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), both published by Batsford.

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Articles by: Matt Brown

St James's Park, 300 Years Ago

St James's Park, 300 Years Ago

An historical view of the royal park. | By M@
Boxpark Wembley Is Happening

Boxpark Wembley Is Happening

27 independent food and drink shops. | By M@
Could This Be Old Street In 2020?

Could This Be Old Street In 2020?

The Good, the Bad and the Downright Weird. | By M@
Go Visit London's Only Moated Manor House

Go Visit London's Only Moated Manor House

A trip to Harrow. | By M@
London Scenes In The Marvel Cinematic Universe Films

London Scenes In The Marvel Cinematic Universe Films

They're more Londony than you might think. | By M@
There's Only One Official Blue Plaque In The Square Mile... And It's Not Blue

There's Only One Official Blue Plaque In The Square Mile... And It's Not Blue

Dr Johnson being different again. | By M@
Theresa May: London's Unlikely Street Art Icon

Theresa May: London's Unlikely Street Art Icon

PM stands for public murals. | By M@
This Might Just Be The Best Guide To Exploring London We've Ever Seen

This Might Just Be The Best Guide To Exploring London We've Ever Seen

Exceptional stuff from Rachel Kolsky. | By M@
Will Westminster Abbey Ever Get Its Spire?

Will Westminster Abbey Ever Get Its Spire?

Centuries of plans to crown the church. | By M@
Kids Get To Drive Buses And Tube Trains At London Transport Museum

Kids Get To Drive Buses And Tube Trains At London Transport Museum

All aboard! | By M@
Discover This Secret Garden In A Bombed Out Church

Discover This Secret Garden In A Bombed Out Church

We'll show you the way. | By M@
Lost In The Thames: A Forgotten Piece Of Transport History

Lost In The Thames: A Forgotten Piece Of Transport History

Horse bus badges are rare, but we know where to find thousands. | By M@
London To Get Cathedral Sized Crystal Ball?

London To Get Cathedral Sized Crystal Ball?

New ball-shaped concert venue for the capital. | By M@
How And Where To See The Pelicans Of St James's Park

How And Where To See The Pelicans Of St James's Park

Say hello to Louis, Vaclav and Gargi. | By M@
What's The Best Pub In Brixton?

What's The Best Pub In Brixton?

Please vote now! | By M@
The National Portrait Gallery's Hidden Secrets

The National Portrait Gallery's Hidden Secrets

Do you know about the secret tunnel? | By M@
14 Things To See In Windsor That Don't Involve The Castle Or Lego

14 Things To See In Windsor That Don't Involve The Castle Or Lego

Pavement clocks and copper corgis. | By M@
Mapped: Britain's Worst Disasters

Mapped: Britain's Worst Disasters

Shipwrecks, explosions and crashes. | By M@
Parents: Tried This Great Play Space In Clerkenwell?

Parents: Tried This Great Play Space In Clerkenwell?

Postal fun at Sorted! | By M@
London's Secret Deep-Level Shelters And Where To Find Them

London's Secret Deep-Level Shelters And Where To Find Them

Wartime relics. | By M@
Ever Noticed The Ancient Pump On Cornhill?

Ever Noticed The Ancient Pump On Cornhill?

13th century survivor. | By M@
London's Worst Tube Disaster Marked By Touching New Memorial

London's Worst Tube Disaster Marked By Touching New Memorial

Previously a plaque was in its place. | By M@
London's Great Tooth Heist

London's Great Tooth Heist

The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth. | By M@
London's Forgotten Disasters: Gigantic Wave Kills 35

London's Forgotten Disasters: Gigantic Wave Kills 35

Swept into the Thames at Blackwall. | By M@
The Curious Incident Of The Dog On The Northern Line

The Curious Incident Of The Dog On The Northern Line

In the 1940s, the tube had a problem with strays. | By M@
Kids Get To Drive The DLR Every Time At Mudlarks Gallery

Kids Get To Drive The DLR Every Time At Mudlarks Gallery

Excellent play space on the Isle of Dogs. | By M@
What Are These Strange Cross Symbols On London's Bridges?

What Are These Strange Cross Symbols On London's Bridges?

Mark of the Bridge House Estates. | By M@
12 Predictions For London In 2018

12 Predictions For London In 2018

Trump's visit, and an ill-being cafe? | By M@
Google Maps Shows Nicholas Soames MP, But Not The Thames Barrier

Google Maps Shows Nicholas Soames MP, But Not The Thames Barrier

More mapping oddities. | By M@
When Christmas Went Very, Very Wrong

When Christmas Went Very, Very Wrong

Shocking around the Christmas tree. | By M@
Where Can You Find London's Tamest Peacocks?

Where Can You Find London's Tamest Peacocks?

Makes a change from the pigeon. | By M@
Got Young Kids? This Free Museum Space Is Your New Best Friend

Got Young Kids? This Free Museum Space Is Your New Best Friend

National Maritime Museum knows its ropes. | By M@
Here Is Why You Should Definitely Pay Mudchute Farm A Visit

Here Is Why You Should Definitely Pay Mudchute Farm A Visit

Animals and skyscrapers. What more could you want? | By M@
Tube To Southend? It Was Once Possible

Tube To Southend? It Was Once Possible

The trains even had toilets. | By M@
10 More Truly Crap Christmas Cracker Jokes About London

10 More Truly Crap Christmas Cracker Jokes About London

Warning: these are just awful. | By M@
Christmas Shopping In London Has Always Been A Total Crush

Christmas Shopping In London Has Always Been A Total Crush

Historic photos show festive crowds. | By M@
The Best Pubs In London's West End

The Best Pubs In London's West End

From gin palaces to thespian hangouts. | By M@
Londonist's Back Passage: #53 Crane Court

Londonist's Back Passage: #53 Crane Court

The forgotten court with a mighty history. | By M@
Christmas 1916: A Poignant Image Of A Returning Soldier

Christmas 1916: A Poignant Image Of A Returning Soldier

Happiness and sorrow beautifully captured. | By M@
Ever Wondered Why Charing Cross Hospital Is In Hammersmith?

Ever Wondered Why Charing Cross Hospital Is In Hammersmith?

All is revealed. | By M@
Six World Leaders Who Lived In London

Six World Leaders Who Lived In London

JFK was a Londoner. | By M@
The District Line Once Went To Windsor

The District Line Once Went To Windsor

Handy for royal weddings. | By M@
The Crazy Christmas When 70 Polar Bears Descended On Leicester Square

The Crazy Christmas When 70 Polar Bears Descended On Leicester Square

Wretched entertainment. | By M@
Amazing Photo Above The Houses Of Parliament

Amazing Photo Above The Houses Of Parliament

Holy crap. | By M@
The Forgotten Man Who Invented TV, Drones, Rocket Bikes And Strictly Come Dancing

The Forgotten Man Who Invented TV, Drones, Rocket Bikes And Strictly Come Dancing

The remarkable mind of Archibald Montgomery Low. | By M@
London's Sexy Spots, Mapped

London's Sexy Spots, Mapped

Brothels, saunas and Thames-side dogging. | By M@
Penge? Osidge? Where Do London's Odd Suburb Names Come From?

Penge? Osidge? Where Do London's Odd Suburb Names Come From?

An incomplete but intriguing list. | By M@
Would You Have Driven One Of These 1960s Electric Bikes?

Would You Have Driven One Of These 1960s Electric Bikes?

A short-lived solution to London's transport woes. | By M@