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London’s 101 Fastest Growing Leisure Startups

At Best Startup London we track over 100,000 London based startups and over 500,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and organisations we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.

We’ve ranked the top 101 Leisure companies in London. The companies, startups and institutions listed in this article are all exceptional companies, well worth a follow. We have included links to their websites, socials and CrunchBase (if you’re interested in their financials).

We selected the organisations listed in this article based on:

  • Track record
  • Executive leadership
  • Market share
  • Innovation
  • ESG rating

Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as CrunchbaseSemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.

Top Leisure Companies & Startups (London)


Secret Escapes

FoundersAlex Saint, Tom Valentine, Troy Collins
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Secret Escapes is a members-only travel club offering discounted rates on luxury hotels and holidays in the UK.


Butter.co.uk

FoundersStefan Hobl, Timothy Davis
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Butter lets you spread the cost of shopping from any online store with a simple monthly instalment plan. Download the app now!


Hiyacar

FoundersGraeme Risby, Rob Larmour
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Hiyacar is a UK peer to peer car sharing platform.


Stasher

FoundersAnthony Collias, Jacob Wedderburn-Day, Matthew Majewski
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Stasher is the world’s first luggage storage network.


WeSwap

FoundersJared Jesner, Simon Sacerdoti
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WeSwap is a mobile application that allows users to swap different types of currency with others.


SMARTIFY

FoundersAnna Lowe, Nick Mueller, Ronald Vrijmoet, Thanos Kokkiniotis
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SMARTIFY provides instant access to inspiring art commentary, straight to your smartphone.


gigl

FoundersChristian Ayerst, Dan Hudson
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The Video / Mobile 1st Job platform that is changing the way people find work across Hospitatly, Retails & Enterntainment. Replacing generic Job descrptions and the need for a CV with super vast video content. Companies such as Hard Rock use GiGL to find staff in under 24 hours


OTHERWORLD

FoundersChris Adams, Ed Wardle
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The brick-and-mortar metaverse. An island paradise in the cloud reached through a growing network of multi-sensory immersion pods.


Abellio

FoundersPaul Martin
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Abellio delivers rail and bus services to passengers in Scotland, England, and Germany.


Beyonk

FoundersAntony MacKenzie-Jones, Oscar White
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Beyonk is a SaaS-enabled marketplace for experiences, making it easier for visitors to find and book local things to do


VizEat

FoundersCamille Rumani, Jean Michel Petit
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VizEat is a European startup that operates a “social dining platform.


Finisterre

FoundersTom Kay
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Finisterre is a cold water surf company that designs products for cold water surfers around the world.


BeRightBack

FoundersAlex Tomlinson, Gregory Geny
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The world’s first fixed price travel subscription service.


Love Home Swap

FoundersDebbie Wosskow, Simon Walker
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Love Home Swap is a home-swapping website enabling members to exchange and rent homes.


Finisterre

FoundersTom Kay
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Finisterre is a cold water surf company that designs products for cold water surfers around the world.


Everyman Media Group

FoundersDaniel Broch
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Everyman is an independent cinema group in terms of cinema venues, screens and admissions.


Peanut

FoundersMichelle Kennedy
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Peanut is an online platform that provides a safe space for women to connect across fertility and motherhood.


The Thinking Traveller

FoundersHuw Beaugié, Rossella Beaugié
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The Thinking Traveller is a multiple award-winning villa rental company specialising in luxury villas.


tripAbrood

FoundersAlexa-Maria Rathbone Barker
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tripAbrood is an AI-driven travel platform for families to discover and book holidays.


Veeve

FoundersClaire Whisker, Jonny Morris
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Characterful homes. Dedicated service. Memorable stays.


Key Travel

FoundersAjaya Sodha
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Key Travel is a travel management company that offers its services to NGO, academic, and faith sectors.


the Bike Club

FoundersAlexandra Rico-Lloyd, James Symes
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the Bike Club is a platform that offers pay monthly kids bikes that are exchanged as children grow up.


thesqua.re

FoundersSid Narang
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Inventive corporate serviced apartments provider with loyalty programme, all-in-one online accounts, community events and concierge app.


Edge Retreats

FoundersLuke McCormick
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The global curated marketplace for luxury villa rentals, with exceptional service and expert concierge


Rhubarb

FoundersLucy Gemmell
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Rhubarb is a food company that creates and delivers culinary services.


HotelFlex

FoundersMax Shepherd-Cross, Pete Turnbull, Rich Turnbull
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An award winning, VC backed hospitality tech startup, transforming the way hotels manage and sell their inventory


Big Bus Tours

FoundersUnknown
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Big Bus Tours is a global operator of premium open-top sightseeing tours.


Timescenery

FoundersAlexander Urbanovich, Kirill Khomko, Konstantin Sergienko, Nikita Dedik, Valeriy Britaus, Valery Britaus
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All-in-One Trip Planner and Marketplace – the next stage in travel tech after metasearch | Plug and Play 2017


Hill & Friends

FoundersEmma Hill CBE
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Hill and Friends is a brand that produces exceptionally crafted and luxuriously functional bags, each affirmed with a subversive wink.


