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

Mapped: Britain's Worst Disasters

Mapped: Britain's Worst Disasters

Shipwrecks, explosions and crashes. | By M@
Parents: Tried This Great Play Space In Clerkenwell?

Parents: Tried This Great Play Space In Clerkenwell?

Postal fun at Sorted! | By M@
London's Secret Deep-Level Shelters And Where To Find Them

London's Secret Deep-Level Shelters And Where To Find Them

Wartime relics. | By M@
Ever Noticed The Ancient Pump On Cornhill?

Ever Noticed The Ancient Pump On Cornhill?

13th century survivor. | By M@
London's Worst Tube Disaster Marked By Touching New Memorial

London's Worst Tube Disaster Marked By Touching New Memorial

Previously a plaque was in its place. | By M@
London's Great Tooth Heist

London's Great Tooth Heist

The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth. | By M@
London's Forgotten Disasters: Gigantic Wave Kills 35

London's Forgotten Disasters: Gigantic Wave Kills 35

Swept into the Thames at Blackwall. | By M@
The Curious Incident Of The Dog On The Northern Line

The Curious Incident Of The Dog On The Northern Line

In the 1940s, the tube had a problem with strays. | By M@
Kids Get To Drive The DLR Every Time At Mudlarks Gallery

Kids Get To Drive The DLR Every Time At Mudlarks Gallery

Excellent play space on the Isle of Dogs. | By M@
What Are These Strange Cross Symbols On London's Bridges?

What Are These Strange Cross Symbols On London's Bridges?

Mark of the Bridge House Estates. | By M@
12 Predictions For London In 2018

12 Predictions For London In 2018

Trump's visit, and an ill-being cafe? | By M@
Google Maps Shows Nicholas Soames MP, But Not The Thames Barrier

Google Maps Shows Nicholas Soames MP, But Not The Thames Barrier

More mapping oddities. | By M@
When Christmas Went Very, Very Wrong

When Christmas Went Very, Very Wrong

Shocking around the Christmas tree. | By M@
Where Can You Find London's Tamest Peacocks?

Where Can You Find London's Tamest Peacocks?

Makes a change from the pigeon. | By M@
Got Young Kids? This Free Museum Space Is Your New Best Friend

Got Young Kids? This Free Museum Space Is Your New Best Friend

National Maritime Museum knows its ropes. | By M@
Here Is Why You Should Definitely Pay Mudchute Farm A Visit

Here Is Why You Should Definitely Pay Mudchute Farm A Visit

Animals and skyscrapers. What more could you want? | By M@
Tube To Southend? It Was Once Possible

Tube To Southend? It Was Once Possible

The trains even had toilets. | By M@
10 More Truly Crap Christmas Cracker Jokes About London

10 More Truly Crap Christmas Cracker Jokes About London

Warning: these are just awful. | By M@
Christmas Shopping In London Has Always Been A Total Crush

Christmas Shopping In London Has Always Been A Total Crush

Historic photos show festive crowds. | By M@
The Best Pubs In London's West End

The Best Pubs In London's West End

From gin palaces to thespian hangouts. | By M@
Londonist's Back Passage: #53 Crane Court

Londonist's Back Passage: #53 Crane Court

The forgotten court with a mighty history. | By M@
Christmas 1916: A Poignant Image Of A Returning Soldier

Christmas 1916: A Poignant Image Of A Returning Soldier

Happiness and sorrow beautifully captured. | By M@
Ever Wondered Why Charing Cross Hospital Is In Hammersmith?

Ever Wondered Why Charing Cross Hospital Is In Hammersmith?

All is revealed. | By M@
Six World Leaders Who Lived In London

Six World Leaders Who Lived In London

JFK was a Londoner. | By M@
The District Line Once Went To Windsor

The District Line Once Went To Windsor

Handy for royal weddings. | By M@
The Crazy Christmas When 70 Polar Bears Descended On Leicester Square

The Crazy Christmas When 70 Polar Bears Descended On Leicester Square

Wretched entertainment. | By M@
Amazing Photo Above The Houses Of Parliament

Amazing Photo Above The Houses Of Parliament

Holy crap. | By M@
The Forgotten Man Who Invented TV, Drones, Rocket Bikes And Strictly Come Dancing

The Forgotten Man Who Invented TV, Drones, Rocket Bikes And Strictly Come Dancing

The remarkable mind of Archibald Montgomery Low. | By M@
London's Sexy Spots, Mapped

London's Sexy Spots, Mapped

Brothels, saunas and Thames-side dogging. | By M@
Penge? Osidge? Where Do London's Odd Suburb Names Come From?

Penge? Osidge? Where Do London's Odd Suburb Names Come From?

An incomplete but intriguing list. | By M@
Would You Have Driven One Of These 1960s Electric Bikes?

Would You Have Driven One Of These 1960s Electric Bikes?

A short-lived solution to London's transport woes. | By M@
There's A Place On Mars Called Tooting

There's A Place On Mars Called Tooting

They're not exactly twins. | By M@
London's First Novelty Pop-Up: The Automatic Buffet

London's First Novelty Pop-Up: The Automatic Buffet

Edwardian concept cafe. | By M@
London's Best Pub Signs

London's Best Pub Signs

How's it hanging? | By M@
Imagine If London's Statues Came To Life And Formed A Football Team

Imagine If London's Statues Came To Life And Formed A Football Team

Who'd be in goal? | By M@
How To Get Covered In Squirrels In London

How To Get Covered In Squirrels In London

Spoiler alert: it involves nuts. | By M@
London Was Once The World's Biggest Port: Here's Its Story

London Was Once The World's Biggest Port: Here's Its Story

Docklands history. | By M@
The Thames Shifted To Peckham? Mad Plans From The 1930s

The Thames Shifted To Peckham? Mad Plans From The 1930s

It seems unthinkable. | By M@
Squawk! London's Parakeets Star In New Children's Book

Squawk! London's Parakeets Star In New Children's Book

Can you spot them all? | By M@
London's Victoria Cross Medal Recipients, Mapped

London's Victoria Cross Medal Recipients, Mapped

Our city's heroes. | By M@
Take A Tour Of London's Quirky Bookshops

Take A Tour Of London's Quirky Bookshops

Bibliophiles assemble!  | By M@
Lost London: Buildings Destroyed In The 21st Century

Lost London: Buildings Destroyed In The 21st Century

13 landmarks swept away. | By M@
Here's What The World's First Traffic Lights, In Westminster, Looked Like

Here's What The World's First Traffic Lights, In Westminster, Looked Like

Very HG Wells. | By M@
Victorian Time Capsules Uncovered In Euston

Victorian Time Capsules Uncovered In Euston

Message in a bottle... | By M@
London's Lost Canals

London's Lost Canals

Exhibition looks at vanished waterways. | By M@
Where Exactly Are The Hamlets Of Tower Hamlets?

Where Exactly Are The Hamlets Of Tower Hamlets?

And how old is the name? | By M@
Simon Milton: A Man With Five London Memorials

Simon Milton: A Man With Five London Memorials

Four sculptures and a fountain. | By M@
Londonist Now On Show In London Bridge Station

Londonist Now On Show In London Bridge Station

Five Londonist images fill London Bridge screens. | By M@