Views for Alexandra Palace when staying in London
A wonderful tourist destination with great views over London is Alexandra Palace located near Muswell Hill and Highgate, tourists can stay in a Serviced Apartment through Serviced City Pads who have a range of apartments within Central London.
The Great Hall and West Hall are used as an exhibition centre and conference centre operated by the trading arm of the charitable trust that owns the building and park on behalf of the public. There is also an ice skating rink. Since 1995 the place has been a Grade II listed building. Designed to be ‘The Peoples Palace’ and later nicknamed ( allegedly by Gracie Fields) Ally Pally, in 1936 it became the headquarters of the worlds first regular public high definition television service, operated by the BBC. The Alexandra television station was located on the site and its iconic radio tower is still in use. The original studios A and B still survive in the south-east wing with their producers galleries and are currently used for exhibiting original historical television equipment. Occasional demonstrations on the original 405-line VHF standard may also be transmitted form the tower in the future. The original Victorian theatre with its stage machinery also survives. The theatre and stage structure is on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk register. There is currently an application to upgrade the listing by Hornsey Society, which originally got the Palace Grade II listed ( against the opposition of trustee Haringey Council )and the BBC. Also planned the commercial development of the building into a mixed leisure complex inlcuding hotel, replacement ice rink, cinema, bowling alley and exhibition centre has encounted opposition from public groups and was blocked in the High Court in October 2007. For London accommodation visit Serviced City Pads and view the large range of serviced apartments in London. You can contact the Serviced City Pads reservations team on 0844 335 8866.