Living in London, Ontario

London, Ontario
via Adam Colvin and Wikimedia Commons.

On paper, it’s easy to confuse London, Ontario, with its namesake in England. However, if you’re going to be living in London, Ontario, you know how different the two actually are. (Not living there yet? Check out our post on moving to London, Ontario.)

For grins and giggles, let’s mention the similarities. First, there’s a river Thames in both Ontario and England, and London sits right next to both rivers. Also, the two cities of London are joined in a way to Middlesex County. In England, Middlesex County became part of London and Hertfordshire. In Ontario, London is the seat of Middlesex County. (Boy … naming things must have been really hard in the 1700s.)

Best Neighbourhoods to Live (Don’t forget the “u.”)

When deciding where to live in London, Ontario, you’ll want to first decide if you want a house or apartment, and if you want to live in the city or in the suburbs. The city has two People’s Choice Awards for Great Neighbourhoods in Canada: Old East Village and Wortley Village.

Things to Do

As you know, Canadians love their Hockey, and Ontario is home to the two-time Memorial Cup Champions, the London Knights. If you prefer baseball, there’s the London Majors, and for basketball there’s the London Lightening.

Residents of this city are an easy drive to three of the Great Lakes (Ontario, Erie and Huron) and about two hours away from Niagra Falls.


Named in the late 1700s and founded in 1826, this city is brimming with history and culture. There are plenty of museums, including Museum London, London Regional Children’s Museum, the Forest City Gallery and the Museum of Ontario Archaeology.

There are tons of festivals in the city throughout the year hosted by the London Arts Council, so make sure you keep an eye on their website. One mouthwatering festival is the London Rib-Fest, one of the largest barbecue rib festivals in North America. You won’t want to miss it!

Where to Eat

Speaking of food, this city is home to some fantastic restaurants that pride themselves on cooking with local ingredients. Check out this handy guide to discovering the best restaurants in the city.

Getting Around

London has a decent public transportation system. If you want to live in the city without a car, you’re options are the London Transit Commision for bus transit around the city and Rail Canada for transit to various parts of the country.

We could go on and on about this great city, but we’d rather hear from you. What do you love about living in London, Ontario?