The River Thames in London has become the first river in Europe to have the Google Street view treatment.

Using Google maps you can now virtually sail up and down the river for around 30 miles.

The Port of London Authority (PLA) asked Google if they would be interested in mapping the river in a simmalr fashion to other world features such as the grand cannyon.

Google UK used its Trekker camera to capture 15 images each 2.5 seconds, traversing up the Thames for 30 miles. The complete map runs from Woolwich to Richmond.

Street view on the River Thames, London

Street view on the River Thames, London

Ed Parsons, Geospatial technologist at Google UK, said:

The river also offers some of the most scenic and iconic views of London from arguably the best vantage points the city has to offer, and we are thrilled to be able to work with the PLA so that users from around the world can experience the Thames through Street View.

Street View now provides 360-degree views of over 3,000 cities around the globe. Google UK are currently undertaking a similar exercise of large parts of the UKs canal network.

Sail the Thames Street view from Woolwich to Richmond

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