Just a 20-minute tube ride from the heart of the city lies a largely unknown and delightful tribute to one of film’s most famous figures, Alfred Hitchcock.

The cinematic master of the macabre was born in the East London suburb of Leytonstone in 1899, just five months before the turn of the century. To celebrate the centenary of the director’s birth along with his connection to the area, the local Borough council commissioned the Greenwich Mural Workshop to create a series of 17 mosaics to honour his life and works. It took seven months and over 80,000 tiles to complete the colourful pieces now on display throughout Leytonstone tube station. There are scenes from so many favourites that you’ll forgive them for not including them all!

The short trip on the Underground’s Central Line is well worth the effort for any classic film fan but—in these times of social distancing and self-isolation—perhaps a little armchair tour is just what the doctor ordered. Scroll down to explore this visual treat of a tribute:

“YOUNG ALFRED OUTSIDE HIS FATHER’S SHOP” (Circa 1906)
A mosaic depicting Alfred Hitchcock directing
“HITCHCOCK THE DIRECTOR”
THE PLEASURE GARDEN (1926)
NUMBER 17 (1932)
THE SKIN GAME (1932)
REBECCA (1940)
(Photo Credit: London Walking Tours)
SUSPICION (1941)
SABOTEUR (1942)
“HITCHCOCK WITH DIETRICH”
(Photo Credit: London Walking Tours)
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)
REAR WINDOW (1954)
(Photo Credit: London Walking Tours)
THE WRONG MAN (1956)
(Photo Credit: London Walking Tours)
TO CATCH A THIEF (1955)
VERTIGO (1958)
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
PSYCHO (1960)
THE BIRDS (1963)

Find out more about Leytonstone and its tube station here. And if you’re looking for other things to see and do around London once the world ventures out once more, check out my look at 101 things to do.

All photos by the author except where noted.

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