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

Londonist Memory Machine: Reshooting Your Old Photos Of London

Londonist Memory Machine: Reshooting Your Old Photos Of London

Bringing old London to life. | By M@
Hundreds Of Tiny Artworks Hidden At Tube Stations

Hundreds Of Tiny Artworks Hidden At Tube Stations

300 of them, dotted across the tube network. | By M@
Get Your Free Map Of Green London

Get Your Free Map Of Green London

Ditch the phone map and use this. | By M@
Mapped: Every Location Mentioned In Vanity Fair

Mapped: Every Location Mentioned In Vanity Fair

Thackeray classic. | By M@
How Many Tube Puns Can You Spot In This Classic Two Ronnies Sketch?

How Many Tube Puns Can You Spot In This Classic Two Ronnies Sketch?

"Hanging around with the Theydon Bois." | By M@
Catch An Old Tube Train To Bletchley

Catch An Old Tube Train To Bletchley

District line stock heading to the Home Counties. | By M@
What Is That Building In The City Of London That Looks Like A Play Button?

What Is That Building In The City Of London That Looks Like A Play Button?

This is not a video. It is real life. | By M@
Give Peas A Chance: A Disappearing London Landmark

Give Peas A Chance: A Disappearing London Landmark

All we are saying... | By M@
Catch The City Line To Leslie Green Tube Station

Catch The City Line To Leslie Green Tube Station

A beautiful, virtual world. | By M@
Is It Just Us, Or Does This New Tower Have Something Of The Teletubbies About It?

Is It Just Us, Or Does This New Tower Have Something Of The Teletubbies About It?

Hello Heliport Heights. | By M@
Ranger's House: A Little-Known Treasure Box In Greenwich

Ranger's House: A Little-Known Treasure Box In Greenwich

Finally, no need to book. | By M@
Stock Images Of London That'll Make You Weep

Stock Images Of London That'll Make You Weep

Poses may not be entirely natural. | By M@
Look Out For London's Herd Of Colourful Rhinos

Look Out For London's Herd Of Colourful Rhinos

Can you spot all 21? | By M@
Street Art Mystery: Who Is Writing These Messages On Cans?

Street Art Mystery: Who Is Writing These Messages On Cans?

Arty recycling. | By M@
Whitechapel History Fest Looks Incredible

Whitechapel History Fest Looks Incredible

East End history minus the Ripper. | By M@
Tooting: Have You Been Inside This Incredible Building?

Tooting: Have You Been Inside This Incredible Building?

Old cinema turned bingo hall. | By M@
Six Fascinating Images Of The Early London Underground

Six Fascinating Images Of The Early London Underground

A dip into transport history. | By M@
Eddie Murphy As James Bond?

Eddie Murphy As James Bond?

Odds of just 20-1, back in 1994. | By M@