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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.

Top Hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hampton Inn by Hilton London
Hampton Inn by Hilton London
2.5 out of 5
840 Exeter Rd, London, ON
The price is CA $99 per night

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! (999 reviews)

"The staff was very pleasant.The GM went above &beyond to resolve an issue for me. I have never stayed at a Hampton Inn, but because of the kindness shown by the GM, I will definitely be staying at one in the future."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 3, 2020

Hampton Inn by Hilton London
The Park Hotel London
The Park Hotel London
3.5 out of 5
242 Pall Mall Street, London, ON
The price is CA $127 per night

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

4.4/5Excellent! (1,057 reviews)

"Right down town London close to a lot of night life"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 28, 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 CA $65 per night

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

3.6/5Good! (1,007 reviews)

"Bed was very comfy and clean, room was spotless. Shower was clean and I was pleased with the food service"…"

Reviewed on May 23, 2020

Ramada by Wyndham London

Popular places to visit in London

Victoria Park
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Victoria Park

4.5/5(183 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

4.5/5(192 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(91 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

CA $27
Per adult
Ports of Lake Erie Cycle Tour
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Ports of Lake Erie Cycle Tour

CA $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

CA $118
Per adult

Reviews of London

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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