Bridget Jones's Diary, 2001
visit the film locations
Enjoy a meal at Momo, 25-27 Heddon Street, W1. Hidden away in a side-alley off Regent Street, you're not likely to stumble across Momo by accident. The creation of Mourad Mazoouz, owner of the 404 restaurant in Paris, this North African fantasia, embracing Tunisian, Algerian and Moroccan cuisine is a riot of exoticism and a fave celeb hangout. The staff may even belly dance if it is someone's birthday. The Momo bar is for members only. (tel. 0871.075.1654) (tube: Piccadilly Circus, Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines)
Visit the ICA, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nash House, Carlton House Terrace, on The Mall
Cantina del Ponte, 36 Shad Thames (tel: 020.7403 5403) (tube: Tower Hill, District & Circle lines; London Bridge, Jubilee & Northern lines)
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: Bridget’s flat: above the Globe pub, Borough Market, London, SE1
The film of the book of Helen Fielding’s newspaper column has become a handbook for fun living around London.
In the newspaper column, Bridget’s London home was in Holland Park, and her locals included The Pharmacy (now gone); Coffee Republic on Portobello Road (outside which Hugh Grant bumps into Julia Roberts in Notting Hill); 192; and Cafe Rouge.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: the entrance to Bridget’s flat: Bedale Street, Borough Market, London, SE1
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: Bridget plods home: Borough Market, London SE1
Across Bedale Street you can see the shops which were transformed into the cab office, the newsagent and, of course, the fictitious Greek restaurant where caddish Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and D'Arcyish Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) slug it out during a birthday party. Bridget plods glumly through Borough Market after discovering Cleaver with “Lara, from the New York office”.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: the smart flat of Daniel Cleaver: Clink Wharf Apartments, Clink Street, London SE1
The très smart flat of Daniel Cleaver is Clink Wharf Apartments, Clink Street, one of the smart warehouse redevelopments only a minute or two away from Bridget’s place.
Grab a bite at the Tate Modern Restaurant in Tate Modern, Bankside, the old Bankside Power Station turned cutting edge art gallery, where Bridget and her friends hang out. But you can no longer shop at Dickins & Jones, the venerable West End department store, where Bridget’s mum demonstrates the strangely erotic egg peeler. It’s now a branch of Banana Republic, 224 Regent Street.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: Bridget gets advice from her friends: Momo, 25-27 Heddon Street, London W1
Before the first date with Daniel, Bridget gets advice from her friends at fashionable, exotic and expensive Maghreb restaurant Momo, 25-27 Heddon Street, W1 (Heddon Street, tucked away behind Regent Street, by the way, might be familiar to David Bowie fans as the benighted backstreet featured on the cover of the 1972 album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.)
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: Bridget attends the book launch: Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nash House, The Mall, London SW1
The horribly embarrassing book launch for Kafka’s Motorbike, attended by Salman Rushdie, Lord Archer, et al, is the ICA, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nash House, Carlton House Terrace, on The Mall – the broad, tree-line ceremonial way leading to Buckingham Palace. Despite the incongruously classical cream, pillared porticos, the ICA is a centre for provocative avant garde exhibitions and performances, and also houses a cinema, bar and café.
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