London offers a wide variety of places and programs to fit all your recreational and entertainment interests and needs. In choosing London, you’ve chosen to live in southwestern Ontario’s Forest City — take a walk down our tree-lined streets, visit one of our many pristine parks or explore several walking and biking trails. Our unparalleled recreational facilities appeal to children and adults alike. From ski slopes and cycling velodromes to a world-class performance venue to community theatres — London will keep you enticed year-round.
Budweiser Gardens was ranked #7 worldwide and the top venue in North America for ticket sales among the venues of similar size in 2013 by Venues Today magazine. The facility played host to the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in March 2013 and regularly attracts big-ticket acts including Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Gordon Lightfoot, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.
London is a creative city where residents enjoy arts and culture in traditional and urban settings and artist entrepreneurs are well supported. Various groups including the London Arts Council, the ARTS Project and London Heritage Council are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and to creating vitality in London.
London’s sports teams — London Lightning (National Basketball League), London Majors (Senior A) and London Knights (Ontario Hockey League) — keep sports enthusiasts engaged all year-round. In May 2014, the Knights will be hosting the MasterCard Memorial Cup at the Budweiser Gardens for the second time — a precedent-setting record for any team in the league.