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London
Travel Guide

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.

Top Hotels in London

Homewood Suites London Ontario
Homewood Suites London Ontario
3 out of 5
45 Bessemer Road, London, ON
The price is CA $106 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Westminster, this hotel 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. Budweiser ...

4.4/5Excellent! (983 reviews)

"We had the room with the hot tub and the kitchen and I was not disappointed. It looked just like the pictures and I would stay there again"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2021

Homewood Suites London Ontario
The Park Hotel London
The Park Hotel London
3.5 out of 5
242 Pall Mall Street, London, ON
The price is CA $105 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,049 reviews)

"Very nice doors, I really like doors, doors were a nice touch, because they were nice"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 28, 2020

The Park Hotel London
Motel 6 London, ON - Ontario
Motel 6 London, ON - Ontario
2 out of 5
810 Exeter Road, London, ON
The price is CA $64 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Westminster, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of White Oaks Mall, Parkwood Hospital, and Tillsonburg Golf Course Trails. Earl Nichols Arena is 2.9 ...

3.7/5Good! (998 reviews)

"Overall stay could have been improved due to cleanliness issues (smoke smell in hallways, stains on walls, stained carpets in hallways), however for the price of the stay, I am satisfied. I will say that staying here is worth it just for the exceptional customer service (shout out to Saket) from ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2021

Motel 6 London, ON - 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.

Vacation Rentals in London

LES Hotel & Suites
LES Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
362 Dundas Street, London, ON
The price is CA $83 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Downtown London, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Citi Plaza Mall and London Convention Center. Budweiser Gardens and Covent ...

4.3/5Excellent! (40 reviews)

"I met three different front desk crew members and they were all easy going, checking in and out was a pleasure! Had a very nice stay here with my boyfriend and we felt at home with the apartment-like traits such as the full-sized fridge and stove! Wish we could have stayed longer!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 7, 2021

LES Hotel & Suites
Staybridge Suites London
Staybridge Suites London
3 out of 5
824 Exeter Road, London, ON
The price is CA $98 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19

Located in Westminster, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of White Oaks Mall, Parkwood Hospital, and Tillsonburg Golf Course Trails. Earl Nichols ...

4.4/5Excellent! (479 reviews)

"Location was close to all places I need to visit. Stores, restaurants and gas stations."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2021

Staybridge Suites London
Wharncliffe Suites Motel
Wharncliffe Suites Motel
2 out of 5
370 Wharncliffe Road South, London, ON
The price is CA $69 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in South London, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from London Regional Children's Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Budweiser Gardens and Covent ...

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
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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Reviews of London

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4/5 - Good

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May 26, 2020

Again, due to Covid-19, there wasn’t much to do/see. I have been to London plenty of times in the past and this trip was solely business and did not include any extra curriculars.

3/5 - Okay

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May 4, 2020

I gave an 'OK' because the COVID-19 did have everything shut down, so. But the hotel was terrible

3/5 - Okay

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Mar 28, 2020

Boring

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

Very nice city. We will return to see the sights

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 20, 2020

Unfortunately London was closed down due to the virus

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 18, 2020

Love London. Been there many times

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