After a very very lazy Saturday when all I did was sleeping with a couple of breaks to eat, we decided to leave the flat on Sunday, for a walk in the cold and a big meal with meat and wine.
We settled for Alexandra Palace. We’ve never been there even though I lived around the corner, at Turnpike Lane, for about six months.
It is quite a resonable journey from West Hampstead, where we are based. Thames Link to St. Pancras than a train from King’s Cross to Alexandra Palace Rail Station. Another option is Piccadilly Line to Wood Green. W3 bus takes you from either Wood Green or Alexandra Palace Rail Station all the way to the derelict palace.
We didn’t take the bus though, we took the path through the park instead which was very pleasant yet stupid as I didn’t go prepared for mud but for cold. Which means I had my UGGs on, instead of my wellies. Beige UGGs even. Which, I repeat, it was stupid. Very very stupid.
After a nice walk in the cold we arrived at the bar and kitchen completely famished. We were dreaming of Sunday Roast but beef burgers had to do, as the choices were not many. I am not going to post a picture of my burger, there is nothing beautiful about a burger, I think. It had beef, cheese, onion rings and gherkins. It was exactly what I needed and I washed it down with some beer.
Once we were both full and lively again, we ordered some green tea for me and some red wine for the boyfriend and we went outside to look at the city. A wide view of London, east to west, which that in my mind is the next best view after the one from the Shard. We also agreed it’s probably a cozy place to spend a nice, warm summer evening.
There are plenty of things to do at Ally Pally all year round: tree climbing, concerts, ice skating etc. For instance, you can go see Faithless on the 4th of December (42 pounds a ticket) or maybe you want to go to the Antiques & Collectors Fair on the 6th of December? I will definitely not miss the fair, I am so much in love with all things old.
Last but not least, if you have some money to spare, you can donate some for the restoring of Alexandra Palace. I found this piece of information on their website:
“In March 2015 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £18.6million of funding towards the East Wing restoration project, which focuses on restoring the Palace’s most significant historic spaces to their former glory and securing the Palace‘s future as one of London’s leading heritage destinations.
Under the plans, the eastern end of the Palace, comprising the BBC Studios and the Victorian Theatre will be repaired and refurbished, together with the glazed East Court in which a new and more welcoming public entrance hall will be created.
The award of £18.6million from the HLF contributes towards the total project cost of £26.7m, with the London Borough of Haringey having pledged £6.8m and the Trust committing to a fundraising target of £1m before the start of the project in summer 2016.
For more information visit our project page or take a look at our detailed FAQ section. To find out how you can support the project visit our get involved page”.