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

Abandoned London: New Book Shines Light On The Rarely Glimpsed City

Abandoned London: New Book Shines Light On The Rarely Glimpsed City

Get a look behind the city's padlocked doors. | By M@
London Shops With Totally Legitimate Celebrity Endorsements

London Shops With Totally Legitimate Celebrity Endorsements

Al Pacino's grocery? The Lion King booze shop? | By M@
West London's Best Beer Gardens

West London's Best Beer Gardens

London's largest, oldest and... wettest... drinking spots. | By M@
London’s Best Postmodern Buildings: An Opinionated Selection

London’s Best Postmodern Buildings: An Opinionated Selection

Colourful, playful architecture from the 80s. | By M@
The Other Sherlock And Moriarty Of Baker Street

The Other Sherlock And Moriarty Of Baker Street

A plaque to Sherlock... but not the one you expected. | By M@
London’s Most Inconvenient Plaque Marks A Forgotten Roman Site

London’s Most Inconvenient Plaque Marks A Forgotten Roman Site

Hidden in brambles, up a big hill, miles from anywhere. | By M@
Have You Discovered The Fairy Wood In Barnet?

Have You Discovered The Fairy Wood In Barnet?

Monken Hadley Common is alive with fairyfolk. | By M@
8 Times We Spotted Elvis In London

8 Times We Spotted Elvis In London

Where to see The King around town. | By M@
The London Walker's Tube Map

The London Walker's Tube Map

From the London LOOP to the Thames Path. | By M@
11 Famous London Cats

11 Famous London Cats

The biggest, best, and most bizarre. | By M@
London's Top Dogs

London's Top Dogs

Some of London's most famous (and infamous) dogs. | By M@
Beautiful Retro Maps Of Every London Borough: Seen Yours?

Beautiful Retro Maps Of Every London Borough: Seen Yours?

All 32 boroughs in a 1960s style. | By M@
Spotted This Hidden Ring Of Plane Trees In Green Park?

Spotted This Hidden Ring Of Plane Trees In Green Park?

A Druidic landmark? | By M@
A Phone Box Full Of Books You Can Borrow Any Time

A Phone Box Full Of Books You Can Borrow Any Time

Eastcote in northwest London gets new book hub. | By M@
Woah! Stunning Aerial Shots Of London In Paul Campbell's New Book

Woah! Stunning Aerial Shots Of London In Paul Campbell's New Book

Get a bird's eye view of London | By M@
Brixton Gets Huge New Mural To Local Rapper Ty

Brixton Gets Huge New Mural To Local Rapper Ty

Local hip-hop artist died of Covid-19 in May. | By M@
The Greenground: The 'Walker's Tube Map' Has Flourished Into Something Beautiful

The Greenground: The 'Walker's Tube Map' Has Flourished Into Something Beautiful

Parks, woods and green spaces all on one handy map. | By M@
See West End Stars Performing For Free, Right Next To A Tube Station

See West End Stars Performing For Free, Right Next To A Tube Station

Missing the West End? Head here... | By M@