Google maps show off a new 3D version of London

The world can now explore London in greater detail from a computer screen, as Google Maps today launches 3D mapping of the capital.

The online mapping experts were able to recreate the entire city in 3D using 45-degree aerial imagery. Famous landmarks such as Parliament, the Shard and Tower Bridge can be seen in stunning detail, with computer users able to pan around the iconic buildings for a complete view.

St Paul's Cathedral Credit: Google Maps

The 3D images also allow London's famous sky line to be shown in its full glory, giving viewers a true impression of the capital's tallest and most treasured buildings.

Aerial view looking along the River Thames Credit: Google Maps

An aerial shot shows how built-up the city is with homes and offices, punctuated with spires, skyscrapers and more unusually-shaped buildings such as the Gherkin and the "walkie-talkie" tower.

The City of London and The Shard Credit: Google Maps
The London Eye Credit: Google Maps

London is the fifth city in the UK to be represented in 3D after Birmingham, Leeds, Reading and Stoke on Trent.