The jewel of London's Piccadilly, Cafe de Paris first opened its fabled doors in 1924 and has been at the forefront of the capital's high society ever since. The venue always leaves a lasting impression on the guests who visit this perfectly maintained Grade II listed building with its breathtaking sweeping staircase, glittering crystal chandeliers and stunning ballroom floor. Playing host to some of the most lavish parties in town, the guest list at Cafe de Paris boasts many of the world's greats - from legends such as Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra and Noel Coward, to modern day icons such as Kate Moss, Dita Von Teese, Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars. Available for exclusive private hire, Cafe de Paris undoubtedly comes to life when a glamorous event is in full swing.
Cafe de Paris is the jewel in the crown of London's Picadilly. Regularly hosting the creme de la creme of London's most exclusive events while showcasing the most spectacular cabaret and burlesque, this is a venue that continues to entertain London as it has done for almost a century. The venue makes a real statement when used for exclusive hire events. Complete with its own private entrance, cloakroom and sweeping central staircase, events here make an impact. One of the most striking Cafe de Paris event spaces is the ballroom, which always draws gasps of amazement from guests. With glittering crystal chandeliers, rich velvet walls, luxurious sofas and a grand sweeping staircase, this is a space made for performance. It also features a ten metre long main bar, 1950's style banquette seating and an exclusive mezzanine level with bar. It is indeed a versatile space where guests feel at the centre of any event.
Complementing the spectacular ballroom, are three private rooms, all of which have direct access to the main space - the Red Bar, the Blue Bar and the VIP Rooms. Each room has its own dedicated bar and sound system. Being completely self-contained, the VIP Rooms are a suite of three linked areas which have an independent DJ booth, dance floor, bathrooms, seating area and fantasy boudoir. The beauty of the private rooms is that they can be used as theme bars, chill out or VIP areas. They can also be utilised as green rooms for any artists during live performance events.
Leading film makers and photographers find Cafe de Paris inspiring to work in, being fully adaptable to meet both period and modern day requirements. Licensed for both civil wedding and partnership ceremonies, this venue is a glamorous and dazzling location for a wedding reception. With capacity for up to 712 guests in reception style or up to 220 for a dinner and dance, Cafe de Paris makes a truly memorable location for a large wedding.
Having survived many colourful episodes in its history, Cafe de Paris has been refitted as a valentine to its period heyday and is now one of London's pre-eminent venues for large gala events.
Opening its doors in 1924 under the control of London impresario Harry Foster, Cafe de Paris quickly established itself as one of Europe's premier nightspots. The success of Cafe de Paris continued right through the 1930's, with a whole new host of powerful and successful figures joining the Cafe Society.
In 1948 £7,500 needed to be spent on refurbishment to counter the damage caused by the blitz. Things soon started to run smoothly again with Princess Margaret and the Duchess of Kent becoming regular visitors. Indeed, the continuing visits from members of the Royal Family cemented Cafe de Paris reputation as the smartest and most exclusive venue in London. Frank Sinatra rubbed shoulders with Tony Hancock, Eartha Kitt with Spike Milligan, Grace Kelly with Noel Coward. Anyone who was anyone was seen at Cafe de Paris.
Cafe de Paris has continued to be a favourite of the British film industry with an incredible list of location credits that include: The Edge of Love [Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller 2008], An Education [Carey Mulligan 2009], How to Lose Friends & Alienate people [Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst 2008], Rush [Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde 2013] to name but a few.