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London, ON Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 29
Total Sleeping Rooms 14,500
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,450
Committable Meeting Rooms* 93
Convention Center Space 70,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 33,033 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 8,676 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $126
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $103
Average Weekly Car Rental CAD $352
*Maximum for a single hotel

London, ON Meeting Planning Overview

With its vast green space and numerous historic structures, London boasts the same world-class amenities of larger metropolitan cities but with a distinctly more relaxed feel. Located in southwestern Ontario, the city is less than a two-hour drive from both Toronto and Detroit. In fact, it is within one day's drive of over 150 million North Americans. Also accessible by air, the London International Airport is expanding its reach. In recent years, it has opened a new terminal and added more direct flights to destinations in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

A wealth of meeting and event venues await once inside the city. The London Convention Centre boasts over 6,500 square meters of exhibit space. From five salons and boardrooms to an elegant column-free ballroom, the centre features numerous flexible rooms for banquets, meetings, tradeshows and more. Its downtown location also places the center within walking distance of thousands of hotel rooms, including those of the attached Hilton London Ontario.

The Western Fair Entertainment Centre is another purpose-built option for meetings and events in London. Boasting numerous impressive spaces of nearly 40,370 square meters combined, the Western Fair is ideal for a range of events, from large-scale conferences to intimate receptions. With on-site catering and free wireless Internet, the fairgrounds are more than capable of making any affair run smoothly.

Aside from its larger facilities, London has much to offer in the way of unique, exciting venues. Add punch to a presentation for 150 to over 800 guests at the Grand Theatre, one of only nine Category A theaters in Canada. Museum London, the city's premiere art and history showcase, offers over 750 square meters of meeting space among its galleries and cafe. Or, combine savory cuisine and well-equipped spaces by hosting a dinner or reception at one of London's award-winning restaurants. With an ambiance that evokes an outdoor courtyard in Europe, Aroma restaurant invites up to 200 guests to enjoy its innovative Mediterranean fare.

London's great offerings place it on par with larger metropolitan cities such as Toronto and Montreal. Unlike these bustling capitals, however, London comes at a more affordable price. In fact, hotel room rates in the city average C$126, compared to Toronto's rate of C$167.16 per night. With its first-class facilities and affordable price point, it's no surprise that organizations such as the Independent Meeting Planners Association of Canada, Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, and Canadian Golf Superintendents Association have all chosen London to host their events.

London's economy is based largely in insurance, information technology, and the production of locomotive and military vehicles. The headquarters of the Canadian division of 3M is located in London, and the city is also home to one of the country's largest insurance providers, London Life. The University of ern Ontario, one of the country's largest and most well-respected post-secondary education institutes, is also based in London.

About London, ON / Additional Info

Known as Forest City, London is located in southwestern Ontario at the forks of the Thames River. Originally inhabited by Neutral and Odawa/Ojibwa tribes over 10,000 years ago, the region was discovered by European settlers in the 18th century. So captivated by its picturesque setting, they nominated London to be the capital city of Upper Canada. Though Toronto eventually secured the spot, London steadily grew, propelled by the emerging Great Western Railway in the 19th century.

Today, London is the 10th largest metropolitan area in Canada with just over 365,000 residents. Visitors continue to admire its strikingly green and spacious landscape that stretches into the heart of downtown. Known as Forest City, London has made it a mandate to preserve as much natural space as possible. As a result, over 200 parks are scattered throughout the city today. Run, walk or bike the 30 kilometers of trails at Springbank Park, the largest park in the city. Or, stop by 15-acre Victoria Park, host to a number of special events and festivals including the famed Sunfest global arts celebration.

The great outdoors are not limited to simply London's parks and pathways. Visitors can take advantage of its green spaces at many popular attractions. The Bellamere Winery is an idyllic 67-acre compound of orchards, vineyards and farmland. Here, visitors can take a private winery tour, browse the fresh produce and baked treats at the on-site market, or enjoy a relaxing picnic with one of Bellamere's hand-crafted wines. Covent Garden Market, one of the city's most unique and popular landmarks, is another great spot to enjoy the fresh air. Stroll through vendors offering anything from fresh meats and cheese to fine jewelry and handicrafts.

In a city that has taken such great care of its outdoors, it comes as no surprise that London is equally dedicated to the preservation of its historic attractions. In fact, the city maintains over 100 heritage properties. One of the most notable such structures is Eldon House, the city's oldest residence. Catch a glimpse into London life in the 19th and 20th centuries by touring the home's period furnishings and antiques. Or, explore the 46-acre grounds of Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Here, visitors can journey back to colonial times by exploring 30 replica and original heritage buildings from around southern Ontario. Keeping both its landscape and history vibrant, guests to London have never found it easier to, as its motto goes, "discover London's spirit."

 
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