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

London's Forgotten Disasters: The Roof Of Charing Cross Station Collapses

London's Forgotten Disasters: The Roof Of Charing Cross Station Collapses

Six workers died, and the station closed for 3 months. | By M@
The Delightful Doors Of Whitechapel

The Delightful Doors Of Whitechapel

New book peers over the E1 threshold. | By M@
That New Walking Challenge You Were Looking For? Try The London Spiral

That New Walking Challenge You Were Looking For? Try The London Spiral

A 200-mile trek through the capital. | By M@
The Tide: Greenwich's New Linear Park Opens Soon

The Tide: Greenwich's New Linear Park Opens Soon

It's the start of an epic 5km linear park. | By M@
You Can Be Prosecuted For Climbing A Tree On Hampstead Heath

You Can Be Prosecuted For Climbing A Tree On Hampstead Heath

14 questionable byelaws. | By M@
London Is A Forest: Woody Revelations In New Book

London Is A Forest: Woody Revelations In New Book

Know your acer from your elder bough. | By M@
Climb London's Weirdest Skyscraper At London Festival Of Architecture 2019

Climb London's Weirdest Skyscraper At London Festival Of Architecture 2019

Over 400 events. | By M@
We Had A Go At Driving A Double-Decker Bus

We Had A Go At Driving A Double-Decker Bus

How easy is it to control a 13-ton bus? | By M@
Driverless Cars Coming To The Science Museum

Driverless Cars Coming To The Science Museum

Plus, meet Boaty McBoatface. | By M@
What's The Worst Thing About The Tube? The Poll Results Are In

What's The Worst Thing About The Tube? The Poll Results Are In

A roundel pie chart. | By M@
A London With Double-Decker Bridges And Floating Car Parks

A London With Double-Decker Bridges And Floating Car Parks

Startling 1930s images of London in thrall to the motor car. | By M@
London's Best Beer Gardens Mapped

London's Best Beer Gardens Mapped

Outdoor drinking at London pubs. | By M@
Unreal City: A Map Of Fictional London

Unreal City: A Map Of Fictional London

Over 700 fictional places mapped... but we want more. | By M@
The Greenground: A Tube Map Of Parks And How To Get Between Them

The Greenground: A Tube Map Of Parks And How To Get Between Them

Map connects London's green spaces. | By M@
Join A Weekend Of London Dreaming At Brompton Cemetery

Join A Weekend Of London Dreaming At Brompton Cemetery

Includes Alan Moore in a chapel. | By M@
Mayor Cuts Tube Wifi As Extinction Rebellion Protests Continue

Mayor Cuts Tube Wifi As Extinction Rebellion Protests Continue

Waterloo Bridge and West End close to motors. | By M@
How Not To Use An Oyster Card In 12 Bizarre Stock Images

How Not To Use An Oyster Card In 12 Bizarre Stock Images

Do I wave it at the roundel? | By M@
Imagine Leicester Square As A 'Mechanical Car Park' And Bomb Shelter

Imagine Leicester Square As A 'Mechanical Car Park' And Bomb Shelter

Long-lost subterranean plans. | By M@