Uber makes move to east London

Aldgate Tower has announced taxi booking service Uber is setting up new headquarters in the 17-storey east London development.

Taxi booking service Uber moves headquarters from King’s Cross to Aldgate Tower

Uber is taking 40,000 square feet of space on the lower ground, first and second floors of the state-of-the-art building, which opened in December last year and has attracted interest from BskyB and the Maersk Group.

Current tenants in the building include WeWork, which offers high-end office space to start-ups, and TAG Worldwide.

The 317,000 sq ft tower, on the boundary of the City of London and close to start-up centre Shoreditch, is the first phase of a wider regeneration of the Aldgate area.

Uber, which was founded in 2008 by Stumbleupon creator Garrett Camp and Red Swoosh’s Travis Kalanick, has seen rapid growth thanks to its cheap rates and user-friendly smartphone service.

It is relocating from its current UK headquarters in King’s Cross after chief executive Kalanick said the service could create 50,000 jobs in Europe.

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