History | By: N Quentin Woolf

Londonist Out Loud: A Podcast About London, 19 September 2014

Welcome to the latest episode of Londonist Out Loud, a podcast about London, as recommended by The Telegraph. You can listen in-browser, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS. We’re also available on Stitcher.

Londonist Out Loud is presented and produced by N Quentin Woolf.

Today NQW meets Diane Burstein, a London Blue Badge and City of London guide, and all-round expert on the city. Stratford has become synonymous with the 2012 Games and Westfield, but here, the pair explore the non-Olympic side of this east London enclave. Diane explains how the area was once home to slaughterhouses, market stalls and bakeries; they visit Stratford's culture quarter, including the Theatre Royal Stratford East; and talk about the boon of the railway industry — which transformed Stratford beyond recognition. NQW and Diane also meet a steam engine named Robert, find a very rare postbox, and discuss the audio perils of being a tour guide/podcast presenter.

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Show notes by Will Noble