The iconic north London venue offers everything you need for an extraordinary event or great day out with the benefit of some of the best panoramic views of London.
Alexandra Park first opened in 1863 and has a rich history of extraordinary milestones.
In the 1930s, something totally new: Ally Pally became home to the ‘race for television’, the BBC and the world’s first tv station. Then War again, this time the Palace took on an ingenious, beam-bending role. The swingin’ 60s established us as one of music’s iconic venues – the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd played, followed by more: Led Zeppelin, BB King, Queen, Muddy Waters and the Rock Against Racism gig. Then, it happened again.
The Palace burned down in 1980. It took eight years and tireless work to reopen. Sade was the first back on the Great Hall stage, then three nights from Barry Manilow. As ever, plenty more was happening. We had a dry ski slope, lots of bars and even a Cold War bunker. In 1990 our ice rink opened, it remains one of the hardest working rinks in the world, open 364 days a year.
The 90s brought the BRITs and the MOBOs, while Blur launched Parklife here. In 1996 the Palace gained Grade II listed status.
Ally Pally, as it is lovingly known, has an ambitious regeneration programme in progress to restore the Palace and open currently derelict areas of the site such as the Victorian theatre for the public to enjoy. Click here to learn more about the regeneration plans.