This article showcases our top picks for the best London based Travel companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Travel industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top London Travel Companies
Stasher services a major travel need connecting short-term visitors with a network of local hotels and shops who have space to securely store luggage. The Stasher platform allows its customers to book online.
The storage can be booked in advance or on the day. Stasher was founded on September 2015 and is headquartered in London, England..
Skyports is an urban air mobility infrastructure provider and drone delivery operator for aviation and managing end to end drone deliveries. The company secures, designs, builds, owns and operates passenger and cargo vertiports enabling safe and efficient flight operations within urban and suburban environments.
It also develops, implements, and operates end-to-end drone deliveries overcoming inefficiencies associated with traditional transportation methods. Skysports intends to use the funds to continue its ambitious program of site acquisition for passenger and cargo vertiports in cities around the world, including Singapore and Los Angeles.
The company works with vehicle manufacturers and operators, city authorities, regulators and real estate partners to build landing infrastructure are suitable and convenient locations across cities, thereby creating resilient infrastructure networks that enable safe and efficient operations of passenger and cargo drones. Skysports was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in London, England, UK..
Its headquarters is in London in the United Kingdom.. Mereo’s internal expertise is complemented by a unique partnership with a leading global CRO, ICON.
Mereo combines the operational discipline and efficiency of a small company with the financial resources to conduct comprehensive clinical studies. Mereo will rapidly progress each of the products through further value inflection points before partnering or divesting its products.
Fornova empowers hotels to optimise revenue and distribution while reducing costs and improving forecasting. We are on a mission to turn data into intelligence and align the entire hotel organization (from revenue and distribution to sales, e-Commerce and operations) so they can make smarter decisions together.
Fornova is the only hospitality BI solution provider that has corporate agreements with the majority of the world’s top 10 largest hotel chains, as well as the biggest global OTAs, while also serving hundreds of smaller brands and independent hotels. Using our patented VisualScan technology, we monitor over 75 thousand websites and conduct more than 1.25 billion price comparisons every month.
Founded in 2010, we have grown our team to over 150 members, with offices in London, Amsterdam, New York, Israel, Belarus, Ukraine and India.. .
The world’s first travel subscription company Billed as the ‘Netflix of Travel’ by the Telegraph and featured on CNBC as the ‘Future of Travel’, BeRightBack (BRB) is the World’s first travel subscription service that delivers 3 surprise trips per year to European destinations, with flights and hotel included, for a fixed monthly fee. BRB aims to remove all the hassle for millennial travellers by completely transforming their pre-travel experience.
No more spending hours trawling travel sites to find the perfect hotel and flights or being hit by price hikes just before booking. Creating a trip with BRB takes 60 seconds and their subscription model makes it easy for subscribers to save and budget for their travel..
Abellio operates public transport services in Europe, with both bus and rail networks. It was founded as NedRailways in 2001, before being renamed Abellio in October 2009.
It is the international arm of the Dutch national rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen. Abellio bought Probo Bus and ran its network in the Czech Republic in 2009.
It consisted of regional bus transport in the Beroun District and surroundings and some long-distance bus lines between Prague and South and West Bohemia.. .
SKOOT is a Carbon Negative Lift-Sharing App that connects Friends who drive with Friends who need lifts or help.. The Risk Ledger platform combines a secure social network with a risk management platform to enable organisations to run a gold standard risk assurance programme against their vendors while making it painless for vendors of all sizes to respond to risk assurance assessments through a ‘do once, use many’ assessment model.
Risk Ledger won the National Cyber Security Centre’s 2019 CyberDen competition and the 2019 TechUK Cyber Innovation Den competition. Organisations running a risk assurance programme using Risk Ledger benefit from scaling their programme up to a higher proportion of their vendors due to low per-supplier costs, simple, efficient work flows, a standardised assessment framework, high quality continuous vendor monitoring and insight beyond third-parties to fourth, fifth and sixth parties.
Suppliers benefit from free access to the platform where they can complete one comprehensive assessment for each risk domain and share that assessment with any client who runs risk assurance against them – saving a significant amount of time and effort by doing away with spreadsheet and word based questionnaires.. .
Polymateria was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in London, England, UK.. .
