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I had a very busy and tiring Saturday. I visited 11 tube stations. Eleven! And they were all in east London, most of them on the Central Line.

Museum of Childhood

I began with a visit to Bethnal Green, as I wanted to go to the nearby Museum of Childhood. I tell you what, you know you’re getting old when the toys you played with as a child go on display in a museum. I enjoyed reminiscing about the 90s and learning about toys in ages gone by – some of the dolls from a century or half a century ago were terrifying.

Museum of Childhood - inside

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

I took a walk through Victoria Park; the day was cold and cloudy but I enjoyed the walk. The park was the first royal park open to the public, and it provides a much-needed recreational green space in east London. I imagine it is lovely in the summer.

My travels took me through Leyton and Leytonstone up to Woodford and Snaresbrook. The most notable part of my journey was seeing the Hitchcock mosaics at Leytonstone tube station. Director Alfred Hitchcock grew up in the area and a few years ago several mosaics picturing scenes from his films were installed in the corridor leading to the ticket hall. I had fun trying to guess which film each mosaic represented.

Hitchcock as a child, outside his father's grocery shop

Hitchcock as a child, outside his father’s grocery shop

Hitchcock, directing

Hitchcock, directing

The Pleasure Garden

The Pleasure Garden

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Psycho

Psycho

Vertigo

Vertigo

Suspicion

Suspicion

Saboteur

Saboteur

The Skin Game

The Skin Game

The Birds

The Birds

North By Northwest

North By Northwest

Hitchcock with Marlene Dietrich

Hitchcock with Marlene Dietrich

Rear Window

Rear Window

Rebecca

Rebecca

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