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European Heritage Days
Come and visit the Residence of Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to France – the ancient property of Pauline Borghèse, the favoured sister of Napoléon Bonaparte – for the 2021 Heritage Days.
Visit in person on Saturday 18 September 2021
Visit virtually from 18 September to 18 October 2021
The Residence of the British Ambassador, also known as the Hôtel De Charost, will be open to the public as part of the European Heritage Days on Saturday 18 September 2021, from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm. Visitors will be able to access all of the ceremonial rooms on the ground floor and the garden.
Don’t live in the Paris region? No problem, you can now visit online!
In order to make this event accessible to as many people as possible throughout France and the world, we have put in place a platform – “The Virtual Residence” – not only allowing visitors to see the residence with 360° images, but also many videos on royalty, British culture and gastronomy, as well as on LGBTQ+ rights, COP26 and Franco-British cooperation… Finally, you will discover many videos of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with all the French Presidents she has met throughout her sixty-nine-year reign.
Organise your visit (in person):
- Opening times: the Residence will be open from 10am until 5pm (last entry at 4pm) on Saturday 18 September only.
- Free visit of the ceremonial rooms on the ground floor and the garden.
- Prior registration is required on Eventbrite: click here.
- Address: 39 rue de Faubourg St-Honoré, Paris 75008.
- Metro: Concorde (L1, L8, L12) or Madeleine (L8, L12, L14).
- The rooms open to the public, as well as the garden, will also be accessible to people with reduced mobility.
- You must bring your health pass and wear a mask to enter the Residence.
Organise your visit (online):
- The Virtual Residence will be accessible free of charge from 18 September to 18 October 2021.
- Prior registration is required on Eventbrite for anyone wishing to connect (access is valid within 24 hours). Click here.
- For English teachers who wish to use this visit for a practical exercise, it is possible to register a whole class. A fact sheet, in English, presenting diplomatic Franco-British relations will be made available. To register click here, and for more information please contact: .
Hôtel de Charost
The Hôtel de Charost has been the Residence for Ambassadors from the United Kingdom since 1814. The Duke of Charost had this Hôtel built in 1722 by the architect Antoine Mazin, who had just finished the Hôtel de Matignon. Uninhabited during the Revolution, it was sold in 1803 by the widow of the fifth Duke to Pauline Leclerc, also a widow and Napoléon Bonaparte’s favourite sister. During the eleven years she owned it, she carried out extensive work. Even today, the Residence boasts a beautiful collection of furniture dating from the Napoleonic period. In 1814, the Hôtel de Charost was purchased by the Duke of Wellington on behalf of the British Government. He was the first Ambassador to reside there after King Louis XVIII’s Restoration the same year. Behind the Residence, you will find an English lawn surrounded by a border of flowers: a true haven of peace in the heart of Paris.
For a taste of what to expect, click here.
Where35 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore
18th September 2021 10:00am - 5:00pm