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

How The Metropolitan Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Metropolitan Line Stations Got Their Names

From Amersham to Aldgate. | By M@
First Look At The Centre For Music, Which Could Replace Museum Of London Building

First Look At The Centre For Music, Which Could Replace Museum Of London Building

Rather astonishing, don't you think? | By M@
More Amazing Cutaways Of London Underground Stations

More Amazing Cutaways Of London Underground Stations

What a tangled web we weave. | By M@
London Has A Pub From A Nursery Rhyme

London Has A Pub From A Nursery Rhyme

Everyone hated it. Do you? | By M@
London's Forgotten Disasters: The Great Beer Flood

London's Forgotten Disasters: The Great Beer Flood

Eight people killed in tide of porter. | By M@
Spotted The Hidden Lions Of Fiveways Corner?

Spotted The Hidden Lions Of Fiveways Corner?

An unexpected pride on the A1. | By M@
Vote Now For London's Worst Public Sculpture

Vote Now For London's Worst Public Sculpture

The polls are open. | By M@
What's This Sloped Stone Pedestal Thing Near The Oxo Tower?

What's This Sloped Stone Pedestal Thing Near The Oxo Tower?

You've probably seen it, but do you know what it is? | By M@
12 Predictions For London In 2019

12 Predictions For London In 2019

We gaze into the crystal ball. | By M@
An Enormous Subterranean Ice House Has Been Uncovered Near Regent's Park

An Enormous Subterranean Ice House Has Been Uncovered Near Regent's Park

A secret space that you may be able to visit. | By M@
The Best Pubs Near London's Train Stations

The Best Pubs Near London's Train Stations

A cheeky half before the journey home. | By M@
London's 10 Best Pubs By The River Thames

London's 10 Best Pubs By The River Thames

We've tried them all, many times, and these are our favourites. | By M@
Tudor Festival Of Talks Marks A Big 500 At Gresham College

Tudor Festival Of Talks Marks A Big 500 At Gresham College

Talks about Tudor London and much more. | By M@
Whitechapel Added To Night Overground

Whitechapel Added To Night Overground

From this weekend, you can stay out late in E1. | By M@
Drink Your Way Through The Kings And Queens Of Britain

Drink Your Way Through The Kings And Queens Of Britain

From King Harold to the Queen Mum. | By M@
Here's How London's South Bank Might Have Looked

Here's How London's South Bank Might Have Looked

Misha Black's giant submarine visualised. | By M@
Get Prints Of Anglo-Saxon London And Fake Britain Maps

Get Prints Of Anglo-Saxon London And Fake Britain Maps

Three new Londonist prints for sale. | By M@
Old Eurostar Platforms Reopen At Waterloo Station

Old Eurostar Platforms Reopen At Waterloo Station

Passport no longer required. | By M@