Ten then-and-now views of London from Google’s new Street View time machine

Posted at 3:30 pm, May 9, 2014 in Photos of London
heron tower then

Remember 2008? Boris had just kicked Ken out of City Hall, selfies had yet to be invented, The Shard was nothing more than a model in an architect’s office and every single Londoner was convinced the Olympics were going to be total shit. In short, the city was a very different place six years ago, with old icons being bulldozed and new ones springing up.

Now, thanks to Google Street View’s nifty new ‘time machine’ feature (click the little clock in the top-left corner when you’re in Street View), we can study the changing face of London – and indeed, anywhere else – in more detail than ever before.

Here are some key things London has lost and gained since Google started snapping our streets in 2008.

shard then

LOST:
Some lovely, inoffensive-looking air just minding its own business.

shard now

GAINED:
The Shard.

olympic park then

LOST:
Loads of pylons and a blue clown car.

olympic park now

GAINED:
A BLOODY MASSIVE OLYMPIC PARK.

banksy then

LOST:
Banksy being political about surveillance and that.

banksy now

GAINED:
A grey wall.

astoria then

LOST:
The Astoria and some kebabs.

astoria now

GAINED:
Loads of blue boards, some cranes and builders holding cups (and, eventually, Crossrail).

class war then

LOST:
Pink walls instigating social friction.

class war now

GAINED:
Some lovely new flats.

dalston junction then

LOST:
Blue boards, cranes, scaffolding.

dalston junction now

GAINED:
Some lovely new flats.

old street then

LOST:
iPod adverts and whatever it was that was in that corner of Old Street roundabout before those ruddy huge glass flats were built.

old street now

GAINED:
Some ruddy huge glass flats.

heron tower then

LOST:
Literally nothing. Some flies?

heron tower now

GAINED:
The rather majestic-looking Heron Tower.

plinth then

LOST:
Some stuff on a plinth.

plinth now

GAINED:
Some stuff on a plinth (since replaced by some other stuff on a plinth).

stratford then

LOST:
Nice pair of hanging baskets.

stratford now

GAINED:
Lovely golden petals.

Hankering for some more glimpses of the good old days? Check out these galleries:
Tube stations: then and now
Soho: then and now
Stratford: then and now

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