“ Find out where all London's favourite the shopping streets are located. „
Before Google Streetview came along, www.Streetsensation.co.uk was one of my favourite most used/visited websites!!
Remember the days when you couldn't remember the name of the shop or restaurant you wanted? You knew exactly where it was located, could remember the shops either side of it, but just couldn't remember what it was called? Then www.Streetsensation.co.uk could help!!
Streetsensation is "Entire streetscapes showing over 3500 shops, bars and restaurants in the liveliest areas of London - Oxford Street and Regent Street; Portobello Road and Notting Hill; the King's Road in Chelsea; Carnaby Street; Covent Garden, Bond Street; Knightsbridge; Soho and Chinatown; Islington and Camden"
It's an easy to navigate website, broken up in to suburbs/areas in London, and then further broken down by streets on east/west or north/south sides.
It's easy to "walk" along the street looking at the shops. The shop or restaurant name, address and often website site is easily visible so you can find anything you are looking for.
The streets are colour coded on an easy to use map, and you can select streets you want to view from the street listing or the map.
They also have a section for newly opened shops and the area/streets they are located in.
I've found this website super helpful when you are trying to remember the name of a shop, trying to work out where they are located/what's near by, or even if they are still open! As the pictures are current it also shows what the shops look like at the moment and even lists vacant sites. It's a geat way to explore an area, and let your "fingers do the walking"!!
The "Streetsensation" is not as "flash" as Google Streetview. For instance you can't do 360 degree views. Rather "Streetsensation" is a series of photos joined together to form a "panoramic" type streetscape. Simple, basic but it works.
It's free to use, but you can also buy 20 downloadable maps for £4. I can't comment on this service and the quality of these maps as I've not used them. But they certainly seem like a good idea (but you can probably get the same thing from Google or similar for free though).
Overall I highly recommend www.Streetsensation.co.uk
Whilst I'm saddened to say I don't use it as much now with the release of Google's Streetview, I still find it a very useful tool and one of my favourite websites!!