Matt Brown

Matt Brown

M@ is probably the most London-obsessed person in the world, reaching parts of the capital others can’t reach, while mixing up slogans from beer commercials. In the cause of exploring London, he has waded along the buried River Fleet, spent the night in a haunted plague pit, caught a lung infection by climbing Soho’s tallest steeple and walked along the tracks beneath Leicester Square at 2am. M@ has lived in Blackheath, Borough, Greenwich, Weybridge, West Hampstead, Fortune Green and Chalk Farm. Thanks to the capital’s obscene property prices, he’s since gone into exile in what he optimistically refers to as “The Future London Borough of Elstree and Borehamwood”. It’s just a bit west of Barnet, since you ask.

Matt is author of London Night and Day (2015) and Everything You Know About London Is Wrong (2016), and several other books in the Everything You Know... series.


NOTE: Matt is Editor-at-Large of Londonist. That means he used to be editor, but has now stepped back to spend more time with his Oyster card. Please only contact him with (a) invitations to unusual locations like sewers, rooftops or dungeons; (b) invitations to give a talk (he does like talking); (c) random questions about the history/culture of London. There's no point sending him press releases or product pitches as he feeds them to his imaginary dog.

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Articles by: Matt Brown

London Has A New Brutalist Station

London Has A New Brutalist Station

Brutalist newbie. | By M@
Woah! Stunning Panoramic Images Of London From The Air

Woah! Stunning Panoramic Images Of London From The Air

Twilight magic. | By M@
North London's Best Beer Gardens

North London's Best Beer Gardens

Al fresco up north. | By M@
Attenborough And Franklin Together On One London Mural

Attenborough And Franklin Together On One London Mural

Heroes of science. | By M@
New Direct Trains Between Greenwich And Farringdon, St Pancras, West Hamsptead

New Direct Trains Between Greenwich And Farringdon, St Pancras, West Hamsptead

North London, meet the south-east. | By M@
Biggest Pub In London? The New BrewDog Has To Be A Contender

Biggest Pub In London? The New BrewDog Has To Be A Contender

So big, you lose the end round the curvature of the Earth. | By M@
Tube Snakes: Have You Seen Them?

Tube Snakes: Have You Seen Them?

On the hunt of the mysterious serpents. | By M@
Take A Walk Through The City Of London's Pocket Parks

Take A Walk Through The City Of London's Pocket Parks

Oases in the city. | By M@
The Science Museum Has An Expensive New Spacecraft On Display

The Science Museum Has An Expensive New Spacecraft On Display

An impressive bit of kit. | By M@
How To Visit 30 Towns In One Afternoon

How To Visit 30 Towns In One Afternoon

Marvellous museum, just off the M25. | By M@
The Godfather Trilogy... In London Shop Fronts

The Godfather Trilogy... In London Shop Fronts

"I have learned more in the streets than any classroom" - Don Carleone. | By M@
This Has Got To Be London's Oddest Sculpture, Right?

This Has Got To Be London's Oddest Sculpture, Right?

Kingston calling. | By M@
Why Is There An Elephant On Camden's Coat Of Arms?

Why Is There An Elephant On Camden's Coat Of Arms?

That crest explained. | By M@
Ever Noticed This Stars-And-Stripes Church Tower?

Ever Noticed This Stars-And-Stripes Church Tower?

US patriotism in Lambeth. | By M@
Will Your Area Get An ASDA-Sainsbury's Megastore?

Will Your Area Get An ASDA-Sainsbury's Megastore?

On the hunt for London's closest pairing. | By M@
The Real Sherlock Of Baker Street

The Real Sherlock Of Baker Street

Alimentary... | By M@
The History Behind London's Smallest House

The History Behind London's Smallest House

A Bayswater curiosity. | By M@
Kids Into Peter Rabbit? They'll Love This Place Near London

Kids Into Peter Rabbit? They'll Love This Place Near London

Run rabbit, run! | By M@
That Shakespeare Bloke Gets Everywhere

That Shakespeare Bloke Gets Everywhere

All the city's a stage for the Bard's memorials. | By M@
DO NOT EXPLORE This Secret Passage In Holborn

DO NOT EXPLORE This Secret Passage In Holborn

A gate into 'Cambridgeshire'. | By M@
Is This London's First Sci-Fi And Fantasy Story?

