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The List

Matt The List began life as The List in February 2013 when I started to realise just how many exciting places I was ignoring in London.  After trawling through The Nudge, Barchick, Great Little Place and Timeout, the first word document draft was drawn up and printed off, and the maiden voyage to Underdog was planned. It was potentially going to be a collaborative blog, but in the end I took on the responsibility of writing everything up.

Things got a little crazy after that, and I covered over 200 places in the first 200 days.  My little list of quirky bars and eateries has expanded to include breweries, new restaurants, pubs and popups, and a word document just won't cut it anymore!  I now refer more often to Map The List to plan my next adventure, and I rely heavily on a few select websites (and their twitter feeds):

Barchick - check "bar chat" and "latest hangouts"
Hot Dinners - the most essential restaurant website
London Popups - sign up to the newsletter for weekly updates

I don't consider my posts to be reviews, especially as I can't afford to go in to all of these places and sample enough to write a comprehensive "review" that I would be happy with.  Instead, I normally prefer to visit a few places in one outing, and write rambling posts about my trips.  My hope is that readers have been inspired to link a few places together themselves, and have started to make their own (probably shorter) London wishlist.

The blog wouldn't exist without Team List - my friends who accompany me and compete on the Team List Leaderboard.  Anyone can become a member of Team List, but it might take some work to make it into the Top 20!  Don't hesistate to get in touch by leaving a comment here, following me on twitter / instagram (@MattTheList) or sending an email to matt [at] mattthelist [dot] com.

I also put up shorter photo posts on Matt The Tumblr, and you can follow me on Facebook and Zomato if you so wish!

Most of the photos on the website are taken with my Canon 500D with a 50mm f1.8 lens.

About Me:

I am a self-employed musician with a maths degree, and I spend most of my time teaching the violin to one of my 100+ students for a charity at a primary school in South London.  I play regularly for the superb Kensington Symphony Orchestra who can normally be found performing at St. John Smith's Square in Westminster.

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