Ally Pally – One Of The Best

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The boating lake

When I was a Mayhem I knew ‘Ally Pally’ as the place where the BBC television news was broadcast from. I never realised it was really called Alexander Palace and includes a magnificent park, ice rink and venue for all sorts of activities and exhibitions.

Sometimes we come here just to see the fantastic views over London. Set high on a hill in North London you see Canary Wharf, The City of London and many iconic buildings. On a clear day you may be able to see the television transmitter in South London at Crystal Palace

At the bottom of the hill there used to be a racecourse and now you may find that this area is the site for fairs or a circus.If you wander down the hill don’t despair as the W3 bus runs through the park and will bring you back to the top.


Where: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London  N22 7AY
Admission: Charge for Ice Rink, Pitch and Put, Special Events
Facilities: ice rink, boating lake, pitch & putt,deer enclosure, playgrounds, skate park, free parking, farmers market, pub/restaurant, cafes 
Website: www.alexandrapalace.com

The East Wing is home to the Alexandra Palace Ice Rink, where the children can learn to skate.  Just outside and behind the East Wing, is a large boating lake, two children’s playgrounds and a skate park. There are toilets and a cafe by the boating lake and in summer this is where you can hire boats.  Papa Joe loves bringing the grandchildren here to see the waterfowl and finds the large poster by the cafe very helpful to identify the different types of bird.
ally pally 2Near the boating lake there are large deer enclosures. Look carefully because the deer are hard to see. We were lucky last time we visited as we saw a group with several young.

Just below the terrace is a 10 hole pitch and putt course that is open in the summer and is great fun.

The Palm Court in the West Wing is a Victorian conservatory with exotic palms and majestic sphinxes.  Do have a look inside if it is open.  Beside it is a bar/restaurant that serves a small selection of children’s food.

Between The Palace and Muswell Hill is a section of the park called ‘The Grove’.  It has its own car park and is home to The Grove Cafe – one of Papa Joe’s favourite park cafes.  It is also where you will find Little Dinosaurs – an all year round adventure soft play centre.


Getting There Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London  N22 7AY
Situated between Muswell Hill & Wood Green
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