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

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@
What's The Commonest Baby Name In Your London Borough?

What's The Commonest Baby Name In Your London Borough?

2019's stats confirm The Rise Of The Noah. | By M@
Treasures Of Havering To Go On Show At Museum Of London

Treasures Of Havering To Go On Show At Museum Of London

Discoveries from 900 years before the birth of London. | By M@
Where Exactly Is 221B Baker Street?

Where Exactly Is 221B Baker Street?

Get your detective caps on. | By M@
Top 9 Modern Sculptures In London

Top 9 Modern Sculptures In London

Did we get your favourite? | By M@
Toilet Roll In London: A Feculent History

Toilet Roll In London: A Feculent History

London is top of the plops when it comes to arse-wiping innovation. | By M@
Best London Shows To Watch On Netflix

Best London Shows To Watch On Netflix

Films and tv, acclaimed and panned. | By M@
Haringey-Based Charity 'Wise Thoughts' Champions The Arts In Minority Communities

Haringey-Based Charity 'Wise Thoughts' Champions The Arts In Minority Communities

Spotlight on the Haringey-based LGBTQI+ and BAME charity. | By M@
BBC iPlayer Has A Treasure Trove Of London Documentaries

BBC iPlayer Has A Treasure Trove Of London Documentaries

Over 15 hours at your fingertips. | By M@
The Best London Shows On Amazon Prime

The Best London Shows On Amazon Prime

Roundup of films and TV. | By M@
Last Orders: An Ode To London's Padlocked Pubs

Last Orders: An Ode To London's Padlocked Pubs

37 pubs in one lament. | By M@
Classic London Songs That Don't Quite Work In The Time Of Coronavirus

Classic London Songs That Don't Quite Work In The Time Of Coronavirus

"Millions of people, swarming like flies round Waterloo underground..." | By M@
Then And Now: Photos Of The Thames Recreated

Then And Now: Photos Of The Thames Recreated

An historical diversion. | By M@
Is The Samuel Pepys Coronavirus Quote Genuine?

Is The Samuel Pepys Coronavirus Quote Genuine?

"Not a care had these rogues for the health of their elders!" | By M@
Keep Donating Blood: The NHS Needs It

Keep Donating Blood: The NHS Needs It

Clinics will remain open, and they need volunteers. | By M@
Print Your Own London Toilet Paper

Print Your Own London Toilet Paper

Desperate times call for desperate measures. | By M@