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 12 books, including London Night and Day (2015), Everything You Know About London Is Wrong (2016), and the bestselling/award-winning Atlas of Imagined Places (2021)


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

The Buildings Of Sir Christopher Wren Mapped

The Buildings Of Sir Christopher Wren Mapped

Almost 100 buildings on one map. | By M@
Human Snails Crawl Into Aldgate Square

Human Snails Crawl Into Aldgate Square

New art for the City. | By M@
How To Explore London's Museums And Galleries

How To Explore London's Museums And Galleries

Follow the arrows to discover new places. | By M@
The Glory That Is Uxbridge Station

The Glory That Is Uxbridge Station

Concrete and stained glass. | By M@
Northern Line Bank Branch To Return Next Week

Northern Line Bank Branch To Return Next Week

New platform to open on time. | By M@
Best Of Londonist: 8 May 2022

Best Of Londonist: 8 May 2022

May exhibitions, Liz line opens, and family stuff beyond the M25. | By M@
The Elizabeth Line: A User's Guide

The Elizabeth Line: A User's Guide

Dates, times, prices, trivia, pub crawl... | By M@
Family-Friendly Things To Do Within An Hour Of London

Family-Friendly Things To Do Within An Hour Of London

30 attractions on London's doorstep. | By M@
What Is The New 'East Bank' In The Olympic Park?

What Is The New 'East Bank' In The Olympic Park?

London's new cultural quarter. | By M@
Secrets Of The London Underground Returns For Second Series

Secrets Of The London Underground Returns For Second Series

Tim and Siddy are back with more tube geekery. | By M@
Weekend Breaks: The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Weekend Breaks: The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Steam train through the Yorkshire hills. | By M@
Vanbrugh Castle: What Is The Turreted Building Next To Greenwich Park?

Vanbrugh Castle: What Is The Turreted Building Next To Greenwich Park?

London's own Bastille. | By M@
Olaudah Equiano: In Search Of The Slave-Turned-Abolitionist's London Memorials

Olaudah Equiano: In Search Of The Slave-Turned-Abolitionist's London Memorials

Six memorials to the author, but no street name. | By M@
In Search Of London's Oldest Graffiti

In Search Of London's Oldest Graffiti

How people scrawled in former centuries. | By M@
Around London In 12 Dragons

Around London In 12 Dragons

Let's go talon spotting. | By M@
Best of Londonist: 17 April 2022

Best of Londonist: 17 April 2022

Where to see Wisteria, have fun in the sun, and go boating. | By M@
Name That Bridge! Can You Identify These 7 Thames Bridges?

Name That Bridge! Can You Identify These 7 Thames Bridges?

Fascinating book explores all 200 Thames bridges. | By M@
12 Things You Never Knew About Ealing

12 Things You Never Knew About Ealing

Book finds treasures in the west London area. | By M@