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

Can You Name All Six Tube Stations Named After Pubs?

Can You Name All Six Tube Stations Named After Pubs?

And how many can you still drink in? | By M@
What Exactly Is That Strange Rhubarb Sculpture In Stratford?

What Exactly Is That Strange Rhubarb Sculpture In Stratford?

You know the one. | By M@
See HG Wells's The Time Machine... Performed In The London Library

See HG Wells's The Time Machine... Performed In The London Library

HG Wells adaptation among the book cases. | By M@
The York Watergate: The Forgotten Treasure Of Embankment Gardens

The York Watergate: The Forgotten Treasure Of Embankment Gardens

The Thames used to flow to its steps. | By M@
1970s London From The Top Deck Of A Routemaster

1970s London From The Top Deck Of A Routemaster

Mesmeric 'slow TV' film. | By M@
Campaign To Save Sclater Street Houses Near Shoreditch High Street Station

Campaign To Save Sclater Street Houses Near Shoreditch High Street Station

300-year-old weavers' homes face the chop. | By M@
Mind The Gap! The Forgotten Tube Pioneer, Minnie Smith

Mind The Gap! The Forgotten Tube Pioneer, Minnie Smith

Little Minnie with the Mighty Voice. | By M@
The Bridge Cafe In West Acton: The Cafe From The Apprentice Is One To Cherish

The Bridge Cafe In West Acton: The Cafe From The Apprentice Is One To Cherish

You're FRIED! | By M@
PICARDilly Circus Goes Where No Station Has Gone Before

PICARDilly Circus Goes Where No Station Has Gone Before

Starfleet roundels mark new show. | By M@
Turner's House In Richmond: Now With Bonus Turners

Turner's House In Richmond: Now With Bonus Turners

Painter's home finally gets some Turners. | By M@
National Trust Buildings And Parks In London

National Trust Buildings And Parks In London

Five of them are free. | By M@
Secrets Of Southwark Bridge

Secrets Of Southwark Bridge

Shining a light on London's least used bridge. | By M@
So What's This Weird Bit Of Neon Art All About, Then?

So What's This Weird Bit Of Neon Art All About, Then?

You'll either get it straight away, or not at all. | By M@
20 Forgotten Words From London's Past

20 Forgotten Words From London's Past

The sounds of old London remembered. | By M@
Every Tube Station Song: The Choral Arrangement

Every Tube Station Song: The Choral Arrangement

Every station in one song: now with bonus voices. | By M@
Croydon Creative Hub Matthews Yard Set To Close

Croydon Creative Hub Matthews Yard Set To Close

Sad cultural loss for Croydon. | By M@
House Full Of Toys? Here's How To Give Them A New Home

House Full Of Toys? Here's How To Give Them A New Home

Declutter by giving toys to children who want them. | By M@
London's First Taxi Driver: James Michael Howe

London's First Taxi Driver: James Michael Howe

He drove London's first motorised cab. | By M@