Crepeaffaire

FoundersDaniel Spinath
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Crêpeaffaire offers freshly prepared crêpes, waffles, coffees and smoothies.


Oomph Wellness

FoundersBen Allen
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Oomph Wellness offers inclusive exercise and activity classes that improve physical mobility, social interaction, and mental stimulation.


SkiYodl

FoundersOli Dannatt, Simon Latarche
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SkiYodl is a platform that allows its users to search and book their ski trips in real-time.


Chic Retreats

FoundersLulu Townsend
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A luxury travel marketplace using the latest in digital technology to connect our collection of independent hotels to affluent travellers


Easol

FoundersBen Simpson, Chris Lowder, Lisa Simpson
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The all-in-one platform to manage your experience business, on your terms.


Family Traveller

FoundersAndrew Dent
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Family Traveller is a multi-platform brand operating across familytraveller.com, social media and email.


E-Car Club

FoundersAndrew Wordsworth, Christopher Morris
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E-Car Club is a UK-based electric car club offering vehicles on a pay-per-use basis.


GTA

FoundersDavid Babai, Eddie Faith, Uzi Kattan
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GTA provides ground travel products and services to the fully independent travel industry.


Live2Leave

FoundersCéleste Owen-Jones, Léa Bourratière
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Live2Leave is a travel app where you can record your favorite spots & get recommendations from people you know.


FLY LDN

FoundersCharlotte Cox
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London’s multi award winning immersive fitness and low impact training studio and digital fitness platform.


Pop & Rest

FoundersMauricio Villamizar, Yoann Demont
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Our platform connects local workers and travellers with sleep & meditation pods. Book by the hour to recharge


Imin

FoundersDominic Fennell, Nick Evans, Nishal Desai
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Imin is a technology firm that makes physical activity searchable & bookable by using open data in the health and fitness sector.


Sure

FoundersAlexandra Neczliova, Juraj Pal, Sebastian Krumhausen, Suzanne van Nes
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Sure curates the most “Instagrammed” food and drink spots.


Dynamo

FoundersMarco Scotti
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Dynamo allows sharing Luxury Experiences (eg. Villas, Yachts, VIP Tables); thanks to its experience providers network in 20 cities worldwide


Cloud 9 Leisure

FoundersUnknown
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Cloud 9 Leisure is an exciting active indoor leisure experience.


Board a Boat

FoundersFrank Sykes
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Board a Boat is a boat trip marketplace that enables boat owners, managers and skippers to offer private and semi-private boat trips.


Last Second Tickets

FoundersCraig Massey, Max Kelly
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Last Second Tickets works directly with promoters, producers and venues to secure amazing discounts and prizes.


The Ticket Group

FoundersUnknown
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TTG focusses of mobile-first ticketing solutions for leisure attractions, tours and activities


WeTrack

FoundersClive Stephens, Peter Ward
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WeTrack provides event delivery software for major events, federations, venues and governing bodies


Viva City

FoundersSamuel Rason
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Viva City offers guest experience, discovery, and analytics software to help businesses thrive with the Chinese Inbound market.


Azooki

FoundersEilon Arad, Matti Fruhman, Oron Barber
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Azooki helps you book & discover amazing things to do in South East Asia’s most enchanting destinations


Innovate Finance

FoundersJustin Fitzpatrick
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Innovate Finance is an independent membership association that represents the UK’s global FinTech community.


Reed & Mackay

FoundersBob Boardman, David Boardman, Tracy Baumfield
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Reed & Mackay is a corporate travel management company providing travel services to companies within the finance and insurance sectors.


Ten Lifestyle Group Plc

FoundersAlex Cheatle, Andrew Long
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Ten Lifestyle Group Plc is a technology enabled lifestyle and travel platform company.


Ongosa

FoundersRichard Smith
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Ongosa gives you a more advanced access to new adventure sports experiences.


Rebel Book Club

FoundersBen Keene, Ben Saul-Garner
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Rebel Book Club is an international non-fiction book club.


Doris & Dicky

FoundersRichard Dana
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The best in budget boutique hotels


Tristar Worldwide Chauffer Services

FoundersUnknown
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Tristar Worldwide Chauffer Services is a worldwide chauffeur company operating in over 80 countries.


The Office Group

FoundersUnknown
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A UK-based provider of flexible office space.


Sportingbet

FoundersMark Blandford
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Sportingbet is an online sports betting and gaming company that provides its services on a variety of sports.


ForestCar

FoundersCharlie Palmer, Felix Muecke
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ForestCar is a car sharing service for airports.


Lotus

FoundersUnknown
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Lotus is a specialist travel PR and representation outfit.


Ebookers Plc

FoundersDinesh Dhamija
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Ebookers.com is a leading pan-European online travel agency specialising in worldwide travel.


