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: JFK?
No, it's Stansted in Essex
At the eastern end of The Strand stand the Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand, the extraordinary burst of mock-Gothicism where Bridget bungles her assignment to cover the extradition case for TV show Sit Up Britain.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: Bridget’s TV assignment: Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London WC2
She pops over the road to buy a packet of fags at BK News, 212 Strand at at Essex Street.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: Bridget’s TV assignment: Bridget gets her fags: , BK News, The Strand, London WC2
The Royal Courts were featured in Alfred Hitchcock's 1936 Sabotage (though a massive photographic blow-up was used for the backdrop, and it's where the vintage Darracq is first seen in classic 50s comedy Genevieve.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: Daniel and Bridget’s first kiss: Shad Thames, London SE1
Bridget’s parents’ home, where she first meets Mark Darcy during a Christmas break, is in Snowshill, off the A46 about 12 miles northeast of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The scene was filmed in June with loads of fake snow. The church here is St Barnabas.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: the date with Daniel Cleaver: Cantina del Ponte, 36 Shad Thames, Butler's Wharf, Shad Thames, London SE1
Daniel and Bridget enjoy a date at Cantina del Ponte, 36 Shad Thames, on the Butler's Wharf quayside. Initially a Terence Conran restaurant, it’s since changed hands, but remains a heartily Italian restaurant – and with a terrific view of Tower Bridge. Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) and Pooja (Kareena Kapoor) sit on the same riverside terrace in Hindi smash Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: Bridget’s mini-break: Stoke Park House, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
Daniel takes Bridget on a mini-break to the Stoke Park Club, Park Road, Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire. Yes, this is the golf club seen in Goldfinger. It has since been seen as the interior of the ‘Hamburg’ hotel in another Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies. More recently it featured in Layer Cake; in 2004 rom-com Wimbledon; and became a ‘Beverly Hills’ hotel in Bride and Prejudice.
Darcy heads off to 'New York' – but that's not 'JFK'. The ultra-modern terminal at which he arrives is Stansted Airport in Essex, an apparently film-friendly terminal seen also in The Dark Knight Rises and Philomena.
Bridget Jones’s Diary location: A quick sprint, a new diary and the big clinch in the snow: Royal Exchange Buildings, Cornhill, London EC3
Incurable romantics will, no doubt, want to recreate that wonderful moment in the snow when Bridget not only gets a new diary but also gets the man of her dreams, the impossibly sensitive Mark Darcy. You might reasonably assume that since (a) Bridget is in her tiny pants, (b) it's snowing and (c) it takes about three seconds' screen time to get there, the finale is around the corner from The Globe. Well, it isn't. The spot is Royal Exchange Buildings, Cornhill, across the road from the Bank of England. That's some sprint.
The quaintly period shops here also became Nazir's boutique, 'Le Beau Chapeau' in the northern-set comedy East Is East as well as the flower shop where Clarissa Dalloway (Vanessa Redgrave) briefly glimpses the doomed Septimus Warren Smith (Rupert Graves) in the film of Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway (the novel which provides the framework for Oscar-winner The Hours).
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