Pleasure seekers make the most of the winter weather skating on one of the many lakes. The Crystal Palace became a paradise for Londoners keen to escape the dirt and the grime. At weekends they flocked to Sydenham in their thousands to enjoy the displays and exhibitions - Blondin once walked a high wire here and cooked an omelette seventy feet in the air! London, Crystal Palace c.1890
The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations or The Great Exhibition, sometimes referred to as the Crystal Palace Exhibition in reference to the temporary structure in which it was held, was an international exhibition that took place in Hyde Park, London, from 1 May to 15 October 1851. It was the first in a series of World's Fair exhibitions of culture and industry that were to become a popular 19th-century feature.