Where you can order UberEats
UberEats first launched in California in 2014 and has since expanded to 17 cities in the US. The UK is the second market for UberEats in Europe after it launched in Paris last year.
The hotly anticipated launch will put it in competition with one of London's most popular startups, Deliveroo. However, the well-established British firm now delivers in 12 countries around the world and several cities across the UK, with 1,500 riders delivering across the capital alone. Founded in 2013, it signed a high profile deal with Pizza Express to deliver the popular chain's food in the UK for the first time, adding to other well-known names such as Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) and Carluccio's. The startup, backed with $100m (£71m) in funding from the likes of Accel, Index Ventures and Greenoaks Capital, remains confident, however. Read more: Uber's hungry for even more cash “The entrance of UberEats would show there’s a lot of demand for new approaches to food delivery in the UK. Indeed, we believe we’ve created a whole new market," a Deliveroo spokesperson told City A.M. when it was first confirmed that UberEats would soon be coming to the capital, less than two weeks ago.
"We differentiate from the competition through our passion and focus on great quality food. We’ve built strong relationships with many fantastic restaurant brands throughout the UK as well as internationally. We’re growing on average 25 per cent month-on-month, and constantly expanding into new cities. We see enormous room for further growth and innovation in this sector.”The popularity of food delivery in the UK created one of its most well-known startup success stories with Just Eat, which floated in 2014 with a so-called unicorn valuation of more than $1bn. Meanwhile, one of London's Uber-based car-hailing rivals, Gett, has also experimented with delivering food and drink, including salads, champagne and wine.