Boris buses” can now be used in four routes since replacement is gradual.

The latest bridge opened in London was the Millennium Bridge in 2000, also for pedestrians. It was then closed for security reasons and reopened in 2002.

View at dusk / Photo: http://www.heatherwick.com

Access to the bridge from Arundel Street / Photo: http://www.heatherwick.com