Natalia Dissanayake is a member of the British Guild of Registered Tour Guides (Blue Badge) and the Institute of Tourist Guides. At the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London, she gave a lecture on the famous representatives of the Russian state as well as presented a recently published book "Russians in London from the 16th Century to the Present."
This book is the result of many years of hard work, during which the author tracked down and collected many stories about Russians in London from the middle of the 16th century to the present day. Unpublished memoirs, articles, as well as numerous interviews became the basis of the book. Among the heroes of the book are the members of the Russian imperial family, aristocrats and Bolsheviks, writers and scientists, musicians and artists, diplomats and clergymen, artists, athletes and soldiers.
Guests of the lecture had a chance to hear some of these stories, accompanied by a series of illustrations and photographs. Fascinating narration about diplomatic and family ties between Russia and the UK was accompanied with the historical facts and author's own thoughts. The lecture was followed by a Q&A session with the author.