Google Local UK has now launched. Not listed? Some data is gathered in partnership with Yell.com. Want to search locally on your mobile? A Google Local SMS service is also offered (though doesn't appear fully implemented yet). It's supposed to be similar to what rolled out for the US last week. Texting instructions for Google Local UK are here.
Can't wait? UK's 192.com Directory Database Relaunches; Aerial Images for Many UK Locations Available from Gary earlier this month explains another service you can try for those aerial views. You can also try TerraServer, World Wind (see Gary's review),