Beyond the Eiffel Tower...

There's more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower. From seduction classes to roof-top barbeques and floating cinemas, 24 Hours Paris is your around-the-clock guide to what's on, when, beyond the tourist track.

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2 p.m. - Under the Hammer

Try your luck and test your French at auction-house Hotel Drouot. With almost-daily auctions, you can walk away with everything from porcelain dolls and antique books to leopard-spotted chaises. Check the website to see what’s on, steel your nerves and come ready to compete – you’ll be up against dealers and online bidders from around the world. Open since 1852 and a French institution, it’s good fun to browse Hotel Druout’s auction rooms even if you’re not into buying.