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Ally Pally, the People’s Palace, is a worn-out but fondly loved North London icon. Built in 1873 as a recreation ground, this sprawling hilltop venue 190 acres of green and pleasant parkland and some of London’s most charming views, as well as a cheerful lake and a fairly mediocre pub-restaurant. It’s not all lapping lakeside serenity however – its vastness means heavily policed crowds and queues, as well as top acts. Read our reviews and recommendations to help you book the best events and experiences at Alexandra Palace - Culture Whisper has all the latest show, exhibition, restaurant, market and festival details in one place, plus much more!