London By Day

All the best stuff do do during daylight hours;

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One of West Kensington's cutest pubs has had a makeover. The much-loved Colton Arms offers all day food in its cosy bar area. Its outdoor terrace, or its glass conservatory. Expect cssic pub grub alongside more cosmopolitan cuisine. Beware of tennis balls flying over from neighboring Queen's Club. 

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Quaff over 900 lovely beers, ciders and perries (plus a few Engligh wines) at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia London, August 8 to 12. Expect to jostle for space with lots of large bellies and beards. 


Discover how we humans connect with nature through a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection called A Museum of Modern Nature. Curators include a shaman, a dairy farmer and a plant scientist. Until 8th October.


Even skinny art lovers will feel well-upholstered after viewing that Alberto Giacometti retrospective at the Tate Modern. Until September 10th. 


Nine restaurants, 252 bedrooms, a club, a rooftop pool, a spa, a barbershop and an "all-hours cocktail lounge"... The ned is a very cool hotel in the former Midland Bank building in the city. And that cocktail lounge is deep in the former fault. 


It will be Nobu's first European hotel. A new 150-room, five storey building is set to open any day now on Shoreditch's Willow Street. Look out for the cantilevered steel beams protruding from the northern fa├žade, giving the hotel "a seemingly frayed edge".

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Printworks is a new 6000-capacity music and arts venue. There are six events spaces "arranged over multiple levels with a maze of corridors and rooms throughout which retain all the original machinery and inustrial features". Expect some exciting shows but dont be put off by the Rotherhithe addresss. 

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Blink and you'll miss it. Usain Bolt makes his last international appearance when the IAAF World Athletics Champs come to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford between Aug 4 and 13. The World Para Athletics Champs take place just before, July 14 to 23. 

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Over 200 different breeds of dog will be pawing and panting at Eukanuba Discover Dogs, a two-day dog show at Excel London from Oct 21 to 22. Under 12s go free. (Children, not dogs.)