My Travel Notes: Leytonstone Tube is not just one of those London tubes where passengers commute every day: it is also the tube that hosts a “gallery” celebrating the life and work of the great filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. The walls of the tube are covered with 17 mosaics designed and made by artists such as Steve and Nathan Lobb, Carol Kenna, Claire Notley and Julie Norburn. The mosaics of the Hitchcock Gallery display scenes from Alfred Hithcock’s best-loved films and some other special items like “Hitchcock with Dietrich”. The pictures were chosen by the local people. The gallery opened on May 3, 2001 to commemorate Hitchcock’s link with this area in the east of London. Here’s a quick list of the mosaics:

Entrance: Rebecca, The Wrong Man, Rear Window, Hitchcock with Dietrich Left side: North by Northwest, The Skin game, Psycho, Suspicion, Hitchcock the Director, Number 17, Young Alfred by His Father’s Shop Right Side: To Catch a Thief, The Birds, Saboteur, Vertigo, Strangers On A Train, Pleasure Garden

517 Leytonstone High Road: The Leynstone High Road outside the tube takes you to “517”, the site where Alfred Hitchcok was born on August 13, 1899. Unfortunately the site is now a petrol station.

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Posted by Ali Nihat Eken

Teaching at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey

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