I finally got around to visiting Alexandra Palace in north London this year.
It first opened as an entertainment venue, known as the People’s Palace, in 1873. It was named after the Princess of Wales, Alexandra, But it burnt down in a fire only 16 days after opening. The rebuilt Palace opened in 1875.
I first heard of Alexandra Palace when I was a child. That’s because part of the building was leased to BBC, who made the first TV broadcast through the BBC Tower mast in 1936.
The BBC Tower is a real landmark. I could see it from my bedroom at the Ramanda Hotel Finchley.
There are plans to turn the derelict former BBC studios into a visitor centre, and to reopen the historic theatre.
Around the corner from the BBC Tower, there is an indoor ice rink. I tried to get in to take some photos, but there were entry barriers.
At the opposite end of Alexandra Palace is Palm Court.
There are public toilets and a bar/restaurant (open every day) which has seating in Palm Court, as well as in a large outdoor courtyard.
There are some good views over London down towards Canary Wharf from outside Alexandra Palace.
There’s an enormous circular stained glass window along the side of Alexandra Palace.
It was too cold for me to linger in the Alexandra Park, I only stopped briefly to look back at Alexandra Palace and the BBC Tower.