British Airways is the UK’s largest international airline and one of the world’s leading global premium carriers. Its principal place of business is London, the world’s largest premium travel market, with significant presence at Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports.
British Airways’ main home at Heathrow is Terminal 5, which has been voted the world’s Best Airport Terminal by airline travellers across the globe in the latest SkyTrax survey. Operating one of the most extensive international scheduled airline route networks, together with its joint business agreement, codeshare and franchise partners, flies to more than 70 different countries.
British Airways carries almost 40 million customers a year and has a fleet of more than 280 aircraft. British Airways is a founding member of oneworld, the alliance of airlines around the globe, which together serves some 1,000 destinations across the globe..
May 2006, marked the beginning of an epic journey. Founded as a bedroom hobby, Connexin is now an international business with customers all over the world.
Going from startup to a larger business, they have stayed true to their values everyday. They owe a huge thanks to their customers who have believed and stuck with them for so long.
They hope that you will continue to be a part of our story.. .
HouseTrip is one of Europe’s largest holiday rental websites, with over 300,000 properties to choose from in thousands of destinations worldwide. HouseTrip makes it easy for guests and homeowners to find, book and list holiday rental properties securely online.
Founded by husband and wife team Arnaud Bertrand and Junjun Chen, HouseTrip went live in January 2010 and has since seen over 6,000,000 nights booked. There are HouseTrip offices in the UK (London), Switzerland (Lausanne) and Portugal (Lisbon.) HouseTrip recently received $40 million in Series C funding led by Accel Partners with existing investors Balderton Capital and Index Ventures..
SilverRail is an information technology company that specializes in the fields of passenger rail ticketing, travel distribution technology, and global rail access. SilverRail’s technology is purpose built for rail.
Our product suite spans the full customer experience. It was founded in 2009 and headquartered in London, England..
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Battersea Power Station
The iconic Grade II* listed building and surrounding area is being brought back to life as one of the most exciting and innovative mixed-use neighbourhoods in the world – a place for locals, tourists and residents to enjoy a unique blend of restaurants, shops, parks and cultural spaces. A legendary landmark that’s a symbol of hope and positivity.
Uniting people from far away and just around the corner to create a new community that’s already thriving. This is a place to work, live, shop, eat and enjoy.
Here life doesn’t feel ordinary, it feels extraordinary.. .
The company publishes [The Financial Times](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/the-financial-times), an international daily business newspaper with five editions in the U.K., Continental Europe, the U.S., Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East; and operates FT.com which sells content and advertising online as well as publishes information about the retail, personal, and institutional finance industries. Pearson Education was founded in 1844 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom..
AirPortr is a London-based technology company that works closely with the airline industry to develop and deliver innovative services that help passengers and their luggage travel to and through airports more freely. Our vision is to make global air travel simpler and easier.
In late 2016, the company launched a world first airline integrated home bag check-in and delivery service with British Airways. The digital service moved the bag drop desk online and has done away with traditional check-in at the airport.
Having booked via a partner airline channel, it allows air passengers to check-in their bags with a vetted delivery driver, powered by AirPortr’s technology. Leaving passengers free to travel to, and through, the airport at their leisure – only needing to collect their bags from baggage reclaim when they land.
The product delivers operating benefits to airlines and airports, introducing baggage to the system early, reducing queues at peak times, and enabling bags to bypass expensive to operate landside terminal areas. AirPortr is starting to be recognised as a positive disrupter to traditional thinking and design of airports – with the potential to improve capacity at scale with its distributed network of baggage input points.
The service has been identified as being totally aligned to IATA and ACI’s NEXTT strategy and vision for the future of air travel. AirPortr now works with 7 leading airline brands including Virgin Atlantic and easyJet, across 3 large UK airports – and is growing rapidly, with more airlines and airports in the pipeline for 2019..
OneTwoTrip.com is a new and innovative travel booking web site with a patented method of ticketing that saves the travel booker money and time. Launched in 2011, the web site already has millions of users globally, and presently has a team of just under 100 employees based in Europe, the USA and Russia.
The OneTwoTrip team believes that there is a lot more to be done to help travelers across the world to travel smarter, easier and faster. The best flight booking experience is just the start.
