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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.
Accommodation in London
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If you and your family are interested in booking a bed in the premium end of the spectrum, be sure to check out the Residence Inn by Marriott London Ontario, located at 383 Colborne St, or the Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre, at 591 Wellington Rd S. The StationPark All Suite Hotel and the Hotel Metro can also be booked. The address of the StationPark All Suite Hotel is 242 Pall Mall Street, while the Hotel Metro is at 32 Covent Market Place.
Located in Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of White Oaks Mall and Westminster Ponds. Parkwood Hospital and Earl Nichols Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Westminster, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from White Oaks Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Westminster Ponds and Parkwood Hospital. Tillsonburg Golf Course Trails and Earl Nichols Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Downtown London, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Centennial Hall and Victoria Park. Grand Theatre and London Music Hall are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from White Oaks Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Westminster Ponds and Parkwood Hospital. Earl Nichols Arena is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.
Located in Westminster, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from White Oaks Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Westminster Ponds and Parkwood Hospital. Tillsonburg Golf Course Trails and Earl Nichols Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Woodstock, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Southside Park, Church Of The Epiphany, and Woodstock Art Gallery. Woodstock Raceway is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.
Located in Downtown London, this hotel is steps from Budweiser Gardens and Covent Garden Market. Museum London and London Music Hall are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in London, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Argyle Mall and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Fanshawe College. Western Fair Entertainment Centre and Banting House are also within 6 mi (10 km).