Big Smoke Illustrated Talks
Let Me Bring the City to You!


  Your Guide Karen Chester
Lithograph poster advertising cinematic showing.
Original by Albert Morrow, c.1902; public domain

If you are planning a programme of events for your club or society, why not book a Big Smoke illustrated talk? Choose a title from my Talks Menu below. Or contact me to discuss any subject that you have in mind.

My clients have included the Museum of London, Knowledge of the City lecture series (St Brides Institute), Friends of the City Churches, Highgate Institute, Esher Adult Education, U3A and NADFAS groups, Probus Clubs, and many other art and history societies.

Big Smoke Talks last about an hour and feature professional, high quality digital slides.

Please contact me for a friendly chat and quote, or have a look at How To Book.


Big Smoke Talks Menu

Paved with Gold – The Story of Dick Whittington   Preview

Harlots, Harridans & Heroines – Disorderly Women in the City of London   Preview

Here Be Dragons – on the Trail of the City's Heraldic Beast

Guildhall Art Gallery – London's Best Kept Secret

Dutch Pictures at Mansion House – The Harold Samuel Collection

Very Able Statuaries – Early Modern Sculpture in the Square Mile

How to Read the City – Street Signs, Symbols & Cyphers

City CSI – Gruesome Goings on in the City of London

A Pack of Lies – Unbelievable Stories and Dubious People

Newfangled, Abominable and Heathenish – Restoration Coffee Houses


... and there's more

I also speak on various aspects of seventeenth-century London: Jacobean London, the Restoration City, Public Sculpture, Samuel Pepys, the Great Plague, the Great Fire, Frost Fairs, Christopher Wren and the City Churches.





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