My Alexandra: Cllr David Beacham on Victorian gin palaces, meat feast pizzas and the regeneration of Alexandra Palace

Cllr David Beacham loves living in Alexandra.

Cllr David Beacham loves living in Alexandra. - Credit: Archant

The Broadway has been chatting with our newly elected councillors to find out what they love about where the live. This week, it is the turn of Lib Dem councillor David Beacham, a retired management consultant who was re-elected to represent Alexandra in May.

What brought you to the area?

I left university to come and live in London and having rented previously in the Wood Green area, I decided to make the area my London home.

You’ve had a bad day, what makes you smile on your way home?

If I need cheering up, taking a diversion via the W3 bus and taking in the fabulous view from Alexandra Palace never fails to do the trick.

Tell us a secret about where you live?

1. I live opposite the site of the old Palace Gates railway station, the site is now covered by housing.

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2. My local, the Gate pub, started life as a Victorian gin palace and was built to serve race-goers at the old Alexandra Palace Racecourse.

What is the area’s best guilty pleasure?

A 12-inch meat feast pizza at the Gate is a massive guilty pleasure.

What’s the oddest thing you have ever seen or heard in the area?

Historically the lack of pubs in Alexandra ward was due to much of the land being owned by the Methodist Church which forbade such developments.

If you had £100 to spend in the area, where would you spend it?

A meal for two at Mosiaca in the Chocolate Factory. Seriously good food, great service and fabulous atmosphere

You’re the editor of the Broadway for the day. What issue would you highlight?

I would feature the planned regeneration of Alexandra Palace - a massive success story in the making.

Who or what is the greatest export from the area?

Television (to the world!) from Alexandra Palace.

If you could twin the area with anywhere else in the world, where would it be?

Aguas Calientes in Peru (the town which is the gateway to Machu Picchu).

What do you do in your spare time to relax?

Watching cricket, sampling some real ale, taking country walks - but nothing too strenuous.

What would you like the epitaph on your tombstone to be?

Nothing. I don’t believe in them. Once you’re dead, it’s best to be forgotten I think.

What, if anything, is your area missing?

Affordable housing is in very short supply