Here at Google London, our Sales teams focus on helping our customers grow their businesses throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We’re also one of Google’s largest engineering operations in Europe, and the biggest office in the UK, working on Google Play, Search, AdSense and more.
We’re one of Google’s largest engineering operations in Europe.
Number of London Googlers: About the sum of the totient function for the first 82 integers.
Some of our conference rooms are named: Archimedes, Newton, Watson.
Distance from Belgrave House to Buckingham Palace, in miles: 0.6
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
Located just a hop, skip and a jump away from our regional headquarters in Dublin, Google’s London office is one of our biggest and busiest offices. Jobs at Google London are focused around our Engineering and Sales teams, although we also have folks working in Legal, People Operations (HR), Finance and Communications. Google engineers in London have a hand in some of our core products, including Google Play, Android, Search, and AdSense. At the other end of the business, our Sales teams help support Google’s customers throughout the region.
At the moment, our offices are spread across three sites in Central London. Engineering teams find their home in the futuristic, Starship Enterprise-like Belgrave House, just a half mile from Buckingham Palace. Across the way, People Operations is settled in Building 123, while Sales and YouTube make a home near Tottenham Court Road at our chic Central Saint Giles site. On top of the offices for Googlers, we’ve acquired space at one of London’s newest innovation hubs, called Campus, where we offer space for young companies and entrepreneurs to collaborate and further their ideas. We’re also in the process of designing a whole new facility near King’s Cross station which will unify our London staff in one brand-new campus.
We have our share of fun, Googley events happening about town, as when we teamed up with the crew of DevArt partnerships, we’ve challenged developers to use their coding skills to create technological works of art. Past winners have had their work on display at museums around the world. This year’s commissioned artists will be on display at the Barbican Centre’s Digital Revolution exhibit.
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?
There are a number of Engineering teams in London. Folks here on the tech side have their hands on some of most exciting technical challenges in the business, entertainment and financial industries. Engineers in London work on some of Google’s most well known products including: YouTube, Google Play, Android, Search, AdSense, Google Maps, and many others.
Other than Engineering, what other kinds of roles are available in London?
Sales roles in London support both large customers and small business accounts in the UK. We also have a smaller number of Googlers who work in Communications, Finance, People Operations (HR) and Legal.
How is London different from other Google locations?
Not all Google offices have a sales side as well as a big engineering presence. Having both in one city helps us have a great sense of community. We love a quirky, independent design sensibility, and our offices have it in spades. A ‘Secret Garden’ themed roofdeck looks out over the city. Our British pride shines through in the Union Jack-adorned walls and vintage-inspired meeting rooms. One padded-cell room has the look and feel of a Bond villain’s lair, complete with submarine-like spinning wheel hatches. And though we’re spread out over several locations in the city, that’s set to change in the near future. We’re hard at work planning a brand new campus near King’s Cross and St. Pancras Stations. Though the expansion is a few years off, it’s hard not be excited.
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.
What’s going on with this Campus building?
Google is helping to advance the technology scene in London by providing collaborative workspace and mentorship to startups. At the seven-floor space in Shoreditch, enterprising minds across all levels of startup development–from seed ideas to established businesses–can get feedback and advice from industry experts, both within Google and beyond.
Has anyone interesting come to visit the Google London office?
We’ve been lucky enough to have some interesting guests stop by. Jamie Oliver took a peek inside our kitchens. The Scissor Sisters have performed here. Kylie Minogue stopped in for a Q&A. Investigative journalist Nick Davies shared insights on WikiLeaks. Richard Dawkins has spoken on the power of science. Oh, and Queen Elizabeth dropped by.
How does Google London give back?
During our annual GoogleServe campaign, London Googlers spent time volunteering in local schools and tech programs. Hundreds Googlers in London joined in. Some took part in environmental initiatives, like cleanups along the banks of the Thames, while others joined forces to prepare meals for children undergoing cancer treatments. We also hosted the 2013 UK Global Impact Summit, which awarded more than £500,000 to UK nonprofits that use technology to create a safer, faster and better world.
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