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Nuit Blanche: Do it in Style

September 28, 2017
Paris is known the world over as the City of Lights, but every year on the first Saturday of October (7 Oct, 2017) it becomes the City of the White Night – or, Nuit Blanche – inspired by the St Petersburg original, where music and art keep the natives entertained during long summer evenings. 

Well, summer in Paris is officially over, but La Rentrée means a new dawn of cultural events including this longtime LUXE fave. Here’s our run-down on where to dine, drink, wander and gander during Nuit Blanche...

First off, you might want to stock up on your beauty winks with a cheeky afternoon sieste (local lingo for ‘nap’), as Nuit Blanche does exactly what it says on the tin: an all-night cultural cavalcade of free art installations, light displays, open museums, theatrical performances and live music.

To make this a soirée to remember, kit to kill and sashay over to your prebooked table at glam-bam salon Le Grand Véfour, where Bonaparte once plotted with Joséphine, and now you can enjoy Guy Martin’s artfully plated two Mich marvels. Don't miss Prince Rainier's favourite, the pigeon.

Or, for a more casual affair, try Pirouette, offering course after course of affordable yet deceptively elevated, almost too-pretty-to-eat, veggie-centric wizardry from Meurice- and Boulud-trained pan man Tomy Gousset, in a simple woody blackboarder.

Après-dîner, slip into nearby Lockwood, a warm, intimate, subterranean cocktail cave pulling in the hip crowd with its bean and boutique pour offerings, aperitivo spread and chilled vibe. Perfect for a much-needed java jolt for the long night ahead.

A quick skip south, in Les Halles, awaits your first spectacle: choreographer Olivier Dubois’ modern dance showcase, backdropped by a cult music soundtrack and performed under the iconic canopy of Paris' original food market. Then along the river you totter towards the beautiful lily-pad-lined Musée de l'Orangerie, which will be filled with the sweet sound of chamber music.

Shutterbugs should make a beeline for the Grand Palais, which hosts an exhibition on Irving Penn and the Great American Songbook, while lively young things will want to nip over the stately Pont Alexandre III and amble along riverside stretch Les Berges, which has been left in the boundary-breaking hands of Berlin creative collective Invisible Playground.

Alternatively, get a good overview by following one of the designated walking routes. The first meanders from Gare du Nord and will take you through the thick of the action at City Hall, while the second traverses Parc Monceau and the eco-district of Clichy-Batignolles with works that reflect the thriving multicultural mix of the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Finally, stagger home to your enticing suite at The Peninsula and collapse onto those gorgeous 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets...to sleep, perchance to dream. Zzzzz.

7pm-7am Sat-Sun / 7-8 Oct, 2017 / facebook.com
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