Downtown has traditionally been the retail and business centre of London but over the past few decades has transitioned toward more of an entertainment district. Budweiser Gardens (home of the London Knights and London Lightning), Museum London, the London Music Hall, the Grand Theatre, the Covent Garden Market, the London Convention Centre, several art galleries, and many of London's best restaurants and bars are found in the Downtown. It serves as London’s Central Business District with many tall office towers filled with financial services, tech and communications companies, government, law firms and the regional court house. The area also serves as a central hub for the London Transit Commission and contains the Greyhound bus and Via train stations.
The neighbourhood is filled with businesses but the main two streets for shopping and restaurants are Dundas and Richmond. Citi Plaza (formerly Galleria Mall) is another hub of commercial activity with the Central branch of the London Public Library, movie theatre, gym, a food court and several retailers. Both of London’s post secondary education institutions, Western University and Fanshawe College, have a presence in the neighbourhood. Ivey Park is located on the west end of downtown, and offers beautiful views of the Forks of the Thames, a playground, spray pad, and connections to the Thames Valley Parkway.
The dwellings are almost entirely apartments or condos either in new tall towers or in the upper floors of 3 or 4 story buildings with retail on the street level.
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