Alexandra Palace

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North East London

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
Address: Alexandra Palace Way
N22 7AY
Transport: Rail: Alexandra Palace
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