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

Seen Ben Wilson's Chewing Gum Paintings On Millennium Bridge?

Seen Ben Wilson's Chewing Gum Paintings On Millennium Bridge?

Now a major tourist attraction. | By M@
The Whitechapel Fatberg Has Its Own Hidden Memorial

The Whitechapel Fatberg Has Its Own Hidden Memorial

Watch your feet when leaving Whitechapel station. | By M@
Giant Interactive Sculptures Appear In King's Cross

Giant Interactive Sculptures Appear In King's Cross

Approach, and they'll speak. | By M@
Science City 1550-1800: Inside The Science Museum's Brand New Gallery

Science City 1550-1800: Inside The Science Museum's Brand New Gallery

How the city shaped science and vice versa. | By M@
A Beginner's Guide To The Iconic Plane Trees Of London

A Beginner's Guide To The Iconic Plane Trees Of London

Watch out for those dangly balls. | By M@
London's Lost Rivers: Walking The Hidden River Walbrook

London's Lost Rivers: Walking The Hidden River Walbrook

Buried, but not yet forgotten. | By M@
What Connects Michael Caine, Ronnie Corbett And Nicola Adams? London's Portrait Benches

What Connects Michael Caine, Ronnie Corbett And Nicola Adams? London's Portrait Benches

In search of London's local hero statues. | By M@
Secrets Of Battersea Arts Centre

Secrets Of Battersea Arts Centre

We go behind-the-scenes at the much-loved venue. | By M@
TfL's Famous Lost Property Office Is Moving To South Kensington

TfL's Famous Lost Property Office Is Moving To South Kensington

Lost something on the tube? Here's where to go now. | By M@
Rare Chance To Step Onto The Dinosaur Islands In Crystal Palace Park

Rare Chance To Step Onto The Dinosaur Islands In Crystal Palace Park

Tickets available now. | By M@
White Hart Lane Overground Station Gets A Potty New Look

White Hart Lane Overground Station Gets A Potty New Look

Revamped Overground stop covered in plant pots. | By M@
What Are The Most Popular New Baby Names In London, By Borough: 2018

What Are The Most Popular New Baby Names In London, By Borough: 2018

Check for your borough. | By M@
The Best Thing About Stansted? The House On The Hill Toy Museum

The Best Thing About Stansted? The House On The Hill Toy Museum

The only museum where the Terminator shares a shelf with Noddy. | By M@
The Best Street Art In Camden Town, 2019

The Best Street Art In Camden Town, 2019

13 murals that'll stop you in your tracks. | By M@
UK's First Permanent Rainbow Crossing Installed In South London

UK's First Permanent Rainbow Crossing Installed In South London

Lambeth Council makes LGBT+ solidarity gesture. | By M@
Is The St Pancras Hardy Tree Dying?

Is The St Pancras Hardy Tree Dying?

Worrying fungus threatens 'secret London' landmark. | By M@
Regatta London: The Tide Will Be Stopped For Thames Paddlesports Event

Regatta London: The Tide Will Be Stopped For Thames Paddlesports Event

You, versus the River Thames. | By M@
Over 800 Buildings To Explore For Open House London 2019

Over 800 Buildings To Explore For Open House London 2019

See inside the Old Bailey, Abbey Mills, 55 Broadway and more. | By M@