Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 12 December 2017

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL: After a sell out show last year, the London Musical Theatre Orchestra returns to give Charles Dickens’ classic the full Broadway treatment. With its multi-award winning cast and a score made up of more than 60 musical geniuses, this one is guaranteed to bring all the festive vibes. Lyceum Theatre, £25-£75, book ahead, until 18 December

CHRISTMAS LECTURES: This year's Christmas Lectures — which started back in 1825 and are now a mainstay of British television at Christmas — kick off with a talk on the unstoppable urge to communicate from professor Sophie Scott. Book tickets to watch the live feed here. Royal Institution, £7-£16, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

THINKING DRINKERS: Turning Tuesday into booze day are two professional drinks experts, who blend alcohol with history in a comedy show that'll leave you intoxicated (literally — your ticket includes five free drinks). Museum of Comedy (Holborn), £18, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm, until 23 December

CAROL CONCERT: Looking for a booze-free chilled evening of carols in a scenic English Heritage house? Head to Apsley House to be serenaded by the Royal Holloway University Chapel Choir in the stunning surroundings of the Waterloo Gallery. £25, book ahead, 6.30pm

SPACEPORT CANTINA: Enjoy a galactic-themed feast to celebrate the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Expect C3-POké bowls cooked up by chef Mao Chowbacca. Behind This Wall, £6 a bowl, book ahead, 6.30pm-11pm

You’ll laugh a lot, you’ll learn a lot and, if that’s not enough, you get five free drinks at the Museum of Comedy.

KEATS AND FESTIVITY: Find out what it was like to celebrate Christmas back in the Romantic period through talks, poetry readings and riddles. Plus festive refreshments. Keats House, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

GENERATION RENT: Hear Green Party member Sian Berry, a former housing correspondent from the Evening Standard and a Generation Rent campaigner discuss what can be done to help young people onto the ever distant housing ladder. London Interfaith Centre, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

FAT GAY VEGAN BOOK LAUNCH: Most authors lay on booze at their book launches but the Fat Gay Vegan is laying on a whole three-course meal for his, followed by organic hemp ice cream, if that sort of thing floats your boat. Line up to get your book signed once you've filled your face. Cafe Van Gogh (Brixton), £31.71, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

THE FEMALE GAZE: See four patriarchy-smashing performances by emerging experimental writers presented by Rich Creative. The Cockpit, £8/£9 on the door, book ahead, 7.30pm

POP UP PAINTING: Take home your own prosecco and Christmas song-fuelled version of Van Gogh's Starry Night at this boozy painting class. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided. Urban Meadow (Bayswater), £35.99, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

Good cause of the day: Join the Brainwave London Santa Dash

Throw on your Santa suit and zip past London's iconic buildings on this 5k circular route on your own or with up to ten mates, then head to the post-race party on SOMA's Scandinavian terrace. This festive run is in aid of Brainwave, a charity which supports families with children who have disabilities. Old Spitalfields Market, £25, book ahead, 5.30pm and 6.15pm

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London's Grime & Punishment Tour

Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.    Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour

Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour

Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour

Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets