Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 8 May 2018

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NORMAN ACKROYD: Harsh coastal landscapes and rocky outcrops gain a haunting beauty in Norman Ackroyd's sepia-toned etchings. See how the most hostile environments in the British Isles are brought to life using copper, ink, paper and acid. One Paved Court (Richmond), free, just turn up, until 26 May

SHAPE OF LIGHT: Journey through a century of abstract photography at the first major exhibition dedicated to the theme. Featured photographers include Man Ray, Barbara Katsen and Antony Cairns. Tate Modern, £18, book ahead, until 14 October

BIENNALE BUILDING: Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it really takes to get an art exhibition up and running, as staff and students from Winchester School of Art collaborate to install large-scale artworks for a week of biennale-themed events. Stick around for a chat with Bose Krishnamachari, founding director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India. Tate Modern, free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

TACOS ON THE CHEAP: If bank holiday fun has left you (and your wallet) feeling a little worse for wear, treat yourself to some recovery-aiding comfort food. Mexican street food restaurant Benito's Hat is dishing out tacos for just one pound a pop tonight to help ease you back into the week. Benito's Hat (all London locations), from £1, just turn up, 5pm

WALKING WITH BAZALGETTE: Take a revolting (but fascinating) stroll back to the Great Stink of 1858, when the untreated human waste in London's ineffectual sewer was hit by a wave of a hot weather and — well, you can imagine the rest. As a response, heroic engineer Sir Joseph William Bazalgette created a central London sewage system still in use today. Meet at Westminster tube station, £6, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

Canadian indie rockers Nap Eyes hit up OSLO.

CROSSRAIL CONSTRUCTION: With work on Crossrail hurtling towards completion, Farringdon is set to become one of the busiest stations in the UK. Discover the challenges of building this major transport interchange site at this free talk from Farringdon Station Crossrail Project Manager Mujahid Khalid. Institute of Structural Engineers (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 6.20pm-7.30pm

THE BUZZ: Meet faded TV personality Kyla — once an overnight success, now the dress hanging onto the arm of her popstar beau. When her anti-establishment brother pays her a visit, Kyla is forced to confront the fact that she's been living a lie in this dark comedy by The Bread and Roses Playwriting Award winner Lydia Rynne. The Bread and Roses Theatre (Clapham), £12, book ahead, 7pm, until 19 May

STARRY NIGHT: Spend a night among the stars, drinking and painting your way to becoming an artist. Tonight you'll be creating a work inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night while sipping on wine. It may not totally transform you into a Dutch master, but there's probably an Instagram like in it for you. The Jam Tree (Clapham), £28, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

NAP EYES: Odes to NASA meet workaday ditties about insomnia and binge drinking in Nap Eyes' latest offerings. The Canadian indie quartet are bringing their crooked and candid guitar pop to Hackney this evening. OSLO (Hackney), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm

CUTTY BANG CABARET: Expect apocalyptic humour, screaming donkey voices and a poor man's Vic Reeves (according to Noel Fielding), from this group of Geordie jokers who have come down south to show off their alt-comedy best. The Bird's Nest (Deptford), £3, just turn up, 8pm-11pm

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Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets

Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

A Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

The London Cheese Crawl


Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix.   Get tickets