Things To Do In London Today: Wednesday 18 May 2016

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Things to do today:  

ELYTRA: The V&A unveils its striking installation from engineers and architects from the University Of Stuttgart. Inspired by beetles and constructed by robots, their new garden pavilion is something spectacular. Free, just turn up, 10am-5.45pm

PAUL MAHEKE: Soak up Maheke's first solo installation at South London Gallery. The Peckham spot welcomes I Lost Track Of The Swarm — turning into a vibrating space filled with dance and music. Free, just turn up, 11am

LIONEL SHRIVER: BAFTA presents the celebrated author of We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shiver, reading from her latest novel, The Mandibles: A Family 2029-2047. Join her for the reading and Q&A at 195 Piccadilly. £15, prebook, 6.30pm

Midweek music with The Puppini Sisters tonight.

PUPPINI SISTERS: Acclaimed vocal harmony group The Puppini Sisters bring their breezy brand of happy songs to Islington Assembly Hall tonight. For some midweek vintage glamour and reworkings of old favourite tunes, you can't go wrong. £38.50, prebook, 7pm

WHISKY: Like Scotch whisky and daring desserts? Course you do. Fill yourself with both at Basement Sate tonight. Expect unexpected flavours like yuzu, licorice and lavender, paired with some fine single malts. £19 (+bkg fee), prebook, 7pm

CRICK CRACK CLUB: Fairy tales for adults from the Crick Crack Club — join Nick Hennessey and Hannah Sanders as they weave the magical myths of The Howken Field at The Forge. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

SHORTS ON TAP: It's all about Poland at this week's Shorts On Tap at 93 Feet East. Their Made In Polska series of short films features Q&As with directors and plenty of chance to network with fellow film fans. £3, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY: There's funniness and silliness going on tonight at Variety of Kings at The Star of Kings. The line-up features the brilliant Katie Pritchard, Holly Burn, Stephen Bailey plus loads more comic talents. £5, prebook, 8pm

Good cause of the day

Get your knit on for a kitten tonight at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Click your needles to create cat-friendly toys, blankets and more, and meet other knitters while helping one of Britain's best-loved animal charities. Entry costs £2, though further donations are very welcome. 5pm-8pm, 18 May