Alexandra Palace

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Commonly known as the 'People's Palace' - or Ally Pally - Alexandra Palace looks out over North London from a height, its altitude rewarding casual walkers with spectacular views. Its commanding location, and its 190-odd acres of leafy park land, means it's often mistaken for a magnificent palace of regal importance. In reality, it's a slightly shabby affair. Built in 1873 as a palace for the people, it's experienced luckless fortunes including two devastating fires (the first just two weeks after it opened; the second in 1980 after it was rebuilt), years of poor funding and periods of bad management. Despite this, Ally Pally continues to hold a spot in the heart of Londoners, and a proud place in history as the birthplace of the world's first regular public television broadcast by the BBC in 1936. There's an indoor ice-skating rink, an expo hall and a vast gig space where you can catch big names and the odd clubbing event. There's a bonfire night every year, a boating lake, pitch and putt course, and deer enclosure.

Venue name: Alexandra Palace
Contact:
Address: Alexandra Palace Way
London
N22 7AY
Transport: Rail: Alexandra Palace

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Ailsa B

Beautiful views and great use of the space with gigs, shows and events. There are deer in the park and a duck pond with boats to hire. There is a farmers market here on Sundays and cricket played in the summer most weekends. More needs to be done to preserve the building and put it to use as much as possible.