Open BST10.00-18.00/BWT10:00-16:00

Closed 24-25 December, Jan 1st 12-16:00




The Café

We opened in 2007 and are situated alongside the lake and iconic Alexandra Palace in North London. Our aim then, as now, is to offer a warm, relaxing and child-friendly place for our diverse visitors.


Come and taste our delicious food and drinks, and view our indoor display of paintings featuring local artists. Step outside and watch the water wildlife, take a boat ride around the lake, or simply sit back and enjoy the acres of tranquil, breathtaking scenery of leafy parkland around us.


There is both indoor and outdoor seating. We have free Wi-Fi, baby changing facilities (women's toilets), colouring sheets for the kids, and occasionally live music and special events - sign-up to our Mailing List for details. If you would like to exhibit your art at the café, contact us in person or email us your details.


We are open every day of the week, including bank holidays, although we do close on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Our opening hours are 10.00-16.00 in the Winter (November-March) and 10.00-18.00 in the Summer (April-October).


We now also accept credit and debit cards, as well as online booking for boating and picnic hampers.


Working at the Café

Working here can be demanding, but it is also fun and rewarding. We offer flexible working, free meals during the working day and various perks to staff members who remain with us for over a year. If you are interested in working at the caféand have your Food & Hygiene certificate, please email us or drop off a copy of your CV together with a brief covering letter about why you'd like to work with us.


Alexandra Park and Palace

The park was opened to the public in 1863. The 196 acres of beautiful parkland straddle Hornsey, Muswell Hill and Wood Green, and boast incredible panoramic views of London. Its rich mixture of informal woodland, open grassland, formal gardens and attractions such as the boating lake, ice skating rink, the pitch-and-putt course, and 1,500 free parking spaces, make it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.


The "People's Palace" - also known as "Ally Pally" - is a magnificent Grade-II listed building that sits atop the hill. The North London landmark was built in 1873, becoming the centre of music, sport and events for over 130 years. It regularly hosts conferences, concerts, exhibitions and unique events, although its unique heritage includes serving as the headquarters of the world's first regular public 'high definition' television service, operated by the BBC from 1936. Its iconic radio tower is still in use.