London

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London showing street scenes

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

Days Inn by Wyndham London
Days Inn by Wyndham London
2.5 out of 5
1100 Wellington Road South, London, ON
The price is AU$98 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of White Oaks Mall, Parkwood Hospital and Earl Nichols Arena. Centennial Hall and London ...
3.7/5 Good! (977 reviews)
"Room was ok clean. Over all place needs some updating"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham London
The Park Hotel London
The Park Hotel London
3.5 out of 5
242 Pall Mall Street, London, ON
The price is AU$171 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in Downtown London, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Centennial Hall, Victoria Park and Budweiser Gardens. University of Western Ontario ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (980 reviews)
"Enjoyed our stay. Great customer service."

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2021

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
The price is AU$143 per night from 28 Dec. to 28 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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (973 reviews)
"Nice hotel with great history. We enjoyed staying there. Only problem was that I wanted to have a bath, but the water could not be adjusted to come out of the forcet. I had to hold the shower down to make bath, which was really awkward. Bathtub was not so nice for bath."

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Delta Hotels by Marriott London Armouries
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LES Hotel & Suites
LES Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
362 Dundas Street, London, ON
The price is AU$138 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Downtown London, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Citi Plaza Mall, Budweiser Gardens and Victoria Park. Centennial Hall and London Music ...
4/5 Very Good! (96 reviews)
"I loved the friendly and accommodating staff. The rooms were very convenient. Just missing a TV in the bedroom."

Reviewed on 13 Nov. 2021

LES Hotel & Suites
Homewood Suites London Ontario
Homewood Suites London Ontario
3 out of 5
45 Bessemer Road, London, ON
The price is AU$155 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
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! (1,123 reviews)
"The room was great for our weekend away"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Homewood Suites London Ontario
Private room in a century old home near UWO - Room 6 Wharncliffe Upper
Private room in a century old home near UWO - Room 6 Wharncliffe Upper
222 Wharncliffe Rd N, London, ON
Situated in London, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Harris Park and University of Western Ontario. Victoria Park and Budweiser Gardens are also ...
Private room in a century old home near UWO - Room 6 Wharncliffe Upper
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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