The Cercle de l’Union Interalliée is one of the two oldest, most exclusive and most sought-after private clubs in France, and by far the most elegant. The Cercle is located in a magnificent mansion adjacent to the British Embassy and the residences of the American and British Ambassador, on the aristocratic faubourg Saint-Honoré, where the bishops of Paris formerly lived in fine estates, now referred to as “embassy row”. The bar and restaurant offer a view and access to one of the most beautiful private gardens in Paris.

The “Union Interalliée”, the Inter-Allied Club, was founded in 1917 under the auspices of Marshal Foch, just as the United States became involved in the Great War, to serve as a home for allied officers coming through Paris. Today, this exclusive club is the meeting place of foreigners and French citizens of distinction perpetuating the traditions of grace and intellectual refinement, which is the ruling spirit of this beautiful residence built over three centuries ago.

Dating back to 8th Century, when the land belonged to an Episcopal order, through the reign of Charles V, Louis XIII and Louis XV, the history of the Faubourg Saint-Honoré, and the three mansions built in 1713 the under the auspices of Louis Chevalier, President of the Parliament of Paris, is grand. Today, one of the mansions houses the British Embassy, the second is comprised of private residences, and the third is the home to the exclusive Cercle de l’Union Interalliée.

It is noteworthy that the private mansion adjacent to the British Embassy, now the residence of the British Ambassador, was the residence of Pauline Leclerc Borghèse, the favorite sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. Over the past three centuries, high-ranking officials, dignitaries, and noble men have occupied these magnificent residences, recognized as among the most outstanding in architecture in France.

If you are interested in organizing a dinner or reception and being hosted by one of Paris’ high society in this fabulous institution, please let us know at infoEU@globebleu.com or contact your local travel agent.

Leave a Comment