Dr Matthew Green

Founder, Unreal City Audio and Author of “London: A Travel Guide Through Time”


“To me, society beyond borders means a form of transgressive social interaction which liberates people from the the straitjackets of society.”

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Dr Matthew Green graduated from the University of Oxford in 2011 with a PhD in the history of London. Since then, he has hung up his mortar board and gown and embraced popular history, striving to bring history to life across a range of media.

He is the author of the acclaimed London: A Travel Guide Through Time (Penguin), which has been described by the Londonist as ‘easily the best social history of London for a decade’ and by William Hague as ‘an excellent and vivid work of history’, writes historical features for the Guardian, Telegraph and Financial Times, and has featured in documentaries on BBC2, BBC4, ITV and Channel 4, appearing also on Newsnight and BBC Radio London. Matthew is a passionate public speaker with a uniquely fast-paced and high-octane delivery.

He has lectured at Buckingham Palace, Port Elliot Festival, Tate Britain, Google, Oxford University and the Idler Academy and is the founder of Unreal City Audio, which produces immersive, critically acclaimed tours of historic London with actors and musicians, including the hit Coffeehouse Tour as live events, apps, and audio downloads. One of his keenest interests is the history of the 17th and 18th-century coffeehouse and he has written a pamphlet entitled The Lost World of the London Coffeehouse, published by Idler Books.  He lives just down the road from the Hackney Empire, in Dalston.