London, situated in South West Ontario, population around 400,000, also known as the Forest City and apparently the thunderstorm capital of Canada. My boyfriend failed to mention that little nugget of information when he asked me to move here with him but luckily, being British, I own several rain coats. Welcome to Life in London, Ontario!
I have been overwhelmed by the welcome I’ve received in virtually every shop, cafe, restaurant, market stall or pub I have visited since moving here at the beginning of 2017. The wonderful people of London are proud of their city and accepting of newcomers. Everyone has been really helpful and I love that the community is so supportive of one another.
An engaging gentleman called Jonathon, who owns a particularly fantastic pottery gallery on Dundas Street (selling pottery and artwork created solely by Canadian artists), made me feel especially welcome in my first few weeks in London on a freezing cold February morning. Jonathon’s is a unique, one of a kind treasure trove of vases, bowls, plates, cups, figurines and anything else you can think of that can be made out of clay. As I browsed the seemingly never ending selection of ceramics, I was offered coffee and a map of London, Ontario with handwritten pointers of where was good for this, that and the other. I bought a beautiful hand made mug by Mynthia (Instagram @mcdynthia)
and marched home, map in hand and a renewed vigour to explore my new home town. Thank you Jonathon – you are a star and I will never forget your kindness.
Jonathon’s hosts regular events and gallery launches. If you’re looking for an unusual or unique piece for your home or business then Jonathon’s is worth a visit.