How the rich and famous spend Grand Prix weekend

The Monaco Grand Prix is the ultimate VIP event of the season. If you enjoy a bit of celeb spotting, this is the place to go.


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Monaco is like a Hollywood film set with its five-star hotels, yacht-filled harbours and perfectly-kept streets baking in the midday sun, so let’s take a look at how the rich and famous spend Grand Prix weekend.

Friday night

For guests with no budget restrictions, there is plenty to enjoy, see and do. The weekend starts on the Friday night with a charity fashion event at the luxurious Amber Lounge. Top fashion designers are behind the event and tickets cost approximately $600 (£460) per person.

The F1 drivers take part by strutting their stuff on the catwalk. These include Lewis Hamilton, who recently revealed that a diet of pancakes and cheese-flavoured cornmeal snacks has helped to keep him in shape. Guests include models, A-listers, and members of the Monaco royal family such as Prince Albert II, son of American actress Grace Kelly.

The main event of the evening in the charity auction in aid of the Jackie Stewart Race Against Dementia foundation, where guests can bid for luxury items ranging from exotic holidays to rare artwork.


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For guests wanting to go on into the night, the nightclub next door offers a personal waitress service and a table of eight can enjoy a two-day package for $49,000 dollars!

Visitors looking for a party without a high price tag can visit one of the numerous bars along the track, where dancing and drinking take places in front of the grandstand.

Race packages

If you would like to find out more about the F1 Paddock Club in Monaco, sporting events companies offer weekend packages with options including F1 Paddock Club Monaco VIP access, five-star dining and pit lane walking tours.


Accommodation is as luxurious as you would expect, with many hotels offering five-star suites with a view of the track. Visitors looking for cheaper accommodation should consider staying slightly out of town, with convenient transport links to and from the centre.


Shopping in Monaco is high-end, with designer stores lining the streets. Many spas and beauty salons are available; in addition, there is the option to swim while watching the race from the rooftop pool club!