The site is currently available in English, German, Spanish, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Russian and Ukrainian.. .
Much Better Adventures
Much Better Adventures global network of specialist marketplaces are making it a doddle to book active holiday and experiences, whilst their SaaS reservation platform empowers local operators around the world with the online reservation and sales tools they need to make a great living doing what they love.. In May 2018 it launched AimBrain On Demand, a free-for-life dashboard for developers and innovators, including 1,000 free facial, voice or video/audio API calls a month, making stronger authentication free for everyone.
It has a unique, 100% proprietary portfolio of passive and active modules, underpinned by patented processes and ensemble learning, which detect the fraud other solutions can’t. Clients include Tier 1, digital and P2P banks, wealth managers, cloud service providers and tech/fintech organisations..
Pluto was started by travel lovers, for travel lovers. We believe life’s too short for mediocre travel.
You know the type. Tourist traps, soulless resorts, chain restaurants.
It’s not our jam. And if it’s not yours either, you’re in the right place.
So as a team of design enthusiasts, product people and techies, we decided to do something about it. We create tools to help travel lovers make the most of every trip.
Over time, we want to provide a suite of tools that support you through every step of your journey. Right now, we’re focused on three areas: – Making planning for a trip rewarding and hassle-free.
– Helping you discover tried and tested recommendations from like-minded travellers. – Providing top-notch protection so you have the peace of mind that you’re covered when things don’t go to plan.
Hotelmize is a machine learning-powered platform.. Digital Catapult bridges the gap between businesses of all sizes, government and academics to unlock new ways of solving real world challenges in the manufacturing and creative industries.
It provides physical and digital facilities that would otherwise not be accessible for smaller companies, helping to break down barriers to technology adoption.. .
Inspired by the luxury of first class travel and uncompromisingly designed around guests, YOTEL takes the essential elements of luxury hotels into smaller, smart spaces and deliver a sense of community with areas for co-working, social gatherings and exercise. Premium Cabins include YOTEL’s signature adjustable SmartBed™ with rejuvenating monsoon rain showers and a Technowall with adjustable mood lighting and smart TVs, multi power points and easy connectivity.
YOTEL currently operates four airport hotels under the YOTELAIR brand in London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris, Charles de Gaulle airports; and three city hotels in New York, Boston and Singapore. YOTEL is expanding rapidly with new hotels under development globally, including a YOTELAIR in Singapore Changi Airport and new city hotels in San Francisco, London Clerkenwell, Dubai, Edinburgh, Miami and Amsterdam..
Wevat makes it easy for tourists to get tax back on shopping in Europe.. Through our patented algorithm, we enable our clients to generate dynamic authentication codes in a network-less environment, that can alone be used to authenticate users.
The company was founded in 2015 and headquartered in London, England.. .
Tab is a Booking and payment platform for travellers abroad – cheaper and safer for travellers & tourist businesses.. * Cutting-edge Security Analytics & Response Orchestration platform Built by experts in data analytics, cyber offensive techniques and cyber security operations, Enorasys platform effectively automates and streamlines the “proactive threat hunting” and incident handling processes, providing Security Operations Center (SOC) and Incident Response teams with the means to hunt, track down and surgically respond to hard-to-spot malicious activity as never before.
* Unprecedented Insight on Advanced Cyber Threats Gained through hundreds of active APT simulation tests and more than 10 years of experience in responding to and assisting our clients in mitigating advanced cyber threats, our team of experts has accumulated an insight on such threats, second to none. Moreover, Encode Threat Labs enable us to stay ahead of the threat landscape, through ongoing research and development on new attack and control evasion techniques.
