Diane Burstein

Location: London
About The Speaker...

A qualified London Blue Badge Tour Guide and broadcaster I made a name for myself with my Secret London feature on talk radio station LBC 97.3 FM and am now making regular contributions to BBC London 94.9’s Saturday Breakfast Show. I love to show both visitors and Londoners the hidden sites away from the tourist trail.

As a lecturer I teach Discovering London courses at the City Lit, one of London’s leading adult education colleges.

I am the author of a successful book “London Then and Now” which featured in BBC History magazine’s Top Ten Best Seller.

When not speaking about London, I spend most of my leisure time in the theatre which is why “Theatrical London” is one of my favourite talk topics.

About Their Talks...

I give a variety of talks about London History’s history covering a wide range of themes and areas. All talks are accompanied by powerpoint presentations using images of London past and present. I have an enthusiastic presentation style and am able to speak from memory without the use of notes, enabling me to establish a good rapport with audiences.


My fees are negotiable depending on where you wish me to travel and the size of the audiences. Fees start at £100 minimum.

My Contact Details:

020 8445 0159


Theatrical London

This talk treats you to historical vignettes and anecdotes about some of our famous theatres. Discover how theatre developed from the Elizabethan playhouses of Bankside and Shoreditch, through the rise of restoration drama in Covent Garden to Shaftesbury Avenue’s Edwardian and Victorian theatres. Bringing things up to date we’ll discover the birth of the Fringe and the current vogue for site specific theatre in unusual venues. The illustrated talk will include anecdotes about theatrical personalities, superstitions and traditions.

Literary London

An armchair tour of London’s literary landmarks looking at some of the places where famous authors lived, worked, partied and loved. From Chaucer and Shakespeare in Southwark to Dr Johnson in Fleet Street. From Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf in Bloomsbury to Zadie Smith in North West London, this illustrated talk will introduce you to a variety of literary personalities and their haunts.

Retail Therapy - London Shopping Through The Ages

Starting with the historic shops of St James’s we move via elegant Regency shopping arcades to the tailors of Saville Row, designers of Bond Street and the grand department stores. A shop founded by a Royal footman, a 17th century hatter, the arcade where you are not allowed to whistle, a couturier who dressed the Queen and the department store owner who went to jail for expanding his business all feature in this illustrated lecture.

London's Artistic Quartiers

From the garrets of Soho and Covent Garden to the grand studio houses of Kensington and the modern live/work spaces of East London we follow the progress of a variety of artists who have made London their home. What turns an area into a creative quarter and how have artists made their mark on the development of the capital? All will be revealed during this illustrated talk.

Secret London

An illustrated talk showing a collection of sites which are truly off the beaten London track but sometimes hidden in plain sight. Courtyards, alleyways, firemarks, bollards which tell a story, Parish boundaries, beautiful art works above and below our feet , hidden gardens and Roman ruins all feature.

Diane Burstein Contact Details:

020 8445 0159


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