Window shop this Holiday season at home with the help of Google Maps
The leisurely window-shopper might be forgiven for feeling rather ambivalent towards Christmas, a time of lavish shop-displays – and of crowds of people getting in the way.
Google’s latest online tool solves this problem, by allowing you to tread the streets of world shopping capitals such as London and New York.
The tool, Google Maps Business View, allows surfers to avoid the cold weather, heavy bags and huge numbers of people associated with Oxford Street or Fifth Avenue at this time of year.
It is similar to Google Street view – where the facades of properties on public highways can be viewed – but the shop-fronts of various flagship stores have been updated to show their festive window displays. It is also possible to take a 360-degree tour of the stores.
From the comfort of your own home, you can browse the sparkling display at Liberty, which is awash with gold – and toys – or salivate with wonder at the gingerbread house at Selfridges nearby.
Jake Brunton is a computer science and IT student, who writes technology and gaming articles for EWTNet, and is the Head of Development and Co-founder of EWTNet. He writes poetry, sings, and enjoys anime in his free time, among other things that are modestly enjoyable.