Dining & Entertainment
Food & Drink
London is home to over 850 dining options spanning the gamut of fine dining to a wide variety of ethnic and cultural cuisines. The city’s downtown is highly-walkable and features many patios in the summer months.
There is an active local food and drink scene that includes Forked River Brewing, as well as boutique beverage, and micro-distillery operations. A range of bars, lounges, and clubs offer plenty of options for nightlife.
London is well-known for hosting festivals of all kinds and a number of them are dedicated to food and drink. London’s annual Rib Fest is the second largest BBQ festival in North America.
Arts & Culture
London has a rich arts community featuring many museums and galleries. Highlights include the Banting House Historic Site of Canada, which celebrates the life of Sir Frederick Banting, the Nobel prize winning physician who first used insulin as a treatment for diabetes.
The Elgin gallery features Inuit and North American Aboriginal art. The Museum London is Southwestern Ontario’s leading establishment for the collection of visual arts and material culture.
London’s major sporting and concert venue is the 10,000-seat Budweiser Gardens, home to the London Knights and London Lightening hockey and basketball teams, and regular host to world-class touring bands and concerts. Among several music and theatre venues, the London Music Hall stands out as a popular venue and tour stop for bands and musicians. London is recognized for its active local music scene and is home to many talented performers.
The historic Grand Theatre and Palace Theatre each host top-calibre live performances. The annual Fringe Theatre Festival takes place every summer and showcases performances from over 45 theatre companies in nine venues across the city. For theatre lovers, an additional perk is that Stratford and its world-renowned Stratford Festival, North America’s largest classical repertory theatre festival, is less than an hour away.
The city is known for hosting a significant number of festivals including Sunfest (world music), the Home County Folk Festival, Rock the Park, Western Fair, the London Ontario Live Arts Festival (LOLA), and The International Food Festival.
London has numerous malls and shopping centres. Masonville Place has over 190 stores and the White Oaks Mall features 175 stores. There are a several cinemas including large Cineplex and SilverCity locations.