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 Saddest Statue... But Who Is He?

London's Saddest Statue... But Who Is He?

Let's see if we can cheer him up. | By M@
Big London Night Walk: Register Now, To Help Big Issue Vendors

Big London Night Walk: Register Now, To Help Big Issue Vendors

Walk through the night for charity. | By M@
Meet A Lego Walrus At Horniman Museum's Brick Wonders

Meet A Lego Walrus At Horniman Museum's Brick Wonders

See a brickish Old London Bridge. | By M@
London National Park City Is Happening, But Needs Your Help

London National Park City Is Happening, But Needs Your Help

Spread the green word. | By M@
Love London's Pubs? There's A Facebook Group For You

Love London's Pubs? There's A Facebook Group For You

Join others in discussing the best/worst/oldest/smelliest pubs. | By M@
How The Circle Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Circle Line Stations Got Their Names

The yellow spiral's names explained. | By M@
Aldwych Ghost Tube Station Recreated In 3D

Aldwych Ghost Tube Station Recreated In 3D

Photo-realistic detail. | By M@
Victorian Instagram: Watercolour World Reveals London Before The Camera

Victorian Instagram: Watercolour World Reveals London Before The Camera

Beautiful new site reveals a lost London. | By M@
The Pubs Of Charles Dickens

The Pubs Of Charles Dickens

A Dickensian pub crawl. | By M@
How The District Line Stations Got Their Names

How The District Line Stations Got Their Names

The green line's etymology. | By M@
Inside Old Oak Common: London's Big HS2 Hub

Inside Old Oak Common: London's Big HS2 Hub

Work has begun on north London's answer to Clapham Junction. | By M@
London And Paris Are Basically The Same City

London And Paris Are Basically The Same City

Landmarks match-up. | By M@
A Museum Of Ink? The Stephens Collection In Finchley Is One To Write Home About

A Museum Of Ink? The Stephens Collection In Finchley Is One To Write Home About

How was the ink museum? It was all-write. | By M@
London's Strangest Pub Names

London's Strangest Pub Names

Ever had a pint in The Case is Altered? | By M@
Ride A Lego Tube Train At The Lego Store

Ride A Lego Tube Train At The Lego Store

See a Lego tube map. | By M@
Routemaster Buses Will Not Run On Weekdays

Routemaster Buses Will Not Run On Weekdays

TfL withdraws the beloved buses. | By M@
What's The Oldest Building In Hackney?

What's The Oldest Building In Hackney?

Can you name all three Tudor buildings? | By M@
How The Metropolitan Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Metropolitan Line Stations Got Their Names

From Amersham to Aldgate. | By M@