* Unique combination of Offensive and Defensive Expertise A key factor of our solutions is that they all encapsulate our extensive offensive and defensive expertise; knowledge build through thousands of successful engagements, ranging Extrusion Testing™ (APT Simulation Testing) and digital forensic engagements to end-to-end Cyber Defense architectures and SOC implementations for major organizations around the world. * Next Generation Managed Security Services Our 24×7 Cyber Operations & Intelligence services “even up the score” and by fusing together cutting-edge technology with best of breed cyber security operations and talent ensures that our clients will never get caught unprepared while minimizing their security management investment..
golfscape was founded in 2013 with a vision to revolutionize the golf industry with technology for the modern golfer. Today, golfscape is the industry leader providing its reservations and operations services in over 30 golf destinations across Europe, Africa, Near East, and Asia-Pacific.
golfscape’s OS platform delivers course operators next-generation tee sheets, member and visitor mobile apps, as well as revenue generating technologies and services. The golfscape team is dedicated to developing intelligent systems that empower the golf industry with tomorrow’s technology..
VizEat is a European startup that operates a “social dining platform. VizEat’s early signs of success is that the startup is playing nice and partnering with the travel industry, including marketing the service to business travellers not just tourists.
This helps to counterbalance the seasonality of tourism, ensuring that hosts can continue inviting guests to their dinner table throughout the entire year.. .
ACHICA is the members-only luxury lifestyle store. ACHICA offers its members up to 70% off luxury home, kitchen, garden childrenâ€™s, gift, travel and lifestyle brands â€“ all year round.
There are new brands every day, each lasting 48 hours and itâ€™s free to join. ACHICA uses the private sale model, which means only its members can access its products and it is closed to search engines and price comparison sites, which in turn protects the brands it promotes.
ACHICA is co-founded by online retail experts Quentin Griffiths, formerly one of the co-founders of ASOS and William Cooper former CEO of TradeDoubler, Europeâ€™s largest digital marketing company. Both partners have jointly invested in several online retail ventures since 2000 before launching their first co-owned online retail experience, ACHICA, in February 2010..
Rocco Forte Hotels
Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of prominent luxury hotels and resorts across Europe. The company is based in London and is owned by Sir Rocco Forte, son of the late hotel magnate Charles Forte.
At present, properties in the Rocco Forte portfolio include: Brown’s Hotel in London Hotel Amigo in Brussels Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg Hotel de Rome in Berlin Hotel de Russie in Rome Hotel Savoy in Florence The Lowry Hotel in Manchester The Balmoral in Edinburgh The Charles Hotel in Munich Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt All hotels are members of The Leading Hotels of the World.
The company also has plans to expand into North Africa and The Middle East, with properties in Jeddah, Cairo, Luxor and Marrakech on the horizon.. .
Other groups rely on our support to introduce them to some of the most brilliant experts, by filming their talks, presentations or meetups (including demo-ed code, slides and film footage) or they like us to help grow their community… Besides playing host to many meetup groups, we also run our very own In the Brain Series, comprising of talks by the world’s most innovative minds, often the creators of new ideas or practices, who we invite over to London to share their expertise, skills and Brain with our community.
These talks are free and we often run 2 or 3 different talks each night (except Friday, when our team goes for a drink 🙂 If you learned something new at any of our talks, the deal is you try it out at work or on your pet project and, if you learn something new whilst doing so, we hope you come back to share what you’ve learned with others in our community! We also run some 25 different conferences every year, both in London and New York. We ussually run a conference when we have discovered a new trend of ideas, technology or practice – we believe in it – and are keen to spread the word …
Our 1 or 2 day eXchanges offer a brilliant opportunity to learn all about these in a small, intimate environment where speakers and attendees mingle, share skills and attend talks. With plenty of breaks and a speaker delegate ratio of 1:6, you can really spend time directly with the creators – to learn what the technology is now, but also where it is going.
Splento provides professional photography and videography around the world. No binding contracts, no minimum spends.
On-demand. Booking online or via API/CRM.
Delivery the same day. Amongst thousands of happy customers (http://splento.com/reviews), we have event organisers, venue marketplaces, holiday rental and food delivery startups that need thousands of sessions on a regular basis, fast and to an exacting standard..
Ubio enable direct bookings and other transactional processes for metasearch. Ubiodo this with their Automation Cloud technology which can interact securely with any supplier website.
They provide a simple API for booking any travel product on a supplier website. In the current metasearch model customers are passed off to the supplier to complete a booking.
This means customers often drop off – a particular problem on mobile. And as metasearch you can’t integrate an expensive distribution system as that would defeat your price advantage.
