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

Downtown London
Covent Garden Market which includes flowers, markets and interior views

Downtown London

Known for Live Music, Theatres, Entertainment

4/5(1 review)

Downtown London is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Budweiser Gardens or Victoria Park.

South London
South London, London, Ontario, Canada
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South London

Known for Friendly People, Dining, Nature

5/5(1 review)

South London is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out London Regional Children's Museum, a top attraction in the neighbourhood.

North London
North London, London, Ontario, Canada
trover photo by Laura Stevanov

North London

While North London may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Budweiser Gardens and Victoria Park.

White Oaks
White Oaks, London, Ontario, Canada
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White Oaks

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in White Oaks and surrounding area, you can visit White Oaks Mall and Budweiser Gardens.

Argyle
Argyle, London, Ontario, Canada
trover photo by D. C. McPhee

Argyle

If you're spending some time in Argyle, Lake Huron and Argyle Mall are top sights worth seeing.

Byron
Storybook Gardens showing flowers

Byron

While visiting Byron, you might make a stop by sights like Boler Mountain Ski Resort and Springbank Park.

Top hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Ontario
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Ontario
3.5 out of 5
300 King St, London, ON
£93
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Located in Downtown London, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of London Convention Center and Covent Garden Market. Budweiser Gardens and Victoria ...

4/5Very Good! (1,281 reviews)

"I love the lobby and the open spaces. Rooms are a bit old"…"

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Ontario
The Park Hotel London
The Park Hotel London
3.5 out of 5
242 Pall Mall Street, London, ON

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

4.2/5Very Good! (1,595 reviews)

"Loved the location. Will recommend to others. Huge rooms!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2019

The Park Hotel London
Delta Hotels by Marriott London Armouries
Delta Hotels by Marriott London Armouries
4 out of 5
325 Dundas St, London, ON
£93
per night
1 Dec-2 Dec

Located in Downtown London, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of London Convention Center, Centennial Hall and Grand Theatre. Budweiser Gardens ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,305 reviews)

"It's was a good stay very nice staff was quick and fast and very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019

Delta Hotels by Marriott London Armouries

Popular things to do in London

Victoria Park
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Victoria Park

2.5/5(2 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.

Museum London
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Museum London

1/5(1 review)

Dive deep into the history of London and peruse the paintings, drawings and sculptures of a renowned art collection at this prestigious museum.

Covent Garden Market
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Covent Garden Market

4/5(1 review)

Browse stalls for everything from jewelry and furniture to locally made cheese, then catch a show at this daily indoor market. 

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