Over 250 Years of Discovery
2008 marked the 250th anniversary of the foundation of Cox & Kings, the longest established travel company in the world.
The company's history stretches back to May 25, 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed as regimental agent to the Foot Guards by his mentor, Lord Ligonier, the Commanding Officer of His Majesty's Armed Forces.
Regimental agents did not have a very good reputation before Cox, but such was his honesty, reliability and organisational ability that he made it a respectable business and Cox & Co soon became the agent for the majority of British regiments. By the end of the 18th century the company became involved in banking and shipping in addition to its other agency activities.
In the late 19th century, Henry S. King & Co was a rival bank and shipping agency, started by Henry Samuel King in 1868 and subsequently run for over 45 years by his son, Henry Seymour King. The company had particularly strong links with India. After the First World War the two companies merged as Cox's & King's and moved into grand premises on Pall Mall (now the site of the Sofitel St James Hotel). In 1923 the business was sold to Lloyds Bank and while the banking arm stayed with Lloyds (becoming the Cox & Kings branch, as it is still known), the shipping agency became a separate company.
In 1970, Cox & Kings Agency was bought by Grindlays Bank and so the modern history of the company began.
Cox & Kings has built on the tradition of high quality service and attention to detail established by Richard Cox over 250 years ago and it now provides travel arrangements of the highest caliber in many of the most culturally and naturally fascinating parts of the world. Our expertise covers India & Beyond, Latin America, Africa & the Indian Ocean, Arabia, North Africa & Central Asia, Asia & the Pacific and European Journeys.