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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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@
We Cheered Up London's Frowning Statues

We Cheered Up London's Frowning Statues

FaceApp turns that frown upside-down. | By M@
An Ancient London Street Returns

An Ancient London Street Returns

Welcome back, Watling and Walbrook. | By M@
Statue Of Eros: Does Anyone Know Who It Really Is?

Statue Of Eros: Does Anyone Know Who It Really Is?

Anteros? Angel of Christian Charity? | By M@
Can You Name These Buildings From The Incredible Photos?

Can You Name These Buildings From The Incredible Photos?

Unseen London is back. | By M@
850 Songs About London On One Gorgeous Map

850 Songs About London On One Gorgeous Map

Don't (use it to) go back to Dalston. | By M@
The Real Meaning Behind London's Road Signs

The Real Meaning Behind London's Road Signs

Spot the hidden Corbyn reference. | By M@
The Secret Tunnel Beneath Eros

The Secret Tunnel Beneath Eros

Photo shows a service shaft through the base. | By M@
A Very Important Statue You Probably Never Noticed

A Very Important Statue You Probably Never Noticed

Hidden Bloomsbury. | By M@
London's Parakeets: Everything You Need To Know

London's Parakeets: Everything You Need To Know

They will land on your head and bite your ear. | By M@
HS2 Is Already Changing Euston

HS2 Is Already Changing Euston

Park closed. Knitting out. | By M@
North London's Ugliest Buildings

North London's Ugliest Buildings

More vomitechture. | By M@
Cartoon Characters Who've Visited London

Cartoon Characters Who've Visited London

From the Simpsons to the Go Jetters. | By M@
Pigeon Panic: World's First AR App For Scaring Pigeons

Pigeon Panic: World's First AR App For Scaring Pigeons

This is dumb but fun. | By M@
A New Thames Tunnel You Probably Didn't Know About

A New Thames Tunnel You Probably Didn't Know About

Digging about to begin. | By M@
See The Severed Head Of Jeremy Bentham

See The Severed Head Of Jeremy Bentham

Heads-up about a new exhibition. | By M@
Einstein In London

Einstein In London

The physicist was a regular visitor. | By M@
Where Is The Source Of The Thames?

Where Is The Source Of The Thames?

A trip to Gloucestershire. | By M@
Nine London Street Signs That Will Make You Look Twice

Nine London Street Signs That Will Make You Look Twice

Trump Street leads to Russia Row. | By M@
Londoners In 1987 Wanted To Demolish These Buildings

Londoners In 1987 Wanted To Demolish These Buildings

Most are still with us. | By M@
Can You Work Out All 11 Tube Stations Named After Bridges?

Can You Work Out All 11 Tube Stations Named After Bridges?

Easy one to start: London Bridge. | By M@
Free Exhibition Of Our Beautiful Universe

Free Exhibition Of Our Beautiful Universe

Where to take the person who wants the Moon on a stick. | By M@
Check Out This Gaudy Inflatable Sculpture In Broadgate

Check Out This Gaudy Inflatable Sculpture In Broadgate

Camille Walala brings colour to the City. | By M@
How A Fake Lion Caused An Elephant Stampede In London

How A Fake Lion Caused An Elephant Stampede In London

King's College mascot endangers crowd. | By M@
Have A Go At Our Mail Rail Quiz

Have A Go At Our Mail Rail Quiz

40 questions inspired by the Post Office. | By M@
One Of London's Best Sculptures Finally Sees The Light

One Of London's Best Sculptures Finally Sees The Light

Rescued from a shrubbery. | By M@
Would London Be Better If It Was Run By Americans? This Victorian Newspaper Thought So

Would London Be Better If It Was Run By Americans? This Victorian Newspaper Thought So

The foreign perspective. | By M@
Thunderbirds To 'Take Over' Cable Car

Thunderbirds To 'Take Over' Cable Car

Terrifying commercial crossover. | By M@