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

Eddie Murphy As James Bond?

Eddie Murphy As James Bond?

Odds of just 20-1, back in 1994. | By M@
Trafalgar Square Is Getting A Fifth Lion, And It'll Roar Poetry At You

Trafalgar Square Is Getting A Fifth Lion, And It'll Roar Poetry At You

Crimson lion to spew poetry all over square. | By M@
Which Is London's Smallest Listed Building?

Which Is London's Smallest Listed Building?

It's not what the internet says. | By M@
London's Lost Rivers Mapped, With The Place Names They Inspired

London's Lost Rivers Mapped, With The Place Names They Inspired

Peckham, Deptford, Shoreditch, Kilburn... all rivery names. | By M@
Has Anything Interesting EVER Happened In Sutton?

Has Anything Interesting EVER Happened In Sutton?

Why yes. Watch out for pumas and poodlebugs. | By M@
Queen Elizabeth II: An Alternative History

Queen Elizabeth II: An Alternative History

Remember the time she was forced to move to a council flat? | By M@
Why You Should Go To... St Albans

Why You Should Go To... St Albans

New museum; very, very old everything else. | By M@
See The Beatles On Old Street Roundabout

See The Beatles On Old Street Roundabout

Fab Four reunited on gyratory. | By M@
Which Is London's Grottiest Tube Station?

Which Is London's Grottiest Tube Station?

It's Old Street, right? We're saying Old Street. | By M@
Where Does Winnie The Pooh Live? Near Edgware

Where Does Winnie The Pooh Live? Near Edgware

Pooh Corner is inside the M25. | By M@
We're Dying For London Month Of The Dead

We're Dying For London Month Of The Dead

Talks & walks in London cemeteries. | By M@
8 Things That'll Happen In London When It Finally Rains

8 Things That'll Happen In London When It Finally Rains

Hugh Grant and Rita Ora's wellies. | By M@
Bricklayers In Bathing Suits? Pictures Of Old London Heatwaves

Bricklayers In Bathing Suits? Pictures Of Old London Heatwaves

It's amazing what Londoners will do to keep cool. | By M@
A Doctor Who Escape Room For London?

A Doctor Who Escape Room For London?

Pack your sonic screwdriver. | By M@
Visit The World's Tiniest Tube Station

Visit The World's Tiniest Tube Station

Hanton Road opens in model village. | By M@
The Cheesegrater Boasts The Fastest Lift In Europe... What's It Like To Go To The Top?

The Cheesegrater Boasts The Fastest Lift In Europe... What's It Like To Go To The Top?

Amazing views within seconds. | By M@
Historic Pump Restored To Soho

Historic Pump Restored To Soho

John Snow's memorial returns. | By M@
How English Cities Got Their Names

How English Cities Got Their Names

What's the only city named after a woman? | By M@