Abbotts Travel edged out competition from four other high street finalists in London to take the trophy. TTG’s Top 50 Travel Agencies list was revealed in a ceremony in Birmingham after an extensive judging process led by industry Bible Travel Trade Gazette, which saw agents rated by tour operators and other suppliers, and assessed by travel trade journalists. TTG editor Pippa Jacks said: “Our search for the nation’s best travel agents has taken us the length and breadth of the country, where we’ve uncovered countless stories of brilliant agents going the extra mile for their customers, giving great value, and serving their communities. “What our new Top 50 list shows is that travel retailing in 2016 is a vibrant and successful business sector, and that – particularly on the high street – agents continue to prove their worth by delivering phenomenal customer service.” Abbotts Travel opened on George Lane in 1957, making it South Woodford's oldest business. It is led by Julian Abbott, who followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father as owner. He is backed by highly experienced manager, Sharron Roat and a loyal and knowledgeable team. In 2013 the premises were significantly modernised and the company launched AbbottsTravel.com extending the personality and principles of the company beyond the physical store, to the world online. "It’s great to be acknowledged “says Julian Abbott, "and great for our local community in South Woodford to know that they have an award winning Travel Agent to come to rather than taking a chance by booking on the internet."