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
Things to do, Attractions and museums, Festivals
The lofty palace returned to illuminating the skies of north London last year following a distressing four-year hiatus, and it's back again for 2014. As well as an impressive firework display with a glitteric panoramic view of London as its backdrop (starts...
Breaks, House, techno and electro, Electronica
- Critics' choice
Simon Green, Ninja Tune’s psychedelic breaks guru, plays a huge gig at Ally Pally to round off a tour in support of his latest album ‘The North Borders’. If you missed Bonobo’s bliss-inducing spectacular at the Brixton Academy last year, put this one...
Pop and rock
The Springsteen-worshipping New Jersey punks bash out their Boss-influenced take on the emotional alt rock sound. At last, something to unite sulky teenagers and their dads!
Reggae, Punk and hardcore
Coming straight outta Wimbledon armed with an acoustic bass in the mid-noughties, Jamie Treays crafted a funksome, singalong fusion of Billy Bragg, Bob Marley and The Streets that picked him up a Mercury nomination. Now he's pushing 30 and getting ready...
Pop, Electro, Indie rock, New wave and post-punk, Electronica, Synthpop
- Critics' choice
It's been a long time since Metronomy was just Joe Mount's bedroom pop project in sleepy Totnes, Devon. Four albums and a headline slot at the Royal Albert Hall later, and with a shiny, rounded live line-up – with drummer Anna Prior laying down the beats...
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...