Paris’s Palais Iéna was built in 1896 for Prince Roland Bonaparte, grand-nephew of Napoleon. It provided him with some of the finest views of the city’s recently arrived Eiffel Tower, and today those vistas belong to the Shangri-La Hotel (rooms from €800) – or, more specifically, they belong to the handful of guests able to reserve a seat on the hotel’s recently redesigned terrace, which for the next two months will be hosting a special Krug Champagne residency.
Le Bar à Ciel Ouvert by Krug (6pm-11pm until Saturday August 26) will serve up vintages from across the champagne house’s oeuvre, including Krug Grand Cuvée (€55 for a flute, €280 a bottle), Krug Vintage 2002 (€670 a bottle) and Krug Rosé (€495 a bottle). The accompanying tapas will be entre terre et mer, including Kaviari Gold caviar with blinis (€375 for 125g), Scottish Label rouge salmon from La Fumaison Provinoise (€25) and a selection of Pata Negra de Jabugo (from €25).
Bastille Day seats on the terrace (€350, including a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée) are likely to be in high demand, with the spectacular Eiffel Tower firework display themed around Paris and the Olympic Games (Paris will find out on September 13 whether it has won the bidding to host the 2024 games). The fireworks should also be visible from L’Abeille, the hotel’s double-Michelin-starred restaurant set in a bucolic Louis Benech-designed garden featuring, in a nod to the property’s former owner, the Bonaparte family insignia.