Discover London

About London


Since 1878, the fortunes of Western University and the City of London have been indelibly linked. Western has grown into London’s fourth largest employer, home to 4,000 full-time faculty and staff, 35,000 students and 305,000 alumni across more than 150 countries who are forever connected to the City. The university’s teaching, research and service missions encompass a wide range of activities that are an integral part of the London community. Our commitment to London has been steadfast for more than 130 years, and will be absolute for the next 130 years and beyond.

The City

Set in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, affectionately known as the Forest City, London is the region’s economic, entertainment and cultural hub. With a population of more than 383,000, London is Canada’s 11th largest city and an ideal environment to work, play and live. London boasts an extensive educational and healthcare community, while providing the safe and clean atmosphere of a small community. Visit the City of London website here.

Cultural Vitality

From Museum London, an art and history museum that houses a collection of 50,000 regional and Canadian works and artefacts, to the main stage of The Grand Theatre, the arts thrive in nearly every corner of the city. London put down its creative roots early, over the years nurturing a heart and soul that has produced some great Canadian talent in both the visual and performing arts. Revolutionary artists like Jack Chambers and Greg Curnoe; performers like actors Kate Nelligan, Ryan Gosling and Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Paul Haggis; dancer Evelyn Hart and musician Guy Lombardo. Today, a new generation of musicians, artists and entertainers of all sorts fuel the city’s tradition of artistic excellence. See what’s on now.

Sports, Concerts and After Hours

Budweiser Gardens is a 10,000-seat, multi-purpose facility focused on major touring acts and sports. Headliners have included Kings of Leon, Sarah McLachlan, The Black Keys, and Kid Rock. It is also home to the London Knights, Ontario Hockey League and Memorial Cup champions.

London Music Hall is a premier stop for many bands/artists as they tour through Southern Ontario. Acts such as The Arkells, The Trews, Killswitch Engage, Lee Brice, Skrillex, August Burns Red, Calvin Harris, Snoop Dogg & many more have played our venue.

Music at Western performances, master classes, lecture recitals and special events which may interest you on campus.

Year-round, London has numerous festivals and cultural events and Richmond Row, one of the city’s most interesting shopping districts, features more than 200 businesses catering to your every need. Richmond Row is also home to a lively nightlife scene, including night club entertainment, live theatre and jazz as well as casual and fine dining.

Surrounding areas


Toronto (approx. 2 hours from London)

Toronto is the leading tourism destination in Canada. This bold, dynamic city offers superb attractions, music and events backed by the best convention and sports facilities in Canada.

 

 

 

 

Stratford (1 hour from London)

Stratford is a destination internationally renowned as one of North America’s great arts towns and home to the Stratford Festival a theatre company with special emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niagara Falls (approx. 2 hours from London)

Explore Ontario’s only 56-kilometre outdoor adventure museum, with engaging attractions, incredible waterfalls, heritage sites, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and other outdoor spaces.

Niagara on the Lake (approx. 2.5 hours from London)

Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario, located near world famous wineries and host to the Shaw Festival.