Like London itself, Google London is a crossroads, a place where people come to share ideas and innovate. Our engineers develop products used by millions, and our sales teams serve markets across the U.K.
We’re one of Google’s largest engineering operations in Europe.
Number of London Googlers: About three times the third perfect number
Some of our conference rooms are named: Edsac, Kew Gardens, Carrot, Beetroot
Distance from Belgrave House to Buckingham Palace, in miles: 0.5
Google UK Ltd
76 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9TQ
Google UK Ltd
1-13 St Giles High Street
London WC2H 8AG
Phone: +44 (0)20-7031-3000
Inside Google London
We're the company's second-largest engineering office in Europe and home to global sales and marketing teams. In other words, we're a diverse lot.
Our engineering Googlers have worked on products from Android to AdSense to Offers. In sales, we serve advertisers big and small across the U.K.
We have three offices in central London. One office has a double-decker bus on the third floor. Another, with a Brighton theme, has colorful beach-hut and bumper-car meeting rooms and a mural of Brighton Pier. And our engineering Googlers voted on their workplace décor, so their office looks like something straight out of a sci-fi film (more Star Trek: The Next Generation than Star Trek).
When we’re not working, you’ll find us enjoying sushi or tapas in one of our cafeterias, playing music in our recording studio, or taking a boxing, spinning or yoga class.
It’s a fun place, with a great, bottom-up culture and lots of important work. And you can get from our office to Victoria station in 60 seconds. We’ve timed it.- David Singleton, Engineering Director
Google London: Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of engineering work does Google London do?
We’ve worked on everything from advertising to privacy and security. We currently work on a variety of products like Android, AdSense, Google Play and Offers.
And what kind of sales work?
We support advertisers in retail, media & entertainment, finance, travel, automotive, business & industrial, technology, consumer products and healthcare.
How is London different from other Google locations?
Most offices outside Mountain View focus on engineering or sales; we do both, and have a slew of Googlers working on our operations, as well. Like Googlers elsewhere, we get to have all kinds of fun and partake in amazing cultural events (like when Richard Dawkins and Andy Sewell came to visit), all while doing great work that can change the way the world communicates and does business. But unlike them, we get to be in London.
Is there anything especially cool about Google London’s offices?
We have antique red telephone boxes, so our Googlers get to make private calls someplace that’s just a bit out of the ordinary. We have Underground-style maps showing where meeting rooms are located. We have lightshades that look like bowler hats, and lounge areas kitted out to look like famous London parks, with benches, flowerbeds and rowboats. We have a Brighton-themed office, with video conference rooms shaped like dice (a nod to Brighton’s casinos). Our engineers voted to have their office designed to look like a sci-fi spaceship interior, and we just built a cinema in one of our offices. And we’re in great locations: while working out in the gym in London’s West End, you’ll have views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. You just can’t beat that.
Has anyone interesting come to visit the Google London office?
Like most Google offices, we bring in speakers, authors, comedians and performers to cultivate a culture of learning and growing. So we’ve had our fair share of celebrity visitors. Like the Scissor Sisters (they performed for us). And Jamie Oliver. Oh, yeah, and Queen Elizabeth. (Top that, Mountain View.)
How about the East London location? What’s going on there?
We want to support the local tech community. So we are leasing a building in the heart of Tech City. There, we’re providing space for developers and start-ups to build their businesses. The idea is to create a launch pad for London’s entrepreneurs.
How else are you involved with the community?
Our Googlers volunteer to do everything from paint flats and plant gardens to clean school playgrounds and visit the elderly. We turn our Friday town halls – a.k.a. TGIFs – into fundraising events for causes like a local provider of guide dogs for the blind, and held a comedy fundraiser to benefit victims of the 2011 natural disasters in Japan and New Zealand. We’ve run hackathons aimed at helping children and the elderly use technology. And many of our Googlers are mentors with the Cherie Blair Foundation, which helps female entrepreneurs in emerging economies. Our engineers even teamed up to build the Foundation a new technology platform.
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