Is This London's First Sci-Fi And Fantasy Story?

This creeped us out. | By M@
See A Spitfire And Typhoon In Guildhall Yard, Right Now

See A Spitfire And Typhoon In Guildhall Yard, Right Now

Chocks away! | By M@
Have You Spotted Hackney's Ghost Postcode?

Have You Spotted Hackney's Ghost Postcode?

Help fill in the map. | By M@
Is This A Missing Piece Of The Old Ludgate?

Is This A Missing Piece Of The Old Ludgate?

Amazing what you find down side streets. | By M@
510 More Skyscrapers Are Planned For London

510 More Skyscrapers Are Planned For London

The only way is up. | By M@
The Victorians Built A Working Volcano Off The Walworth Road

The Victorians Built A Working Volcano Off The Walworth Road

Naples on Thames. | By M@
London Places That Don't Technically Exist

London Places That Don't Technically Exist

Where is Bond Street? Nowhere. | By M@
You'll Worship These Coffee Shops Inside Churches

You'll Worship These Coffee Shops Inside Churches

Contemplative cuppas. | By M@
Can You See Your Street In These Historic Aerial Photos Of London?

Can You See Your Street In These Historic Aerial Photos Of London?

Incredible stuff. | By M@
Big Ben Has Lost Its Hands!

Big Ben Has Lost Its Hands!

Look no hands! | By M@
Visit A Mysterious Barn To Hear Quirky Lectures

Visit A Mysterious Barn To Hear Quirky Lectures

Our favourite talks event returns. | By M@
An Antony Gormley Statue In Kilburn? Who Knew?

An Antony Gormley Statue In Kilburn? Who Knew?

Early work by the figurative sculptor. | By M@
Must-See Exhibition Of The East End In Colour

Must-See Exhibition Of The East End In Colour

Head to Mile End. | By M@ ★★★★★
Have You Visited The Other Natural History Museum?

Have You Visited The Other Natural History Museum?

To Tring! | By M@
How Many Hidden Stone Animals Can You Spot Inside The Natural History Museum?

How Many Hidden Stone Animals Can You Spot Inside The Natural History Museum?

There may be more than you think. | By M@
Quiz: Name These Stations From Ye Olde Photos

Quiz: Name These Stations From Ye Olde Photos

Early 20th century concourses. | By M@
16 Warning Signs You Only See In London

16 Warning Signs You Only See In London

Commit no nuisance. | By M@
Get Lost In The Multi-Level Labyrinth That Is The Barbican Estate

Get Lost In The Multi-Level Labyrinth That Is The Barbican Estate

Follow the golden line... | By M@
Is This London's Longest Street Name?

Is This London's Longest Street Name?

London's most verbose location. | By M@
Londoners Enjoy First Direct Train To Amsterdam

Londoners Enjoy First Direct Train To Amsterdam

Direct link opens up. | By M@
Top 10 Things To Do In And Around Euston Station

Top 10 Things To Do In And Around Euston Station

Waiting for your train needn't be dull. | By M@
A Northern Line Tube Quiz

A Northern Line Tube Quiz

How well do you know the black line. | By M@
London's Record-Breaking Pubs: Highest, Smallest, Priciest...

London's Record-Breaking Pubs: Highest, Smallest, Priciest...

Unless you know better... | By M@
A Sneak Peek Inside Canary Wharf's New Crossrail Station

A Sneak Peek Inside Canary Wharf's New Crossrail Station

The Elizabeth line is coming. | By M@
Were You On A Self-Driving Train This Morning?

Were You On A Self-Driving Train This Morning?

Look, no hands. | By M@
Do You Know Where Moretown Is?

Do You Know Where Moretown Is?

Thomas More didn't have this in mind when he penned Utopia. | By M@
Bet We'll Surprise You With This A-Z Of Tube Trivia

Bet We'll Surprise You With This A-Z Of Tube Trivia

Underground poetry. | By M@
The 10 Weirdest Stories Ever Published On Londonist

The 10 Weirdest Stories Ever Published On Londonist

How many nipples in the National Gallery? | By M@