Oh, we’ve waited patiently. We’ve never complained. We’ve twiddled our thumbs and admired Anthropologie.com politely from afar on blogs and in American mags since 1992, with never a moan or a mutter. We waited for the genius Mr Hayne, of Urban Outfitters fame, to remember little ol’ Europe, pack his designer suitcase full of eclectic homewares, and pop over here to open a shop. And now, he’s finally answered our prayers. The UK’s first Anthropologie opens at 158 Regent Street, London, this Friday 23rd October, but I’m going to the sneaky peek press launch at the store tomorrow. Be rude not to really.

Picture 20There’s a Kings Road store planned soon, too, and the online shop Anthropologie.co.uk is launching in spring 2010 to spread the love to the rest of Europe. I haven’t been this excited since 1987, at my 5th birthday party, when I had to be shut in a room to calm down because it was all too much fun and I was in danger of actually popping with joy. Anthropologie, welcome to the UK. We love you. – Ellie

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We’re just having a play around with Street View, which was launched today by Google for 25 cities in the UK. It lets you view and navigate 360 degree street-level imagery – using the ‘Pegman’ icon you can literally walk up to your front door. It was launched in May 2007 in countries such USA, Japan, Australia and France, and has been very popular, but was only launched in the UK and Netherlands today. It’s also available in Google Earth and on Google Maps for Mobile.

 

It’s a great tool as you can suss out a house you want to buy before viewing, check out a restaurant area before you go, make travel plans, arrange meeting points, get help with geography homework, or just explore and discover new parts of your town.

Try it yourself – it’s a bit addictive, especially for a nosey neighbour like me!

Type in your postcode, press Enter, then drag the yellow ‘Pegman’ to where you live – the red spot marked A: maps.google.co.uk/streetview

And if you’re looking for expert advice on moving house, click here and download the Ideal Home checklist – – For more tips on how to use Google Street View click onto WebUser – Emily

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