Over 250 Years of Discovery
Our distinguished history began on the 25th of May, 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.
Such was his honesty, reliability and organisational ability that soon Cox & Co became the agent for most British regiments posted overseas, including the Royal Cavalry, Artillery and Infantry, as well as the Royal Wagon Train and the Household Brigade. 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, after the First World War, Cox & Co joined with Henry S. King & Co, and the two companies merged as Cox's & King's and moved into grand premises on Pall Mall in London (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.
Cox & Kings was witness to an exciting era in Indian history, and, in its own way, helped to shape it. In 1947, the British administration departed, but bound by strong ties to India, Cox & Kings stayed on and flourished.
In 1970, it was bought by Grindlays Bank and so the modern history of the company began.
2008 marked the 250th anniversary of the foundation of Cox & Kings, the longest established travel company in the world.
Today, Cox & Kings is a premium brand in all travel related services spanning the globe and employing over 1800 trained professionals worldwide. Built on the tradition of high quality service and attention to detail established by Richard Cox over 250 years ago, we provide travel arrangements of the highest calibre. Our expertise covers India, Asia, the Americas, Africa, Arabia, Europe and Oceania.