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From Alexandra Palace, at the top of this steeply sloping park, there are panoramic views over London.  The great Victorian glass-house, popularly known as ‘Ally Pally’, once housed the BBC’s television studio.  The first BBC telecast went out live from the Alexandra Palace studios in 1936.  Today, the building is an entertainment and exhibition centre, with an indoor ice-skating rink.  The 200 acre public park around the Palace has sporting facilities and plenty of attractions for children.  Features include a children’s playground, boating lake and small animal enclosure. In the summer there are children’s shows and workshops .  Alexandra Park has a nature reserve with woodland, dense scrub, meadow and a pond. The ‘Parkland Walk’, runs from Alexander Park to both Highgate and Queen’s Woods.  This shady walk follows the route of a disused railway line – another section runs from Highgate Underground station to Finsbury Park.   Alexandra Park hosts bank holiday funfairs and a spectacular free firework display on Bonfire Night (usually held on the nearest Saturday to 5 November).                            Admission free

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