Spotify has opened a research and development hub in its new London office.
It marks the streaming giant’s first major tech centre outside of the US and its home country of Sweden. The R&D team in London represents skills across engineering, product, design, data, research and insights.
Located in the Adelphi Building, near the Strand, Spotify’s new offices will ultimately house Spotify’s wider London workforce, who will be moving into the offices later in 2019.
Tom Connaughton, MD of Spotify UK, said: “The UK is famous all over the world for the musical talent that originates here and the strength of the music industry here. As one of Spotify’s biggest markets, it makes perfect sense to expand our team here, and to tap into the large and diverse talent pool to be found in London.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, added: “London is the best place in Europe for tech companies to find a wealth of diverse talent. Spotify’s expansion is a further sign that London is open to ground-breaking technology.”
Spotify has marked the opening by creating a Made In London playlist, featuring The Clash, Dizzee Rascal, Amy Winehouse and David Bowie.