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

Best Of Londonist: 24 October 2021

Best Of Londonist: 24 October 2021

A tower you HAVE to climb, the Beano exhibition, and the best hot chocolates. | By M@
The Original King's Cross: London's Most Hated Monument

The Original King's Cross: London's Most Hated Monument

The reviled statue that kickstarted King's Cross. | By M@
Amazing Views And Free Tours Of Cally Clock Tower

Amazing Views And Free Tours Of Cally Clock Tower

Hope you're not scared of heights... | By M@
What's The Commonest Baby Name In Your London Borough? 2020 Stats Revealed

What's The Commonest Baby Name In Your London Borough? 2020 Stats Revealed

Noah is looking particularly buoyant. | By M@
Volunteers Needed For WrapUp London's Coat Collections At Tube Stations This Winter

Volunteers Needed For WrapUp London's Coat Collections At Tube Stations This Winter

Sign up now to help get coats to those who need them. | By M@
In Pictures: The Demolition Of Elephant And Castle Shopping Centre

In Pictures: The Demolition Of Elephant And Castle Shopping Centre

Farewell to a London landmark. | By M@
Is The "Tulip Tower" Going To Bloom After All?

Is The "Tulip Tower" Going To Bloom After All?

New nickname: "the Nose Swab". | By M@
The Bizarre And Ancient Tree Peacocks Of Bedfont, Near Heathrow

The Bizarre And Ancient Tree Peacocks Of Bedfont, Near Heathrow

Yew won't believe it. | By M@
Mirror London: Strange Reflections On The City

Mirror London: Strange Reflections On The City

Odd photos of an inverted London. | By M@
This 3.5-Metre Tall Refugee Puppet Is Coming To London This Month

This 3.5-Metre Tall Refugee Puppet Is Coming To London This Month

Little Amal has walked from Syria to share the plight of children. | By M@
Have You Spotted The Three Queens Of Fleet Street?

Have You Spotted The Three Queens Of Fleet Street?

Find all 11 monarchs in London's royal not-quite-mile. | By M@
What's The Oldest Picture Of London?

What's The Oldest Picture Of London?

Medieval sketches and Victorian photography. | By M@
Pigs Might Fly? One Did in Kent, Over 100 Years Ago

Pigs Might Fly? One Did in Kent, Over 100 Years Ago

Icarus II: the first airborne pig. | By M@
Mercers Maidens: Who Is This Mysterious Lady?

Mercers Maidens: Who Is This Mysterious Lady?

Once you've seen one, you'll spot them everywhere. | By M@
The Secret Park From Which You Can Glimpse The Queen Vic From EastEnders

The Secret Park From Which You Can Glimpse The Queen Vic From EastEnders

The fictional pub is very much real. | By M@
The Strange Things You Can Find On London's Roundabouts

The Strange Things You Can Find On London's Roundabouts

From a naked goddess to an interdimensional portal. | By M@
Remember Mr Benn? Did You Know He Has A London Plaque?

Remember Mr Benn? Did You Know He Has A London Plaque?

We head to Putney in search of the bowler-hatted hero. | By M@
Where Can I Find A Playground In Central London? Try This Map

Where Can I Find A Playground In Central London? Try This Map

Help us fill in the gaps. | By M@