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

A Map Of Unbuilt London

A Map Of Unbuilt London

The city that might have been. | By M@
The Library That Lends Out Telescopes

The Library That Lends Out Telescopes

In Leicester Square, of all places. | By M@
'Cheesegrater 2' Approved For Square Mile

'Cheesegrater 2' Approved For Square Mile

Another massive tower cometh. | By M@
Could Buckingham Palace Be Heated By A Lost River?

Could Buckingham Palace Be Heated By A Lost River?

Turning hot farts into energy. | By M@
When The World Cup Was Stolen, Then Found By Pickles The Dog

When The World Cup Was Stolen, Then Found By Pickles The Dog

The dog went on to a (brief) life of fame. | By M@
The World Cup Could Have Been The Winston Churchill Cup

The World Cup Could Have Been The Winston Churchill Cup

"We will fight them on the pitches..." | By M@
Statues Of The US President In London: Can You Name All Eight?

Statues Of The US President In London: Can You Name All Eight?

POTUS photos. | By M@
A Bridge Across The English Channel?

A Bridge Across The English Channel?

Rarely seen 1960s plans. | By M@
This 'Bomb Damage' On Nelson's Column Isn't What You Think

This 'Bomb Damage' On Nelson's Column Isn't What You Think

The day revellers damaged Nelson's Column. | By M@
The 2018 Sculpture In The City Is The Best Yet

The 2018 Sculpture In The City Is The Best Yet

19 sculptures to spot in the Square Mile. | By M@
David Bowie: Street Art Legend

David Bowie: Street Art Legend

Dancing in the street art. | By M@
An 1856 Vision Of The Future Shows London's First International Airport

An 1856 Vision Of The Future Shows London's First International Airport

Flights daily to America. | By M@
The New RAF Museum Has Landed: And It's Victorious

The New RAF Museum Has Landed: And It's Victorious

Chocks away! | By M@
Catch Hitchcock On The Big Screen This Summer

Catch Hitchcock On The Big Screen This Summer

60 years since Vertigo. | By M@
Transport Geeks... Look At All This Stuff You Could Own

Transport Geeks... Look At All This Stuff You Could Own

Huge sale for tube, bus and train fans. | By M@
Just How Beautiful Is This Projected Tube Roundel?

Just How Beautiful Is This Projected Tube Roundel?

Unexpected light show in Victoria. | By M@
Spot These Gorgeous William Blake Mosaics, Hiding In Lambeth

Spot These Gorgeous William Blake Mosaics, Hiding In Lambeth

The world's biggest gallery of Blake's work. | By M@
New Overground Trains... Now With Wifi

New Overground Trains... Now With Wifi

TfL reveals its new orange trains. | By M@