Time Out says
Posted: Mon Nov 19 2012
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.
What's on at Alexandra Palace
Pop and rock
The chirpy singer-songwriter who surprised everyone by bagging two BRIT Awards in 2013 now headlines a series of dates at some impressively sized venues. Devon-born Howard will be serving up acoustic treats from his new album 'I Forget Where We Were',...
Electronica, Pop, House music, Electro, String ensembles, Garage
- Critics' choice
A year ago, Clean Bandit were an underground crew picking up tastemakers’ respect for their weird-but-it-works blend of classical strings and funky house-pop. Then came ‘Rather Be’, followed by their Top Five debut album ‘New Eyes’, and they became one...
Things to do
How do you get more than 1,000 steam trains, planes, boats, tanks and trucks up the biggest hill in north London? Shrink them. This exhibition and fair will see the full spectrum of modelling assemble itself very precisely into Alexandra Palace for a...
Things to do
Is your organic vegetable box delivery just not cutting it anymore? Those who have aspirations of allotments and windowboxes taped to their front doors will love this show celebrating the edible goods you can pull form the ground. Exhibitors will include...
Things to do
As 2014 marks the centenary of the First World War, numerous exhibits and events have been popping up throughout the year to celebrate the fact, including this newbie that focuses specifically on the role Alexandra Palace played during WWI. On display...