London

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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

Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
3 out of 5
591 Wellington Rd S., London, ON
The price is $99 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
This family-friendly London hotel is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Parkwood Hospital and White Oaks Mall. Budweiser Gardens and London Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)
"Clean. Comfortable beds and linens. Quiet"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
The Park Hotel London
The Park Hotel London
3.5 out of 5
242 Pall Mall Street, London, ON
The price is $113 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
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! (965 reviews)
"Friendly staff, quick check in, spacious suites, breakfast is to go and very limited but included. Free coffee 24/7. Good lication, everything is close and walkable."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

The Park Hotel London
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Ontario
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Ontario
4 out of 5
300 King St, London, ON
The price is $109 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Located in Downtown London, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of London Convention Center and Covent Garden Market. Budweiser Gardens and Victoria ...
4.1/5Very Good! (963 reviews)
"Nice sheets . Helpful staff"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Ontario
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
LES Hotel & Suites
LES Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
362 Dundas Street, London, ON
The price is $89 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Downtown London, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Citi Plaza Mall and London Convention Center. Budweiser Gardens and Covent Garden Market ...
4/5Very Good! (67 reviews)
"Super cute lobby! Lots of space in the apartment style room! Clean & quiet! Apartment furniture seemed well worn, but clean! Would recommend for a longer stay! Lots of space!"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

LES Hotel & Suites
Homewood Suites London Ontario
Homewood Suites London Ontario
3 out of 5
45 Bessemer Road, London, ON
The price is $118 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Westminster, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from White Oaks Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of London Convention Center and Budweiser Gardens. Victoria ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,022 reviews)
"Homewood Suites was the perfect place for our ladies weekend. We had a large group and needed 2 rooms. They were able to accommodate us being beside each other which was great. Rooms were big enough everyone was comfortable. Breakfast was good. Pool was great. Staff was friendly and helpful. Great ..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Homewood Suites London Ontario
Private room in a century old home near UWO - Room 6 Wharncliffe Upper
Private room in a century old home near UWO - Room 6 Wharncliffe Upper
London, ON
Situated in London, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Harris Park, Budweiser Gardens, and Victoria Park. University of Western Ontario and Covent Garden ...
Private room in a century old home near UWO - Room 6 Wharncliffe Upper
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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