Alexandra Palace

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London , England
Alexandra Palace Way
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Train: Alexandra Palace
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Built in 1873 as North London’s answer to Crystal Palace, this grand construction sits high on a hill overlooking the city, surrounded by 196 hectares of parkland. Don't be fooled into imagining royal connections; ‘Ally Pally’ (as it's affectionately known) is a people's palace, used for conferences, exhibitions, festivals and the occasional rock gig and club night. Locals come to enjoy the sweeping views, whizz around the indoor ice-skating rink and to fondle vegies at the Sunday farmers market.

The building suffered the ignoble fate of burning to the ground only 16 days after opening. Encouraged by attendance figures, investors decided to rebuild and it reopened just two years later. During WWI it housed German prisoners of war and in 1936 was the scene of the world’s first TV transmission – a variety show called Here’s Looking at You . It burned down again in 1980 but was rebuilt for the third time and reopened in 1988.