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

10 Things We Learnt About London Buses From This Smashing New Book

10 Things We Learnt About London Buses From This Smashing New Book

A new book lifts the lid on London's buses. | By M@
How The Jubilee Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Jubilee Line Stations Got Their Names

The etymology of all 27 stations on the Jubilee line. | By M@
How The Central Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Central Line Stations Got Their Names

From the Ruislips to Epping. | By M@
London Stone Has Returned. Now Let's Have A Second Brexit Referendum

London Stone Has Returned. Now Let's Have A Second Brexit Referendum

How an ancient curse may have been lifted. | By M@
Join Londonist Roundel Ramblings, Our Facebook Group With 2,000 Members

Join Londonist Roundel Ramblings, Our Facebook Group With 2,000 Members

For London transport fans. | By M@
What's The Oldest Building In Southwark?

What's The Oldest Building In Southwark?

Is it a cathedral or a palace? | By M@
London's Top 8 Time Machines

London's Top 8 Time Machines

How to travel back in time in London. | By M@
London Gets Its Own Science Gallery

London Gets Its Own Science Gallery

Opens with addictive exhibition. | By M@
What Are The Commonest Baby Names In London, By Borough?

What Are The Commonest Baby Names In London, By Borough?

New data mapped for London. | By M@
Are You Taking The Cheapest Train Or Tube Route? Try Faremap

Are You Taking The Cheapest Train Or Tube Route? Try Faremap

How to get to Brighton for half price. | By M@
Will The Royal Opera House's New Look Tempt You Inside?

Will The Royal Opera House's New Look Tempt You Inside?

Covent Garden venue de-snoots itself. | By M@
The National Maritime Museum Just Got 40% Bigger, And Better

The National Maritime Museum Just Got 40% Bigger, And Better

Four new galleries. | By M@
Give Peas A Chance Graffiti Has Gone

Give Peas A Chance Graffiti Has Gone

Defaced bridge is further defaced. | By M@
Remarkable Photo Shows A War-Damaged St Paul's Cathedral

Remarkable Photo Shows A War-Damaged St Paul's Cathedral

The cathedral did not go unscathed. | By M@
What's The Oldest Building In Islington?

What's The Oldest Building In Islington?

Towers, wells and gateways. | By M@
The Electrograph: Talks, Music, Food In An Old Electricity Substation

The Electrograph: Talks, Music, Food In An Old Electricity Substation

New club in a power station. | By M@
How The Northern Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Northern Line Stations Got Their Names

Tube etymology on the Northern line. | By M@
Veggie? Vegan? VegfestUK Comes To London

Veggie? Vegan? VegfestUK Comes To London

Meat-free Olympia. | By M@