Le Cercle de l'Union interalliée; Paris' finest members club founded in 1917 as a social and dining club. I enquired whether I could have lunch. But was met with the look of disdain and informed that club was for members only. However, a quick flash of my Arts' club card and I was ushered through, albeit my inappropriate attire attracted more than a few quizzical looks from elderly gentleman in three-piece suits and groups of ladies in Chanel ensembles.
I set about exploring. Remarkably given the clubs location in one of Paris' busiest thoroughfares there are huge grounds around the back of the building. It happened to be a gloriously sunny afternoon so I wiggled myself out of my coat and into recliner, ordered a pot of green tea and waited on mon ami to finir avec picking up a tailored blazer from Lanvin. Regrettably the club had stop serving lunch so we set off in search of nourishment.
If you're in Paris this place is well worth a visit and has reciprocal arrangements with; The Royal Automobile Club; The Arts Club; Carlton Club; East India Club; National Liberal Club; Naval & Military Club; Oxford and Cambridge Club; The Reform Club; Savage Club; The Cavalry and The Guards Club.