Bridget Jones's Diary, 2001
visit the film locations
Visit: Borough Market, Southwark Street, SE1 (tube: London Bridge, Northern and Jubilee lines)
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, as it used to be...: 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: ...Bridget’s flat, as it is now: the Globe pub, Borough Market, London, SE1
For the movie, however, she’s been relocated south of the River Thames to Borough, a neighbourhood seen in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Howards End and Entrapment. The area is just west of London Bridge Station, a south bank mainline terminus, also on the Northern and Jubilee underground lines.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: the entrance to Bridget’s flat: Bedale Street, Borough Market, London, SE1
There’s been quite a bit of redevelopment recently at Borough, with the construction of Borough Viaduct, doubling the number of tracks running west from London Bridge Station. There had been dark rumours of wholesale demolition, so it seems churlish to complain. But I will. The new viaduct runs slap bang alongside the top floor of The Globe, blocking the view and leaving the pub in a pall of gloom.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: the fight in the ‘Greek restaurant’: Bedales, Bedale Street, Borough Market, London SE1
There’s been more rebuilding opposite the entrance to bridget’s flat on Bedale Street, which is where shops 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. The premises used as the restaurant remains, now a wine merchant, Bedales, at 5 Bedale Street.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: Bridget plods home: Borough Market, London SE1
Bridget plods glumly through Borough Market after discovering Cleaver with “Lara, from the New York office”. Thankfully, the famous old food market has been spared, and even extended into an airy new glassed-in Market Hall opening onto Borough High Street.
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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