2015 Cherry Blossom April Update – Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace cherry blossomGosh, I owe Alexandra Palace an apology. I posted my London Cherry Blossom Guide two years ago and I’ve been updating it regularly since then, but not once have I mentioned Alexandra Palace, even though I live nearby. It just never occurred to me it was a top cherry blossom viewing spot, and somehow I never went there in cherry blossom season. Until now, that is. And now I know better.

Alexandra Palace Cherry Blossom 2015

As North Londoners know, Alexandra Palace, also known as as Ally Pally, or the People’s Palace, stands on a grassy hill above Crouch End and commands spectacular views across the city. It also boasts a skating rink, boating lake and other attractions. And, as I’ve just discovered, nearly thirty cherry trees, which are in full bloom right now.

Alexandra Palace Cherry Blossom 2015

Alexandra Palace Cherry Blossom 2015

There are two lines of them leading up to the Palace entrance, plus some more planted just below the terrace.

Alexandra Palace Cherry Blossom 2015

Alexandra Palace Cherry Blossom 2015

It’s the perfect spot for your hanami (cherry blossom viewing) picnic. There’s plenty of grass under the trees, the Palace as a backdrop, and of course that spectacular view.

Alexandra Palace Cherry Blossom 2015

Alexandra Palace Cherry Blossom 2015

Alexandra Palace is home to the BBC studio from which the very first television broadcast was made in 1936. And an old Victorian Theatre which is due to be restored after lying dark for more than sixty years. You can read more about the plans on the BBC website.

Alexandra Palace Cherry Blossom 2015

If you don’t want to walk up the hill, the W3 bus will take you there. The Palace also has its own railway station, with trains running from Moorgate.

Alexandra Palace Cherry Blossom 2015

6 thoughts on “2015 Cherry Blossom April Update – Alexandra Palace

  1. Two thoughts – first lovely to see the pink blossom against the pale facade of the building and, secondly, fantastic to see it against something blue – whatever that is??! Miserably, here in Norwich we’ve still not got the warm spring sunshine – yet. Looks like you had beautiful whether for your stroll round Ally Pally.

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