Village street named most romantic

Despite the somewhat menacing name of the village it is found in, a road in Lower Slaughter has been named Britain's most romantic street.

Copse Hill Road in Gloucestershire bagged the prize in the Google Street View Awards.

Front Street in Bamburgh, Northumberland and Edinburgh's Royal Mile came second and third respectively in the vote for the most romantic street.

The awards were devised by Google to celebrate Britain's spectacular streets.

South Shore Road in Gateshead won the award for the hippest street, while Bondgate Within in Alnwick was voted the best shopping street to make it a double success for the north east.

Calum Milne, who manages a hotel in the village of Lower Slaughter, said: "I am chuffed to bits. What a wonderful accolade for such a beautiful village."

Cotswolds tourism manager Chris Dee added: "It's 1, the Cotswolds is for lovers! We know how many of our visitors use Street View, it's an incredible resource for tourism.

"We are thrilled that this typical Cotswold street has been voted the essence of English romance by romantic Google users from around the world."

More than 20,000 people voted for the awards once the streets were shortlisted by a panel of experts.

Meanwhile, a research conducted by Google revealed that Britons use Street View an average of twice a week and more than half (55%) make use of the technology to plan a visit to a UK tourist attraction.

Laura Scott from Google said: "The Google Street View Awards celebrate the many fantastic streets that Britain has to offer.

"The results reveal a diverse cultural landscape; from romantic hot spots to hip destinations and shopping locations, these are now firmly on the map."

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