10 ways to live like a VIP in Lille, France

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Your weekend could be so much more exciting than eating your tea in front of X factor

For under £200 return per person, you could catch an Air France flight to Lille, France's untapped city of splendour.

1. Go for drinks in the lovely Champagne Bar at the Alliance - Couvent des Minimes Hotel

The hotel is located in a former convent, and the Champagne Bar is on a platform that overlooks the former cloisters. The glass roof means that when it gets dark, you see all the stars in the sky! A lovely place for a romantic evening.

Couvent des Minimes Hotel Haut Bar, Lille, France

© www.alliance-lille.com



2. Experience complete relaxation at the Escal' Bien Être centre

Based at the Hôtel Casino Barrière, there's a hammam, sauna and many different treatments to make you feel zen-like.

3. Go to the Opera

The Lille Opera House has a wide variety of performances going on, going from classic opera to ground breaking contemporary dance.

4. Taste of Meert's famous vanilla waffle in their tea room,

Set in a beautiful, historic building in the heart of the Vieux Lille. Oh, and the waffles are good too!

Meert Waffles, Lille, France

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5. For a fantastic meal, try L'Huitrière, Lille's finest fish restaurant.

With an oyster bar at the front, and a lovely, cosy restaurant at the back, L'Huitrière is a famous institution in Lille.

6. Go shopping at Le Printemps department store with a personal shopper

Do a Pretty Woman and find the perfect outfit for your evening, with a bit of help, and a glass of champagne

7. Stay at the Why Hotel

A design hotel located in the centre of Lille so you will really get to see the heartbeat of the city, A suite costs just under €200.

Best Western Premier Why Hotel, lille, France

© www.why-hotel.com



8. Visit Lille in a 2CV car

The streets are narrow and the cobbles might be a tad uncomfortable but you'll feel like you're a local - so much fun!

Driving around in Lille, France in a 2CV car

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9. Get arty

Lille's European contemporary art fair, now known as Art Up! starts in February 13 - February 16 2014. It attracts over 26,000 visitors annually.

10. Become a real fashionista

Meet up and coming fashion designers in Lille's designated neighbourhood, Maisons de Mode. Although you will come away spending a mortgage on beautiful clothes.

Shopping party packages starts at €115 per person, per night which include a stay at the Why Hotel, personalised shopping at Printemps Department Store, massage and a welcome gift at L'Occitane en Provence store. Click here for more details.
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