- Galeries Lafayette
One of Paris's iconic department stores, Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann, offers groups the chance to take part in a heritage tour of the building, with its great hall, neo-Byzantine cupola and terrace. The tour is suitable for groups of up to 25 and is free of charge. Art lovers can also visit La Galerie des Galeries, a permanent space with four floors of exhibitions of French and international design.
Located on the Champs-Elysees, the Lido is a cabaret venue that opened in 1946. The 7,500m2 space spans six floors and has a 1,150-seat auditorium. It can host product launches, award ceremonies and gala events or groups can take in dinner and a show, where the Bluebell Girls dance troupe will wow them with their routines. Organisations that have previously used the setting for their events include Suzuki, Seat, Schwarzkopf and Interflora.
- La Cartonnerie
Paris Prive specialises in staging events and arranging activities in prestigious Parisian venues that are not accessible to the general public. Director Cecilia Pierron suggests that groups use La Cartonnerie, an old industrial building located in the trendy 11th district. "It is very 'outside the box' but still chic in an unconventional way and also adaptable to many different configurations. We've used it for fashion shows, meetings, exhibitions, dinners and cocktails," she says. Two New York photographers rented the 4,000m2 space during Fashion Week last year and staged an exhibition in the Vemissage area, followed by dinner in La Reserve.
- Le Purgatoire - 54 Paradis
Chef Alain Cirelli runs cookery classes for corporate groups.
His latest venue, Purgatoire, is a loft space that can host groups of up to 170. A 100m2 event space on the ground floor is ideal for presentations, while and on the lower level there are two kitchens where groups of up to 40 delegates can try their hand at creating delicious dishes. There is also a team of sommeliers, bartenders and aromatherapists who help create original events.
- Palais Garnier and Opera Bastille
Paris Opera's two theatres - the Palais Garnier and the Opera Bastille - both have areas for hire for all types of events. The Palais Garnier's stunning Grand Foyer can seat 200 for dinner or host cocktail receptions for 400, while the theatre itself can seat 1,971. The Opera Bastille can seat 2,700 in the main theatre or 500 in the Bastille Amphitheatre. Both offer one-hour backstage tours for groups of 30.