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 Richly Detailed Map Of London's History And Culture

A Richly Detailed Map Of London's History And Culture

Cally Lathey's latest map is a joy. | By M@
How The Piccadilly Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Piccadilly Line Stations Got Their Names

Deep blue etymology. | By M@
Get A Retro-Style Map Of Your London Borough

Get A Retro-Style Map Of Your London Borough

60s-style borough prints. | By M@
It's Official: Futuristic Tube Trains Are Coming To Piccadilly Line In 2024

It's Official: Futuristic Tube Trains Are Coming To Piccadilly Line In 2024

TfL reveals new details about the New Tube. | By M@
Fake Britain: A Map Of Fictional Locations In England, Scotland And Wales

Fake Britain: A Map Of Fictional Locations In England, Scotland And Wales

Hogwarts? Bleak House? Holby City? | By M@
Is This New City Of London Skyscraper A Tulip Or A Fungus?

Is This New City Of London Skyscraper A Tulip Or A Fungus?

Gherkin architects plan bulbous viewing tower. | By M@
Do The Karl Marx Pub Crawl

Do The Karl Marx Pub Crawl

A communist goes drinking. Chaos ensues. | By M@
How The City Of London Was Still Bomb-Scarred 14 Years After The Blitz

How The City Of London Was Still Bomb-Scarred 14 Years After The Blitz

Huge holes in the City. | By M@
San Francisco's Cable Cars Were Invented By A Londoner

San Francisco's Cable Cars Were Invented By A Londoner

The story of Andrew Smith Hallidie. | By M@
What's The Oldest Building In Tower Hamlets?

What's The Oldest Building In Tower Hamlets?

Is it the Tower of London? Maybe not... | By M@
Where To Find Hedgehogs In Central London

Where To Find Hedgehogs In Central London

Just one prickle of hedgehogs left. | By M@
HS2 At Euston: What's Going On Behind The Hoardings?

HS2 At Euston: What's Going On Behind The Hoardings?

An update on rail works. | By M@
What's The Oldest Building In Lambeth?

What's The Oldest Building In Lambeth?

Hint: It's not the IMAX. | By M@
Old Coats Wanted: Donate At Tube Stations For Wrap Up London 2018

Old Coats Wanted: Donate At Tube Stations For Wrap Up London 2018

Wrap Up London gives coats to those who need them. | By M@
Rare Chance To Walk Through A Tube Tunnel With Mail Rail

Rare Chance To Walk Through A Tube Tunnel With Mail Rail

Book now for a special tour. | By M@
Trafalgar Square Pyramid And Regent Street Monorail? Unbuilt London Recreated

Trafalgar Square Pyramid And Regent Street Monorail? Unbuilt London Recreated

New images show London as it might have been. | By M@
How The Bakerloo Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Bakerloo Line Stations Got Their Names

Can you name the two with animal connections? | By M@
Seven London Bollards To See Before You Die

Seven London Bollards To See Before You Die

How many of these have you leapfrogged? | By M@