A square for a king in Paris, Edward VII!

So back to Paris I take you, easy right! Well just thought of the times I spent working in the city and the nice corners I went by on leisure time, even coming back with family. Paris is eternal we say, it is like a virus, once bitten ,it will never go away.

On a cloudy cool day at 12C or 52F in my Morbihan breton, in Paris it is 15C or about 67F and sunny. Let me tell you a bit on the Place Edouard VII (Edward VII) of Paris.

Place Édouard-VII is on the 9éme  arrondissement of Paris.  The square was created and takes its present name in 1912;  named after the son of Queen Victoria,  Edward VII, who was king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1901 to 1910.  The square is located near the Opéra Garnier with a nice entrance in all its splendor by the Bd des Capucines. The square is adorned with the equestrian Statue of Edward VII.  A bit further on the square from the square de l’Opéra Louis Jouvet  and the Pegasus statue (equestrian statue of the straddling poet  Pegasus carried out in 1897). You see near the Musée des Parfums Fragonard. Another melancholy entrance can be done  from Rue Auber to rue Boudreau left into the Square de l’Opéra Louis Jouvet and further the square Edouard VII.


On the Place Edouard VII you find the wonderful Theater Edouard VII of which have written before. Their webpage is here:  http://www.theatreedouard7.com/e_affiche_accueil.php?rub=1

Froufrou , is the name of the new restaurant since last September. It is a restaurant and cocktail bar signed by the  Moma Group. Located within the magnificent Edouard VII Theater. I have been to the basement  which from 23h30 you can enjoy  the Cancan Bar Froufrou  in a speakeasy old format. All this from  Wednesday to Sunday, after the shows or dinner, this cocktail bar goes into cabaret mode and offers burlesque shows to go back in time. The resto webpage is here:   http://www.froufrou-paris.com/


A bit of history I like

King Edward VII , made himself the artisan of the Entente Cordiale, between France and England. Paris which he appreciated above all the spirit, gastronomy and women, paid homage to him in 1913. The young Paul Landowski wished to register here, far from the style of his Saint Geneviève or the Christ of Corcovado.  In the great tradition of the equestrian statue. The king, guiding his horse calmly, is represented in his role as chief of the armies. He carries, executed with realism, the uniform of Marshal who befits his rank: helmet with panache, coat, jacket probably red barred with a scarf and adorned with decorations, white panties and boots of rider. The choice of this classical iconography also echoes the portraits commissioned by the Sovereign in his own country. It is that it is indeed an official portrait, to express the nobility and the power, in the center of a place strictly authorised.

At the end of the  18C, there were built  18 private hotels in the  rue Caumartin, a few steps from the Boulevard des Capucines, which was then a place of promenade established on ancient fortifications dating back to King Louis XIII. In the 19C, in the purest Haussmann tradition, this boulevard had seen the erection of monumental buildings of five floors. Finally, in 1913, Nénot, the architect of the new Sorbonne and the Palais de la League des Nations in Geneva, had pierced a street in a piecemeal gap in order to carry out an extensive urban and real estate program. A street that was to take the name of Edward VII, in homage to the King of England who had worked so much in the Franco-British rapprochement.

From 1921, the premises were gradually occupied and privatized by the central services of the Société Générale bank, the rue Edouard VII became a private lane closed by barriers. Follows in the suburbs of the Société Générale bank offices in 1992, the neighborhood  is rehabilitated from 1995 to 1999.  Thus, in the rue Edouard VII which will regain its appearance and function of origin with promenade and shops , it removes the barriers that block the  access and the grids that disfigured the facades, while it restores the wooden storefronts of the shops of the beginning of the last century.

Closest parking Édouard VII , 23 rue de Caumartin, but I always used the  Parking Opéra-Meyerbeer, 3 Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin. On public transports you can do the  RER A Auber, RER  E Haussmann-Saint Lazare, and the metro station Opéra lines  3, 7, 8 .A  bit further metro station  Madeleine lines 8 12 ,14. Bus lines 20, 21, 24, 27, 29, 42, 52, 68, 81, 84, 94, and 95 all take you close.  I have used 24 27 84 and 95 very nicely in that area.

The webpage of the Tourist office of Paris is on the theater but it gives you a feeling of the area the square is in. Tourist office of Paris on the Edward VII theater

Hope it helps your enjoyment of this bit of space of my gorgeous Paris. The area is quaint, nice , super, worth the detour for a walk, and walk is best in Paris!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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