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

Tube Map Shows The Cheapest Pint Near Every Tube Station

Tube Map Shows The Cheapest Pint Near Every Tube Station

A £1.89 pint in the most unlikely place. | By M@
Alan Turing Is The New Face Of The £50 Note

Alan Turing Is The New Face Of The £50 Note

We look at his London connections. | By M@
A First Look At The Tide: Pedways And Gardens At Greenwich Peninsula

A First Look At The Tide: Pedways And Gardens At Greenwich Peninsula

Walkways in the sky, street food, and a new bauble for Greenwich. | By M@
Shhh...Top Secret Exhibition Opens At Science Museum

Shhh...Top Secret Exhibition Opens At Science Museum

Cracking codes makes for a cracking exhibition. | By M@ ★★★★☆
London's 16 Strangest Museum Exhibits

London's 16 Strangest Museum Exhibits

From a naked Noel Edmonds to a jar of moles. | By M@
Binge Watching London: New Book Reveals Capital's TV Secrets

Binge Watching London: New Book Reveals Capital's TV Secrets

Fleabag, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Black Mirror... | By M@
Charles Holden's Tube Stations Mapped

Charles Holden's Tube Stations Mapped

Is your local station a Holden masterpiece? | By M@
Discover Unusual Trees In Your Area With This Clever Website

Discover Unusual Trees In Your Area With This Clever Website

Loose end? Ignore Facebook and browse your local trees. | By M@
Five London Escalators That Will Fill You With Joy

Five London Escalators That Will Fill You With Joy

We haven't even included the Angel escalators. | By M@
How Cringey Is This 1986 Paul McCartney Video?

How Cringey Is This 1986 Paul McCartney Video?

Macca has a ticket to ride, and he don't care. | By M@
10 Things To Try For Refugee Week, 17-23 June

10 Things To Try For Refugee Week, 17-23 June

Explore a refugee centre, see a rescued migrant boat, enjoy amazing food. | By M@
Londonist Urban Oddities: Our New Facebook Group For The Stranger Side Of London Life

Londonist Urban Oddities: Our New Facebook Group For The Stranger Side Of London Life

Street art, stupid typos, odd signs... join the hunt. | By M@
Ever Noticed The Huge Plane Tree On Cheapside?

Ever Noticed The Huge Plane Tree On Cheapside?

The Victorians loved this mighty plant. | By M@
Campaign Launched To Preserve The Bethnal Green Gasholders

Campaign Launched To Preserve The Bethnal Green Gasholders

Developers have got their eyes on the structures. | By M@
Why Every Nature-Lover Should Visit River Lee Country Park

Why Every Nature-Lover Should Visit River Lee Country Park

And it's on the Overground. | By M@
Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary Events In London

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary Events In London

#Moon50 events near you. | By M@
A Fiendish London History Quiz: Can You Beat The Champs?

A Fiendish London History Quiz: Can You Beat The Champs?

Can you beat the winners with 42/50? | By M@
Dark Matter: 95% Of The Universe Is Missing At Science Gallery London

Dark Matter: 95% Of The Universe Is Missing At Science Gallery London

Art meets science to tackle the biggest mystery in physics. | By M@ ★★★★★