In a city full of buildings with extraordinary histories, Alexandra Palace still manages to stand out.
Over a century and a half, the London landmark has served many purposes.
It’s been a Victorian exhibition centre; an internment camp for prisoners of war; the broadcast site for the world’s first HD television service; a sports arena for major annual snooker and darts tournaments; and a concert venue hosting artists from Led Zeppelin to Jay-Z.
The hilltop building, affectionately known across the country as Ally Pally, has more than earned its proud position in British cultural life.
So it’s only right that the site is marking its 150th birthday with an enormous party today, featuring DJ sets, film screenings, a craft beer festival, street food and an ice disco.
We wanted to celebrate the monumental milestone too, by taking a look back at some of the defining moments in the life of one of the UK’s favourite venues.
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