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), both published by Batsford.

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Articles by: Matt Brown

Ever Heard Of The Great Tornado Of London?

Ever Heard Of The Great Tornado Of London?

600 houses destroyed. | By M@
The Most Wretched Streets In Central London, Ranked By Sheer Awfulness

The Most Wretched Streets In Central London, Ranked By Sheer Awfulness

Surely not Oxford Street? | By M@
London Has A New Bridge

London Has A New Bridge

It's not the garden bridge, but it has its similarities. | By M@
Secret Chamber Beneath The Monument Could Be Opened To Public

Secret Chamber Beneath The Monument Could Be Opened To Public

Tiny laboratory sealed off for decades. | By M@
When You Could Catch The Underground To See A Hanging

When You Could Catch The Underground To See A Hanging

That's how old the Underground is. | By M@
When Nude Sunbathing Caused A Riot In Hendon

When Nude Sunbathing Caused A Riot In Hendon

The naked truth. | By M@
Why We'll Be Calling Crossrail The Lizard Line

Why We'll Be Calling Crossrail The Lizard Line

Reptilian tube map. | By M@
Riding The Thames Funicular Railway

Riding The Thames Funicular Railway

Up and down. | By M@
Parkitecture: The Hidden Jewels Of London's Parks

Parkitecture: The Hidden Jewels Of London's Parks

Because sheds can be beautiful too. | By M@
Catch An Ancient Ferry To A Ghost Station

Catch An Ancient Ferry To A Ghost Station

A little-used passenger service just beyond the M25. | By M@
What Is This Mystery Object In Denmark Hill?

What Is This Mystery Object In Denmark Hill?

Post had us stumped. | By M@
The East End Has Its Own Magnificent Cemeteries

The East End Has Its Own Magnificent Cemeteries

Two of the capital's oldest Jewish burial grounds. | By M@
The Secret Entrance To Blackfriars Station

The Secret Entrance To Blackfriars Station

Ever used it? | By M@
Is This London's Naughtiest Bathroom?

Is This London's Naughtiest Bathroom?

A visit to 18 Stafford Terrace. | By M@
Victorian Prophecy: 'Crystal Palace Will Be Destroyed'

Victorian Prophecy: 'Crystal Palace Will Be Destroyed'

The palace will fall. | By M@
Life At The Tower Of London Revealed In Fascinating Book

Life At The Tower Of London Revealed In Fascinating Book

Game of Thrones to ghosts. | By M@
Weird Sculptures Fill The Square Mile

Weird Sculptures Fill The Square Mile

Look out for a lonely horse and an exploding shed. | By M@
Which London Animal Are You?

Which London Animal Are You?

Are you a parakeet or a Cockney sparrow? | By M@
London's Hidden Rivers: A Book With A Fresh Take

London's Hidden Rivers: A Book With A Fresh Take

Find the water running beneath your feet. | By M@
Mapped: All Virginia Woolf's Novels

Mapped: All Virginia Woolf's Novels

Bloomsbury doesn't feature much. | By M@
How To Fill London With Nature

How To Fill London With Nature

Ideas for a greener city. | By M@
What Is The Lambeth Walk?

What Is The Lambeth Walk?

And what can you find there. | By M@
A Pub Crawl Around Borough Market

A Pub Crawl Around Borough Market

Five top places. | By M@
16 Ships Made Of Concrete, Hiding In The Thames

16 Ships Made Of Concrete, Hiding In The Thames

Ships *made* of concrete. | By M@
London's Bollards: A Tree Of Life

London's Bollards: A Tree Of Life

The evolution of street furniture. | By M@
London's Most Talked-About Graffiti

London's Most Talked-About Graffiti

Walls that captured the imagination. | By M@
Help Restore This Gorgeous Observatory

Help Restore This Gorgeous Observatory

It'll see through London's light pollution. | By M@
There's A Massive Fake Sky At Broadgate Right Now

There's A Massive Fake Sky At Broadgate Right Now

Pretend you're in the Truman Show. | By M@
Bike Stolen? This Site Can Help

Bike Stolen? This Site Can Help

Try Stolen Ride. | By M@
London's Shortest High Street

London's Shortest High Street

Mill Hill hides a quiet secret. | By M@
Live Somewhere Posh By Mispronouncing It

Live Somewhere Posh By Mispronouncing It

Get the Northern line from Clarm to Brough. | By M@
Hey Walthamstow: Vote Now For Your New Mural

Hey Walthamstow: Vote Now For Your New Mural

Choose from from Islamic-inspired patterns. | By M@
Tubes To Get Phone Signal? Pros And Cons

Tubes To Get Phone Signal? Pros And Cons

HELLO! I'M ON A TUBE TRAIN! | By M@
London At Night Could Be Much More Fun

London At Night Could Be Much More Fun

Competition winners announced. | By M@
Jeremy Corbyn Appears As Obi-Wan Kenobi

Jeremy Corbyn Appears As Obi-Wan Kenobi

Street art gets political. | By M@
The City Farm That Straddles A Train Line

The City Farm That Straddles A Train Line

Spotted a goat on your commute? | By M@
10 Londoners With Unusual Middle Names

10 Londoners With Unusual Middle Names

You do know who's called de Pfeffle, right? | By M@
The Tube Map Is Full Of Lies

The Tube Map Is Full Of Lies

Five places the map bends the rules. | By M@
Visit London's Oldest Tree

Visit London's Oldest Tree

The Totteridge Yew. | By M@
The City Of London Police Museum: What's All This Then?

The City Of London Police Museum: What's All This Then?

Neat, thought-provoking museum. | By M@
Love Tunnels? Go See This Exhibition

Love Tunnels? Go See This Exhibition

Boring isn't boring. | By M@
How Heathrow Airport Almost Got A Ninth Runway

How Heathrow Airport Almost Got A Ninth Runway

Expansion is not a new idea. | By M@
Did You Know That Notting Hill Used To Be A Racecourse?

Did You Know That Notting Hill Used To Be A Racecourse?

Ever heard of the Kensington Hippodrome? | By M@
A Unique Window Display On Baker Street

A Unique Window Display On Baker Street

Did you leave an iron on the number 23 bus? | By M@
9 Reasons Why Osidge Is The Most Interesting Place In London

9 Reasons Why Osidge Is The Most Interesting Place In London

And there *is* a sausage connection. | By M@
Sherlock Holmes Museum: Any Good, Or Elementary?

Sherlock Holmes Museum: Any Good, Or Elementary?

At £15 a ticket, we were hoping for more. | By M@
The Future Of London Transport... From 1988

The Future Of London Transport... From 1988

A figure-of-eight tube line? | By M@
The Ancient Wonders Of The World... In London

The Ancient Wonders Of The World... In London

Pyramids and giant statues. | By M@