Things To Do In London: Wednesday 2 December 2015

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HETTY FEATHER: Got a young Jacqueline Wilson fan at home? Take them along to artsdepot in North Finchley to see Hetty Feather brought to life on stage. Other family-friendly theatre shows are available. Various prices, prebook, until 6 December

GALACTIC ARCHAEOLOGY: While the history of our galaxy is a pretty vast subject, Gresham College condenses it into one lunchtime lecture, using the stars closest to us to dig into the past. At Museum of London. Free, just turn up, 1pm

BOUTIQUE DE NOEL: Don your festive frock and join the Junior League of London for Boutique de Noel at Chelsea Old Town Hall. The fundraising event features live music, canapés and drinks, an auction and a chance to make a start on the Christmas shopping. £25, prebook, 5pm

The Borough Market Christmas lights are switched on tonight. The event begins with Southwark Cathedral’s St Nicholas Day Christingle Service, after which renowned cooks Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley will do the honours with the switch. Free, just turn up, from 5.30pm

HOW TO DIE LIKE A VICTORIAN: The Florence Nightingale Museum holds a special talk about the Victorian preoccupation with death and dying. Learn about 19th Century memorial traditions and how they're still relevant today. £8, prebook, 6pm

CAROL CONCERT: The season of harking and heralding is upon us. Tonight, the charity Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope holds a fundraising carol service at St Margaret's Church in Westminster Abbey. Expect a selection of carols performed by the choir of St Margaret’s, and readings by Joanna Lumley, Sir Nicholas Soames MP and more. Make a donation, prebook, 6pm-7pm

FASHION AND FICTION: Head to the V&A for a talk by Jung Chang, Chinese fashion and costume history expert who grew up in the Chinese Cultural Revolution but moved to London in 1978 and became fascinated by Western fashions. £10/£7, prebook, 6.30pm

NEPALESE MUSIC: Ganga Thapa and his band NAMLO are trying to raise the profile of Nepalese music. Tonight they play at Sands Films in Rotherhithe, performing tunes inspired by Himalayan foothills and mountains, with influences from West Africa and Latin America. £14, prebook, 7.45pm

COMEDY: Mae Martin and some of her (as yet unannounced) mates will be trying out new material at the Camden Head. And because the gags are untested, it won’t cost you anything. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Treat yourself to a West End show this December:

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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Tickets from £21.50

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LES MISERABLES: Tickets from £12.50

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THE LION KING: Tickets from £35

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CATS: Tickets from £20

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WAR HORSE: Tickets from £15

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MISS SAIGON: Tickets from £27.50

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WICKED: Tickets from £17.50

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Good cause of the day

Barnardo's children's charity holds a fundraising fashion show at Cargo in Shoreditch tonight. All outfits seen on the catwalk will be available to purchase at a reduced price, plus there's live music, a raffle and an auction. £5/£7.50/£10, prebook, 6pm

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