The top tier cities (London, New York, Paris, Rome, Tokyo) get all the attention when it comes to travel blogs. But we love to explore cities that are off the radar – like Boise, Idaho, Missoula, Montana and Nelson, British Columbia.
Recently we found ourselves in London, Ontario with a couple of hours to kill on a Sunday morning so we decided of (course) to check out their downtown. We were pleasantly surprised at by the architecture (old and new), the shop windows, the downtown arena and farmers’ market.
London at a glance
London, located halfway between Toronto and Detroit, was first settled in the early 1800s. Today it is the 11th largest city in Canada with a metropolitan population of 474,786. It is home to the University of Western Ontario, one of Canada’s leading universities.
Yes, London is named after London, England and no surprise the river that runs through the city is called the Thames. The original settlers - mostly British - intended the city to become the capital of Upper Canada (now Ontario), however, that honour ultimately went to Fort York (now known as Toronto.)
The City has a rich corporate history. Carling (1840) and Labatt (1847) breweries were founded there, as was Canada Trust (1864), London Life Insurance Company (1874), Imperial Oil (1880) and Club House Foods (1883).
Link: London History
These postcards from the OTHER London, will hopefully entice you to explore downtown London the next time you are in the area.