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

Massive Dogs Loom Large Over Shoreditch

Massive Dogs Loom Large Over Shoreditch

Amazing street art. | By M@
The Square Mile Has TWO New Parks

The Square Mile Has TWO New Parks

Aldgate smartens up. | By M@
How Many Of These Stylish Benches Have You Spotted?

How Many Of These Stylish Benches Have You Spotted?

A dog bench on Houndsditch. | By M@
How The View From Waterloo Bridge Has Changed Beyond Recognition

How The View From Waterloo Bridge Has Changed Beyond Recognition

14 years makes all the difference. | By M@
Wales Is Getting Our Old Tube Trains... And Making Them Beautiful

Wales Is Getting Our Old Tube Trains... And Making Them Beautiful

District line hand-me-downs. | By M@
The Hidden Museum Of Lost Architecture

The Hidden Museum Of Lost Architecture

A window from St Paul's and a door from 10 Downing Street. | By M@
Get Yourself A Glowy Tube Roundel

Get Yourself A Glowy Tube Roundel

Available now in LTM shop. | By M@
The New Serpentine Pavilion Is Reflective And Even More Reflective

The New Serpentine Pavilion Is Reflective And Even More Reflective

A masterpiece of light and reflection. | By M@
Adam Dant's Book Of London Maps Is Gorgeous

Adam Dant's Book Of London Maps Is Gorgeous

Fans of hand-drawn maps have a new idol. | By M@
Cancelled: Oxford Street Pedestrianisation

Cancelled: Oxford Street Pedestrianisation

Westminster nixes plans. | By M@
Could You Escape Crystal Palace's Fiendish Maze? There's Only One Way To Find Out

Could You Escape Crystal Palace's Fiendish Maze? There's Only One Way To Find Out

See you on the other side. | By M@
After 16 Years, London Bridge Water Feature Is Filled In

After 16 Years, London Bridge Water Feature Is Filled In

No more ankle twists, but still a sorry loss. | By M@
New Olympic Park District Has Unintentionally Funny Name

New Olympic Park District Has Unintentionally Funny Name

What could be hilarious about East Bank? | By M@
The English King Who Drank Himself To Death In Lambeth

The English King Who Drank Himself To Death In Lambeth

All very Game of Thrones. | By M@
This Live Map Tells You Where Every Bus In London Is Right Now

This Live Map Tells You Where Every Bus In London Is Right Now

God's-eye view of our four-wheeled friends. | By M@
Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience Returns To Wembley

Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience Returns To Wembley

Daaa, da da da, da da da, da da da! | By M@
Can You Beat The Champs In This Bloody Difficult London History Quiz?

Can You Beat The Champs In This Bloody Difficult London History Quiz?

Which Londoner had a dog called Trump? | By M@
London's Trams To Go Cashless

London's Trams To Go Cashless

Another way you can't spend coins. | By M@
Snakes On The Tube: An Update

Snakes On The Tube: An Update

Have you seen these slithering beasts? | By M@
A Jaw-Dropping New Museum At Westminster Abbey

A Jaw-Dropping New Museum At Westminster Abbey

Finally open after 800 years. | By M@
Did You Know That Quorn Was Invented Beside The Thames?

Did You Know That Quorn Was Invented Beside The Thames?

Marlow in Bucks gave us fakon butties. | By M@
Why Does Everyone Think That Paddington Is A Bastard To Get To?
Opinion

Why Does Everyone Think That Paddington Is A Bastard To Get To?

Great questions of our time. | By M@
London Has A New Brutalist Station

London Has A New Brutalist Station

Brutalist newbie. | By M@
Woah! Stunning Panoramic Images Of London From The Air

Woah! Stunning Panoramic Images Of London From The Air

Twilight magic. | By M@
North London's Best Beer Gardens

North London's Best Beer Gardens

Al fresco up north. | By M@
Attenborough And Franklin Together On One London Mural

Attenborough And Franklin Together On One London Mural

Heroes of science. | By M@
New Direct Trains Between Greenwich And Farringdon, St Pancras, West Hamsptead

New Direct Trains Between Greenwich And Farringdon, St Pancras, West Hamsptead

North London, meet the south-east. | By M@
Biggest Pub In London? The New BrewDog Has To Be A Contender

Biggest Pub In London? The New BrewDog Has To Be A Contender

So big, you lose the end round the curvature of the Earth. | By M@
Tube Snakes: Have You Seen Them?

Tube Snakes: Have You Seen Them?

On the hunt of the mysterious serpents. | By M@
Take A Walk Through The City Of London's Pocket Parks

Take A Walk Through The City Of London's Pocket Parks

Oases in the city. | By M@
The Science Museum Has An Expensive New Spacecraft On Display

The Science Museum Has An Expensive New Spacecraft On Display

An impressive bit of kit. | By M@
How To Visit 30 Towns In One Afternoon

How To Visit 30 Towns In One Afternoon

Marvellous museum, just off the M25. | By M@
The Godfather Trilogy... In London Shop Fronts

The Godfather Trilogy... In London Shop Fronts

"I have learned more in the streets than any classroom" - Don Carleone. | By M@
This Has Got To Be London's Oddest Sculpture, Right?

This Has Got To Be London's Oddest Sculpture, Right?

Kingston calling. | By M@
Why Is There An Elephant On Camden's Coat Of Arms?

Why Is There An Elephant On Camden's Coat Of Arms?

That crest explained. | By M@
Ever Noticed This Stars-And-Stripes Church Tower?

Ever Noticed This Stars-And-Stripes Church Tower?

US patriotism in Lambeth. | By M@
Will Your Area Get An ASDA-Sainsbury's Megastore?

Will Your Area Get An ASDA-Sainsbury's Megastore?

On the hunt for London's closest pairing. | By M@
The Real Sherlock Of Baker Street

The Real Sherlock Of Baker Street

Alimentary... | By M@
The History Behind London's Smallest House

The History Behind London's Smallest House

A Bayswater curiosity. | By M@
Kids Into Peter Rabbit? They'll Love This Place Near London

Kids Into Peter Rabbit? They'll Love This Place Near London

Run rabbit, run! | By M@
That Shakespeare Bloke Gets Everywhere

That Shakespeare Bloke Gets Everywhere

All the city's a stage for the Bard's memorials. | By M@
DO NOT EXPLORE This Secret Passage In Holborn

DO NOT EXPLORE This Secret Passage In Holborn

A gate into 'Cambridgeshire'. | By M@
Is This London's First Sci-Fi And Fantasy Story?

Is This London's First Sci-Fi And Fantasy Story?

This creeped us out. | By M@
See A Spitfire And Typhoon In Guildhall Yard, Right Now

See A Spitfire And Typhoon In Guildhall Yard, Right Now

Chocks away! | By M@
Have You Spotted Hackney's Ghost Postcode?

Have You Spotted Hackney's Ghost Postcode?

Help fill in the map. | By M@
Is This A Missing Piece Of The Old Ludgate?

Is This A Missing Piece Of The Old Ludgate?

Amazing what you find down side streets. | By M@
510 More Skyscrapers Are Planned For London

510 More Skyscrapers Are Planned For London

The only way is up. | By M@
The Victorians Built A Working Volcano Off The Walworth Road

The Victorians Built A Working Volcano Off The Walworth Road

Naples on Thames. | By M@