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

Last Orders: An Ode To London's Padlocked Pubs

Last Orders: An Ode To London's Padlocked Pubs

37 pubs in one lament. | By M@
Classic London Songs That Don't Quite Work In The Time Of Coronavirus

Classic London Songs That Don't Quite Work In The Time Of Coronavirus

"Millions of people, swarming like flies round Waterloo underground..." | By M@
Then And Now: Photos Of The Thames Recreated

Then And Now: Photos Of The Thames Recreated

An historical diversion. | By M@
Is The Samuel Pepys Coronavirus Quote Genuine?

Is The Samuel Pepys Coronavirus Quote Genuine?

"Not a care had these rogues for the health of their elders!" | By M@
Keep Donating Blood: The NHS Needs It

Keep Donating Blood: The NHS Needs It

Clinics will remain open, and they need volunteers. | By M@
Print Your Own London Toilet Paper

Print Your Own London Toilet Paper

Desperate times call for desperate measures. | By M@
Train Services To Be Scaled Back, And Some Could Be Nationalised

Train Services To Be Scaled Back, And Some Could Be Nationalised

Cuts to services from Monday 23 March. | By M@
Spare A Thought For Corona Road In SE London

Spare A Thought For Corona Road In SE London

Joins Isis Street in the club of streets with suddenly unfortunate names. | By M@
Secrets Of Hungerford Bridge

Secrets Of Hungerford Bridge

What lies behind London's most-used pedestrian bridge? | By M@
Plaque To Phillis Wheatley: The First African-American Woman To Be Published In English

Plaque To Phillis Wheatley: The First African-American Woman To Be Published In English

A London plaque for a remarkable life. | By M@
London Bridge Closed To Cars, And Beech Street To Go Zero Emission

London Bridge Closed To Cars, And Beech Street To Go Zero Emission

Two big motoring changes in the City. | By M@
The London Mayoral Election Has Been Postponed Until 2021

The London Mayoral Election Has Been Postponed Until 2021

Coronavirus causes one year delay. | By M@
Food Banks Need Our Donations, Now More Than Ever

Food Banks Need Our Donations, Now More Than Ever

Let's double our contributions to help out. | By M@
The Great Trees Of London Map

The Great Trees Of London Map

London has some remarkable trees. Go spot them. | By M@
New Sculpture Celebrates Heritage Of The Regent's Canal

New Sculpture Celebrates Heritage Of The Regent's Canal

City Road has some new art. | By M@
Etymology Map Of London Place Names

Etymology Map Of London Place Names

How did your bit of London get its name? | By M@
Florence Nightingale's Life Explored In 200 Objects

Florence Nightingale's Life Explored In 200 Objects

Includes a DeLorean and a Barbie, would you believe? | By M@
The Curious History Of Soho's House Of St Barnabas

The Curious History Of Soho's House Of St Barnabas

Dickens and Bazalgette loom large in this members' club and charity. | By M@