South Woodford's oldest business, Abbotts Travel, has held on to the title of London's Top Travel Agency for the second year in a row.
Abbotts takes its place as part of a power-list of the UK and Ireland’s best travel agencies produced by industry bible, the Travel Trade Gazette.
The TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies list was revealed at a ceremony in Birmingham on Monday March 13 after an extensive judging process, which saw agents rated by tour operators and other suppliers, and then assessed by travel journalists.
More than 950 travel agencies and branches put themselves forward for consideration for TTG’s Top 50 Travel Agencies 2017, from which a shortlist of 90 finalists across 18 categories was devised.
Abbotts Travel edged out competition from four other high street finalists in London to take the trophy.
TTG group editor, Pippa Jacks, said: “Our Top 50 Travel Agencies initiative has seen us scour the UK and Ireland to uncover its most dedicated and dynamic travel agency businesses.
“It's been truly inspiring to hear how these agencies go above and beyond on a daily basis, to deliver extraordinary service and incredible value to their customers, and to support their local communities.
“Our winners demonstrate that travel retailing 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 managing director, Julian Abbott, said: “The whole team is elated to have retained the trophy as London's Top Travel Agency.
“It’s great for our local community to know that they have an award winning Travel Agent to come to rather than taking a chance by booking on the internet."