Monday, July 23, 2012

Welcome to London with Google Maps

If you are lucky enough to be visiting London this summer for the 2012 Olympic Games then check out these handy Google Maps that should help you get the most out of your trip.

Sightseeing

The Museum of London's Street Museum app, for both Android and iPhones, is a nice guide to London's past. The app uses your phone's GPS to display historical photographs and information of the places immediately around you, from the museum's extensive collection of images.

The UK's Blue Plaque scheme is a way of commemorating the lives of famous and important people. Blue circular signs are erected on houses to indicate that someone of note was born or once lived there.

The PlaqueGuide is a Google Map of the UK's blue plaque houses and can be used to find blue plaque buildings near your current location.

Getting Around


London is a very large city that can be very confusing to travel around, especially if you are a visitor to the UK capital. CityMapper London can help you navigate the city by providing you with bus, subway, cycling and walking directions. Or, if you want to get a taxi, it can give you an estimated cost for your journey.

Next Bus London shows the location of London bus stops and informs you how long you will have to wait to catch the next bus.

There are around 7,000 red buses in London transporting passengers on over 700 different routes. BusIt London is a bus route planner that can help you navigate London's extensive bus network.

The Barclays Cycle Hire Map shows the location of over 400 special docking stations around the UK capital where you can hire a bike and avoid the busy public transit system.
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