The Cultural Hotspot that is Leytonstone

Leytonstone in East London is ideally located with excellent transport links into and out of the city of London. Via London underground central line you can be in the City or West End within 30 minutes while the road network links well with the M25 and M11 motorways. Leytonstone itself, while being a London suburb, is surrounded by open space. Epping Forest lies to the north, Wanstead Flats and Park to the east, with Hackney Marshes and the Olympic Park to the south and west.  In the middle of this green space Leytonstone forms an island of largely Victorian terraced housing resulting in an area with a strong sense of identity.

Leytonstone Tube Station North By Northwest Mosaic

Within Leytonstone you will find:

  • Leytonstone Film Club
  • The Woodhouse Players Amateur Dramatic Company
  • The Stone Space and Mind The Gap Art Galleries
  • Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society
  • Local Markets featuring local made/produced items
  • The Alfred Hitchcock Society – Alfred Hitchcock of Leytonstone Society
  • Several Active Residents Associations
  • Stone Rangers – Leytonstone Branch Women’s Institute
  • The East Side Jazz Club – East Side Jazz Club hosts the best musicians in London
  • Wanstead Flats Parkrun
  • News From Nowhere Club – monthly talks covering a wide range of topics
  • A regular Makers Market
  • An annual festival
  • Many great pubs and restaurants offering food, music and a wide range of other activities

This is a flavour of what Leytonstone has to offer. For a fuller list with links see our Lovely Leytonstone page.

Alfred Hitchcock Society of Leytonstone

Alfred Hitchcock was born above his parents greengrocers shop in Leytonstone High Road in 1899. As a boy he roamed the area noticing the birds of Hollow Ponds and the gothic houses on Whipps Cross Road. Perhaps these experiences provided him with inspiration for later films. The area soon developed a thriving film industry which enabled the young Hitchcock to learn his trade. There are many references to the great film director in Leytonstone if you know where to look. The Jet petrol station has a blue plaque marking the site of his birth, Leytonstone Tube Station contains a series of mosaics depicting scenes from Hitchcock films, there is a mural of birds in Leytonstone High Road, there is a pub/hotel names after him on Whipps Cross Road  

The Alfred Hitchcock Society of Leytonstone is dedicated to celebrating local lad Alfred Hitchcock. It seeks to preserve, promote and progress his legacy and his place of birth. The society sees Hitchcock as an example of what Leytonstone has to offer in terms of arts and culture as a  destination. For more information see the Alfred Hitchcock Society of Leytonstone Facebook Group


The Birds Mural


Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, Whipps Cross Road