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LondonCanada

Famous in medical history for being the birthplace of insulin, this southwestern Ontario town features university culture and a beautiful network of parks.

Located at a fork in the lush North American Thames River, London is known as southwestern Ontario’s “Forest City.” Despite its green reputation, London is a large and busy city that contains one of Canada’s best universities and a significant medical industry. Spend several days touring London’s museums, exploring the riverfront and parkland areas and checking out memorials to the city’s rich history.

London was founded in 1826 and served as a garrison for British troops in the mid-19th century. Visit Victoria Park in the city center, where the troops were stationed. Find further artifacts from the city’s early history nearby, including the redbrick St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was built in 1845.

See why London is known as the “Forest City” by visiting its various parks and natural areas. Discover the Westminster Ponds, located in a forest just south of the city center. Wander along leafy trails and boardwalks through the scenic wetlands while watching for deer and beavers. During the winter, take a short drive into the western suburbs to visit the ski resorts at Boler Mountain.

London is the site of one of the most important breakthroughs in medical history. Drop by Banting House to see where Dr. Frederick Banting lived when he came up with the idea for how to produce insulin for the treatment of diabetes. See his face among Canada’s other medical heroes at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Other museums in the city highlight the history of settlement and growth in London’s city and surrounding area. Museum London features a 45,000-piece collection of local historical artifacts in addition to an impressive exhibition of art by regional and Canadian artists. Visit the Museum of Ontario Archaeology to learn the history of First Nations people in the London region.

Take a bus or make the 2-hour drive from Toronto to reach London. Experience the culture, history and beauty of this tree-lined university city on the Thames.

Where to stay in London

Covent Garden Market showing flowers, markets and interior views

Downtown London

4/5Very Good!(88 area reviews)

Downtown London is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Budweiser Gardens and Victoria Park while in the area.

Downtown London
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South London

4/5Very Good!(30 area reviews)

Visitors highly recommend South London for its abundant dining options, and you can make a stop by London Regional Children's Museum while you're in town.

South London
Took some time to visit the Western University Campus.  Main campus is beautiful. Lots of old buildings and mature trees make for a beautiful setting.

North London

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

When in North London, you can plan a visit to Budweiser Gardens and Victoria Park, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

North London
Great little pecan pies with bourbon glaze

White Oaks

Though White Oaks might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like White Oaks Mall and Budweiser Gardens.

White Oaks
I'm not sure what you'd hope for in this chapel if you were next door at the Asylum For The Insane. Sanity ?

Argyle

4/5Very Good!(11 area reviews)

Though Argyle might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like East Park and Budweiser Gardens.

Argyle

Top Hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Park Hotel London
The Park Hotel London
3.5 out of 5
242 Pall Mall Street, London, ON
The price is $93 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Located in Downtown London, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centennial Hall, Budweiser Gardens, and Victoria Park. Covent Garden Market and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,061 reviews)

"Nice room with separate bedroom. Location is close to restaurants and pubs, but downside is quite loud outside if you need to get to bed early. $26 a night for self parking is a little steep."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

The Park Hotel London
Ramada by Wyndham London
Ramada by Wyndham London
3 out of 5
817 Exeter Rd, London, ON
The price is $50 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in Westminster, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of White Oaks Mall, Parkwood Hospital, and Tillsonburg Golf Course Trails. Earl Nichols Arena is 2.8 ...

3.6/5Good! (986 reviews)

"Very clean staff very helpfully and courteous But the heated pool wasn’t very heated"…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Ramada by Wyndham London
Hampton Inn by Hilton London
Hampton Inn by Hilton London
2.5 out of 5
840 Exeter Rd, London, ON
The price is $85 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Located in Westminster, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from White Oaks Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of London Convention Center and Covent Garden Market. Budweiser ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (978 reviews)

"Very comfortable bed. I had a great night’s sleep."…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Hampton Inn by Hilton London

Popular places to visit in London

Victoria Park
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Victoria Park

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Come to one of London’s finest parks to attend a festival, watch an open air movie and to glide across an ice rink.

Covent Garden Market
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Covent Garden Market

4/5(32 reviews)

Browse stalls for everything from jewelry and furniture to locally made cheese, then catch a show at this daily indoor market. 

Museum London
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Museum London

4/5(16 reviews)

Dive deep into the history of London and peruse the paintings, drawings and sculptures of a renowned art collection at this prestigious museum.

Top things to do in London

London Scavenger Hunt: Exploring Forest City
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London Scavenger Hunt: Exploring Forest City

$20
Per adult
Low Cost :- Private Transfer Between Toronto Airport or London City ON Canada
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Low Cost :- Private Transfer Between Toronto Airport or London City ON Canada

$330
Per adult
Ports of Lake Erie Cycle Tour
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Ports of Lake Erie Cycle Tour

$117
Per adult

Reviews of London

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

The city of London needs to help their homeless people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 9, 2020

We were in town for a funeral.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Lots of great places to eat within walking distance, even with the construction everything was easy to find and follow the signs

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 2, 2019

London felt like a much smaller city than it actually is. There’s plenty of dining options and the Masonville Mall has loads of other shopping options.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 25, 2019

The four points by sheraton has lots of amenities to keep you busy nice place ive been there couple times now never disappointed

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Nov 6, 2019

Very bad looking city!

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