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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

Top hotels in London

The Park Hotel London
The Park Hotel London
3.5 out of 5
242 Pall Mall Street, London, ON
The price is £84 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

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! (1,063 reviews)

"The location was great closest hotel to north end of city"…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2020

The Park Hotel 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 £73 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

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! (986 reviews)

"I would have liked a continental breakfast as part of the stay."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2020

Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
Courtyard by Marriott London
Courtyard by Marriott London
3 out of 5
864 Exeter Road, London, ON
The price is £62 per night from 18 Dec to 19 Dec

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

4.3/5Excellent! (838 reviews)

"I really enjoyed the ambiance of this property. I went with my grandkids and we all had a good time."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2020

Courtyard by Marriott London
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Top Holiday Rentals in London

LES Hotel & Suites
LES Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
362 Dundas Street, London, ON
The price is £57 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (18 reviews)

"Great place. Everything you need for a comfortable stay"…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2020

LES Hotel & Suites
Staybridge Suites London
Staybridge Suites London
3 out of 5
824 Exeter Road, London, ON
The price is £68 per night from 24 Dec to 25 Dec

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

4.4/5Excellent! (468 reviews)

"The staff was very friendly the room was expectional."…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

Staybridge Suites London
Private Cottage Retreat Suite Overlooking Lake Erie With hot tub & Beach Access
Private Cottage Retreat Suite Overlooking Lake Erie With hot tub & Beach Access
207 Cornell Drive, Central Elgin, ON
The price is £164 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Located in Port Stanley, this beachfront holiday home is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Lake Erie and Port Stanley Little Beach. Port Stanley ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (21 reviews)
Good

"Nice area, should be listed in the description that the rental is attached and below the owner of the home. You can hear all the movement/tv/ talking going on upstairs."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Private Cottage Retreat Suite Overlooking Lake Erie With hot tub & Beach Access
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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