Bloomsbury Publishing

FoundersNigel Newton
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Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house established in 1986.


TravelStaytion

FoundersUnknown
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TravelStaytion is an online holiday rental marketplace, enables its users to list their spare property or get accommodation at lower prices.


Day 8

FoundersErik Biorklund, William Wenkel
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We are a unique experience provider within travel, culture and leisure.


Leisure Pass

FoundersAndrew Grahame
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A London-based city attraction sightseeing company.


SpareFare

FoundersGalena Stavreva, Georgi Stavrev
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SpareFare.net is a secure secondary travel marketplace


Trafalgar Tours

FoundersUnknown
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Trafalgar is the world leader in guided vacations to Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, Australia & New Zealand.


Clays

FoundersTom Snellock
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Clays is a bar that brings the sport of clay shooting indoors and adds a twist of charm and hospitality for everyone to enjoy.


dealchecker.co.uk

FoundersAndrew Bredon
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Compare cheap Holidays, Car Hire, Flights and Hotels at the best travel comparison website, dealchecker. Find the cheapest 2014.


Booking Spaces

FoundersJamie Reece
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Booking Spaces Disruptive venue booking platform, connecting those looking for spaces with the spaces available for hire.


TAG

FoundersJohn Gianquitto
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TAG is the travel management company.


Young Foodies

FoundersChristopher Green, Theadora Alexander
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Young Foodies provides a community and specialist services for the most exciting food and drink challenger brands


Go City

FoundersUnknown
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Go City offers online pre-purchase travel passes for various attractions, adventures, tours, and activities.


Belmond

FoundersUnknown
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A hotel and leisure company that operates luxury hotels, train services and river cruises.


MYRENTBOAT

FoundersAlex Lebedev, Daria Lebedeva
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Find the best yacht rental deals Choose from 25 000 yachts online


DeMellier London

FoundersUnknown
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Luxury day and evening bags featuring our signature interior designed with today’s woman in mind.


The Dorchester Collection

FoundersUnknown
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The Dorchester Collection provides one of the world’s largest selections of luxury hotels.


Travel Unravel

FoundersUnknown
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Travel Unravel provides online travel products and services.


Byron Hamburgers

FoundersUnknown
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Byron Hamburgers is a British burger restaurant chain.


Statesman Travel Group

FoundersUnknown
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Statesman Travel Group is a business travel management company providing travel management services for corporate and private clients.


Places for People

FoundersUnknown
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Places for People is a property management, development, regeneration and leisure company.


Qbic

FoundersUnknown
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Qbic brings affordable hotel experience to London.


Local Data Company

FoundersBarnaby Oswald, Toby Robertson
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Local Data Company is the UK’s most accurate retail and leisure location data business.


Lycafly

FoundersUnknown
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LycaFly is a travel agency that offers flights and holiday deals to worldwide destinations.


Buying Business Travel

FoundersUnknown
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Buying Business Travel is the UK’s leading publication for travel and meetings buyers and arrangers.


Bourne Capital

FoundersRobert A. Bourne
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Bourne Capital is a leading international active property management and leisure operations group.


Encore Tickets

FoundersJohn Wales
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Encore tickets provides theater tickets and group bookings for all London theaters.


Vamoos

FoundersUnknown
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Vamoos helps Travel Companies, Hotels, and Villas transform their client’s experience, from the moment they book to after they return home.


GALLIVANT

FoundersNick Steward
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GALLIVANT is an indie fragrance brand.


Flyto

FoundersUnknown
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Helping everyone pay for travel, on their terms


OMEGA Watersports Worldwide

FoundersLouis Tag
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OMEGA Watersports is a world-renowned watersports company.


JacTravel Group

FoundersUnknown
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JacTravel is one of the world’s premier suppliers of online hotel bookings and inbound travel services to the tourism sector.


Coffee Republic

FoundersUnknown
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Coffee Republic is a coffee chain in UK that is known and offers great tasting coffee and delicious freshly made food.


Wyndham Exchange and Rentals (UK) Holdings

FoundersUnknown
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Wyndham Exchange and Rentals (UK) Holdings provides owns and operates leisure facilities such as beach holidays, country cottages.


Blueheath Holdings

FoundersUnknown
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Blueheath is a wholesaler of groceries, selling spirits, groceries, and household items through its multiple retail and leisure outlets. 


Voodoovixen.com

FoundersUnknown
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Voodoovixen.com is an online vintage clothing marketplace.


Anchor Trust

FoundersUnknown
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Anchor is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for the over-55s.


National Rail Enquiries

FoundersUnknown
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National Rail Enquiries is the official source for train times and timetables in the U.K.


Future London Academy

FoundersEkaterina Solomeina, Mohammed Saiful Hussain
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executive school for creatives


Go Native Ltd

FoundersUnknown
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An excellent alternative to hotels, Go Native serviced apartments provide flexibility and convenience for business & leisure travellers.

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