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

Motel 6 London, ON - Ontario
Motel 6 London, ON - Ontario
2 out of 5
810 Exeter Road, London, ON
The price is CA $66 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Westminster, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from White Oaks Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Parkwood Hospital and Tillsonburg Golf Course Trails. Earl ...
3.6/5 Good! (978 reviews)
"Clean and friendly staff. Near highway 401."

Reviewed on Oct. 10, 2021

Motel 6 London, ON - Ontario
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 CA $125 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
This family-friendly London hotel is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Parkwood Hospital and White Oaks Mall. Earl Nichols Arena and Labatt Brewery ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (975 reviews)
"It was close to the mall and good restaurants"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2021

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The Park Hotel London
The Park Hotel London
3.5 out of 5
242 Pall Mall Street, London, ON
The price is CA $139 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Located in Downtown London, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Victoria Park, Centennial Hall, and Grand Theatre. London Music Hall and Harris ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (964 reviews)
"Beautiful spacious room"

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2021

The Park Hotel London
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LES Hotel & Suites
LES Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
362 Dundas Street, London, ON
The price is CA $109 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Downtown London, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Citi Plaza Mall, London Convention Center, and Centennial Hall. London Music Hall and ...
4/5 Very Good! (82 reviews)
"Very old property but clean. Very friendly and helpful staff. Unable to receive regular TV channels."

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2021

LES Hotel & Suites
Homewood Suites London Ontario
Homewood Suites London Ontario
3 out of 5
45 Bessemer Road, London, ON
The price is CA $110 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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 Covent Garden Market. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,060 reviews)
"I loved having a kitchen space"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Homewood Suites London Ontario
Wharncliffe Suites Motel
Wharncliffe Suites Motel
2 out of 5
370 Wharncliffe Road South, London, ON
Located in South London, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of London Regional Children's Museum, Labatt Brewery Tour, and Budweiser Gardens. Museum ...
3.3/5 (77 reviews)
"This is six days later and I am still waiting to get my 100 refund back. Not impressed. Nothing fancy but clean. Will not stay again"

Reviewed on Mar. 11, 2020

Wharncliffe Suites Motel
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