Their automation technology allows you to control the end-to-end customer experience. Your customers remain on your site or app for the full transaction.
You build an experience for booking as smart as you already do for search – even on mobile. This keeps customers on your site, increasing your brand equity, customer loyalty and significantly enhances the overall user experience.
And of course, that adds up to much better conversion. They know direct booking is the future of metasearch, and they can provide the means for you to achieve it today..
WAYN (Where Are You Now?) is a travel & lifestyle based social network with over 20.4 million members worldwide. WAYN aims to help its members fulfill their dreams by meeting like-minded people to do cool stuff with and by sharing their intentions and experiences with others.
WAYN also allows users to keep tabs on the friends they’ve met around the world, and meet new ones as well based on things they have in common. The idea for the site was hatched after founders Jerome Touze and Peter Ward returned from a backpacking tour across the world and wanted an easy way to keep in touch with the friends they’d met across the globe.
WAYN competes with other travel-focused social networks and services like [TripUp](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/tripup), [HereOrThere](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/hereorthere), and [TravelMuse](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/travelmuse). The WAYN Founders have also launched a new dating site under the WAYN umbrella.
WAYN Dating helps people find their match based on doing what they love.. .
AVUXI has ranked the popularity of every location on Earth to provide Location Context for Travel, Real Estate and Retail. Its pioneering GeoPopularity Engine and TopPlace™ product suite offer detailed Worldwide coverage, offering the quickest answer to where are the top places in any city.
TopPlace™ products increase revenues and reduce time consuming location context data review, processing and research.. .
Troubadour Goods is a menswear fashion brand.Troubadour Goods is a London-based modern menswear brand specializing in designing and creating superior handcrafted leather goods. The Troubadour name pays homage to the stories surrounding the artisans who create our products, as well as the stories our products will witness in your life travels.
It takes its roots from the traveling minstrels – storytellers – of days gone by.. .
NextRetreat is streamlining the process of organising team travel. Find the right destination, book the perfect venue and get your dedicated Retreat Specialists to help with everything else.
Intuitively designed for team travel organisers, NextRetreat offers easy booking all in one place and expert human-centred customer support. No hidden fees, contracts, or special software..
UnderTheDoormat is a premium homestay service for homeowners and guests in the high growth homestay sector. Delivering a more professional, high-quality service than P2P platforms, the company is merging two markets – homestays and hotels – to create a new one: The Branded Home Accommodation sector.
By offering a superior hospitality service in homes, UnderTheDoormat can reach homeowners and guests who would otherwise sit out the homestay revolution and by mastering the logistics of hotel-quality service across a distributed portfolio, the company can lead the market it is helping to create.. We’re the big brother and big sister you wish you had.
No more quarter-life crisis We help students gain acceptance to top colleges and universities, but we also go deeper, determining the schools that fit and will make you happy. We support you in creating your life path, from your internship choices to your future career.
Learn on the go Imagine a learning platform that’s as interactive as Instagram. Developed at Columbia Business School and London Business School, Millie brings tutors and tech to you so that learning feels as comfortable as chatting over coffee.
We support all students One of every ten students receives Millie education for free. We’re committed to creating a positive social impact and uniting our world across borders.
We believe in the power of lifelong learning, the strength of community, and the potential of each individual.. .
Follow Alice is a unique travel concept focusing on small, handpicked group adventures. We are on a mission to bring like-minded individuals together to explore top bucket list spots around the globe.
Whether you end up opting for the coast or desert, Amazonas or Antarctica, we ensure you’ll be on the trip of a lifetime with friends to last the same. For Alice, a journey is best measured in friends, not miles.
It’s the people you meet that make travel the rich, vibrant experience that it can be. While you individually might struggle to gather a fun travel crew, we’ve built a large community of globetrotters from around the world..
young, like-minded travellers eager to connect and hungry for adventure! Learn more at https://followalice.com/. .
Cirium brings together powerful data and analytics to keep the world in motion. Delivering insight, built from decades of experience in the sector, enabling travel companies, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airlines and financial institutions, among others, to make logical and informed decisions which shape the future of travel, growing revenues and enhancing customer experiences.
Cirium is part of RELX PLC, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. Find out more at https://www.cirium.com/.
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