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

Every Tate Modern Turbine Hall Commission, And Where They Are Now

Every Tate Modern Turbine Hall Commission, And Where They Are Now

Know which one visited the Korean Demilitarised Zone? | By M@
The Alternate Reality London Of His Dark Materials

The Alternate Reality London Of His Dark Materials

Lyra's world has hidden similarities to our own. | By M@
Crossrail Definitely Won't Open In 2020, And Needs More Money

Crossrail Definitely Won't Open In 2020, And Needs More Money

You'll still have to wait for the Elizabeth line. | By M@
Hunt The Snowman! Christmas Art Trail Coming To London Bridge City

Hunt The Snowman! Christmas Art Trail Coming To London Bridge City

"We're stalking in the air..." | By M@
A Decade Of Stunning Shots From London's Rooftops Go On Show

A Decade Of Stunning Shots From London's Rooftops Go On Show

The towering work of James Burns. | By M@
A Guide To Occult London

A Guide To Occult London

New map reveals the capital's mystical side. | By M@
More Of London's Crappiest Benches

More Of London's Crappiest Benches

Benches with woeful views. | By M@
Do You Colour In The Tube Map To Remember Where You've Been?

Do You Colour In The Tube Map To Remember Where You've Been?

Do you have a track record? | By M@
Holborn Viaduct Building Could Feature Europe's Largest Green Wall

Holborn Viaduct Building Could Feature Europe's Largest Green Wall

Well that's an improvement. | By M@
Famous Londoners Of The Future: A Quick Quiz

Famous Londoners Of The Future: A Quick Quiz

Can you beat the winning score of 6/10? | By M@
Elevated Garden To Run Alongside Waterloo Station

Elevated Garden To Run Alongside Waterloo Station

We just hope they fit a better safety rail. | By M@
How The Tube Stations Might Have Been Named

How The Tube Stations Might Have Been Named

A map of alternative names that were seriously considered. | By M@
A Stormtrooper Pop-Up Shop Opens At Shoreditch Boxpark This Week

A Stormtrooper Pop-Up Shop Opens At Shoreditch Boxpark This Week

Get a stormtrooper helmet made from the original mould. | By M@
Londonist Turns 15: Here's A Highlight From Each Year (So Far)

Londonist Turns 15: Here's A Highlight From Each Year (So Far)

Your favourite London website hits the big 1-5. | By M@
Did Your Street Exist In 1746? Layers Of London Now Has Old Suburb Maps

Did Your Street Exist In 1746? Layers Of London Now Has Old Suburb Maps

Fade between old and new maps. | By M@
See The Gates To The Euston Arch At National Railway Museum

See The Gates To The Euston Arch At National Railway Museum

And other relics from the station. | By M@
Benches With Really Awful Views: Send Us Your Nominations

Benches With Really Awful Views: Send Us Your Nominations

In search of Benches Of Laughable Outlooks (BOLOks). | By M@
London's 10 Spookiest Street Names

London's 10 Spookiest Street Names

Brimstone, gore and a hanging sword. | By M@