Alexandra Palace

A colourful brand for
London’s pleasure palace

Known fondly as ‘Ally Pally’, Alexandra Palace is a seminal cauldron of British leisure and pleasure: birthplace of the BBC, launchpad to countless iconic acts, originally opened by Queen Victoria as a ‘palace for the people’. Yet over the years, its brand had fallen into disrepair.

The Brief

Lovers were invited to overhaul Alexandra Palace’s tired brand identity and comms. We needed to better surface the institution’s heritage, honouring its significance as a home for pop culture and entertainment, but also reflect its eclectic present-day programming.

All Under
One Roof

tHE BRAND ESSENCE

No London cultural centre contains as much eclecticism as Ally Pally; music stages, sporting arenas, skate park, theatre, boating lake and 196 acres of parkland. Our 'pleasure dome simplicity' logo seeks to put a lid on it all, along with a colour palette that celebrates breadth.

“Lovers really want to help you achieve your objectives in a fun, unique and creative way. Their work is has put the palace in such good stead for years to come.”

Martin Keane, Marketing Director (Alexandra Palace)

“Our brand had become a bit non-existent and lacking in energy. We knew Lovers would bring that missing creative magic”.

Martin Keane, Marketing Director (Alexandra Palace)

Voice of
a Palace

talking the talk

Ally Pally’s new brand voice channels a colourful cast of characters from its past and present, borrowing vocal techniques from BBC pioneers, Victorian daredevils and other dreamers. We jotted the recipes in a pocket book for easy reference by the palace’s brand team.

Leading The Way

APPLYING THE IDENTITY

Brand identities live or die in their application. We helped the palace roll out a raft of new touch points from merchandise to signage, digital communications and event campaigns. Thorough guidelines and an in-person handover process were key to securing longterm success.