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

San Francisco's Cable Cars Were Invented By A Londoner

San Francisco's Cable Cars Were Invented By A Londoner

The story of Andrew Smith Hallidie. | By M@
What's The Oldest Building In Tower Hamlets?

What's The Oldest Building In Tower Hamlets?

Is it the Tower of London? Maybe not... | By M@
Where To Find Hedgehogs In Central London

Where To Find Hedgehogs In Central London

Just one prickle of hedgehogs left. | By M@
HS2 At Euston: What's Going On Behind The Hoardings?

HS2 At Euston: What's Going On Behind The Hoardings?

An update on rail works. | By M@
What's The Oldest Building In Lambeth?

What's The Oldest Building In Lambeth?

Hint: It's not the IMAX. | By M@
Old Coats Wanted: Donate At Tube Stations For Wrap Up London 2018

Old Coats Wanted: Donate At Tube Stations For Wrap Up London 2018

Wrap Up London gives coats to those who need them. | By M@
Rare Chance To Walk Through A Tube Tunnel With Mail Rail

Rare Chance To Walk Through A Tube Tunnel With Mail Rail

Book now for a special tour. | By M@
Trafalgar Square Pyramid And Regent Street Monorail? Unbuilt London Recreated

Trafalgar Square Pyramid And Regent Street Monorail? Unbuilt London Recreated

New images show London as it might have been. | By M@
How The Bakerloo Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Bakerloo Line Stations Got Their Names

Can you name the two with animal connections? | By M@
Seven London Bollards To See Before You Die

Seven London Bollards To See Before You Die

How many of these have you leapfrogged? | By M@
London In Comic Sans

London In Comic Sans

Everybody's favourite typeface unleashed on London. | By M@
London's Industrial History: New Books Lift Lid On King's Cross And Docklands

London's Industrial History: New Books Lift Lid On King's Cross And Docklands

A couple of corkers from History Press. | By M@
Kilburn Estate Brightened With Street Art

Kilburn Estate Brightened With Street Art

Webheath Estate attracts international artists. | By M@
Where Is This? Mystery Location On Londonist Memory Machine

Where Is This? Mystery Location On Londonist Memory Machine

Can you identify this water-side location? | By M@
A Tube Map Of Every Waitrose And Lidl In London

A Tube Map Of Every Waitrose And Lidl In London

Networks of supermarkets shown as tube map. | By M@
How The Hammersmith & City Line Stations Got Their Names

How The Hammersmith & City Line Stations Got Their Names

Etymology on the pink line. | By M@
Vote: What's London's Worst Public Sculpture?

Vote: What's London's Worst Public Sculpture?

Choose the direst statue or sculpture in the city. | By M@
How Many Red Lions Are There In London?

How Many Red Lions Are There In London?

The Red Lion is the commonest pub name in Britain, but in London? | By M@