I enjoyed living in London as a youngster. It was a friendly city then, and that part of it has scarcely changed. I ride to London about once a year, when I am visiting another Ontario city, and I find endearing features of the city, without even looking.
Here are two.
I was carrying the ashes of a recently deceased relative, and planned to leave some where she had lived. In front of that home, between sidewalk and curb, a nineteenth century tree had died. It had been chopped off about sixteen feet above the ground, with several foot-across trunks angling up from the central yard-across trunk near ground level. An old geezer was up on some scaffolding carving images into the trunks, and let me tell you, they were excellent and captivating sculptures. A passer-by remarked that this was a modern-day totem pole in progress, and that's an excellent appraisal of the project. Londoners - this is at 326 Queens Avenue, west of Waterloo Street. I understand this fellow's work is found many places in Western Ontario, and I think this is a fine use of tax dollars.
I wanted to ride across Blackfriars Bridge, but it was closed to vehicular traffic. Instead, a 24-hour rally was being run on a course that crossed the bridge. This is a charitable event that attracts some (not much I think) interest. Runners or joggers or walkers circle a downtown route several miles long, and persuade people to contribute to a worthy cause. I didn't contribute, but I chucked some ashes off the bridge, because this relative used Blackfriars Bridge frequently for three years. Londoners - your bridge has interesting history at http://www.historicbridges.org/truss/blackfriars/
None of this answers the important issue of a career in or near London, but if you are attracted to the city, you may hunt harder for a job there. Good luck!