There are worse places to call The Office.
Ah, the Monaco Grand Prix. Sure, by Sunday night you’ll wish you were in Spa-Francorchamps just so you can get some sleep but, if you’re going to do just one grand prix in your lifetime this is the one to choose. I could quite happily do 19 of these a year, though my liver may object.
Austin and Singapore might gatecrash the party scene but nothing beats the Principality Thursday-Sunday for wall-to-wall celebrations and conspicuous excess.
So, where should you head for fun times and Instagram-worthy glamour (InstaGlam)?
Last time out I alerted would-be Riviera playboys how to blag their way onto yacht parties uninvited.
As always, the biggest boat soiree will be Vijay Mallya’s on Thursday night aboard the Indian Empress.
It’s not all guest-list only events, though, there are ticketed parties too and this year the schedule is particularly packed.
The Amber Lounge is playing at home at Le Meridien on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with tickets starting from €350, €650 and €800, including an open bar. You can also dine there for €250 a head. British singer Pixie Lott is booked to perform on Friday and Saturday. And one of the highlights of the weekend is the Amber Lounge Fashion show, ahead of the party, where top models and F1 drivers strut their stuff and there’s a charity auction, with bids normally wrestled over by Bernie Ecclestone and Sir Philip Green. This year’s chosen charity is The Brain & Spine Foundation, which was selected following Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident.
Across the same spread of nights, the Podium Lounge is back after its success in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Melbourne. This time it’s supported by Infiniti, so expect most of the Red Bull crew to be there Sunday along with Sebastian Vettel. The DJ line up is epic: Seb Fontaine on Friday, Sander Kleinenberg Saturday and Danny Rampling Sunday. It’s being hosted at Zelo’s restaurant and lounge. Tickets are €350 per person each night, including one bottle of Moet.
There’s plenty going on elsewhere in the Principality, and I’ll be sure to update you on how this year’s Canapes Challenge progresses. Tonight we kick off with a soiree at Williams, courtesy of our favourite leather goods people, Dom Reilly.