12 Facts About Alexandra Palace


Alexandra Palace is a Grade II listed entertainment and sports venue in London, situated between Wood Green and Muswell Hill in the London Borough of Haringey.

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Alexandra Palace became a listed building in 1996, at the instigation of the Hornsey Historical Society.

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In 2013, Alexandra Palace Park was declared a local nature reserve and is a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1.

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The Great Northern Alexandra Palace Company had been established by 1860, but was initially unable to raise financing for the construction of the Alexandra Palace.

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Only 16 days later, Alexandra Palace was destroyed by a fire which killed three members of staff.

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The new Alexandra Palace contained a concert hall, art galleries, a museum, lecture hall, library, banqueting room and large theatre.

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Alexandra Palace abandoned the understage machinery that produced the effects necessary in Victorian melodrama; some of the machinery is preserved, and there is a project to restore some of it to working order.

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Alexandra Palace continued as the BBC's main transmitting centre for London until 1956, interrupted only by the Second World War when the transmitter found an alternative use jamming German bombers' navigation systems.

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Alexandra Palace has hosted a number of significant events over the course of its history.

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In 1996, the Alexandra Palace hosted the inaugural London Model Engineering Exhibition which continued each year until 2021 when it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Since December 2007, Alexandra Palace has hosted the PDC World Darts Championship, following 14 years from December 1993 to January 2007 of the tournament being held at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex.

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Alexandra Palace continues to be a prolific and high-profile music venue attracting internationally renowned artists.

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