One-bedroom flat above The Globe Tavern in Borough is estimated to have been worth £190,000 when Bridget Jones’s Diary came out in 2001
Her one-bedroom flat above The Globe Tavern in Borough is estimated to have been worth £190,000 when Bridget Jones’s Diary came out in 2001 — just about plausible for a lowly journalist.
Fifteen years later, with Renee Zellweger back in the title role for the series’ third film, Bridget Jones’s Baby, her home would sell for about £650,000 — even though it is now sandwiched between two railway lines.
Director Sharon Maguire said: “When we first went there it was just a market surrounded by some quite rundown buildings and now it’s one of the most chi-chi places in London to live. We rationalised that Bridget could still afford to live there because she got on the property ladder just as another railway line was going beside her flat — now she has one either side of her flat, and the whole place rattles.”
According to the crew, the south London area’s gentrification posed a problem when it came to production. Its market, which features in a key scene in the film, has gone from a farmers’ market open two days a week in 2001 to a tourist hub open for six, making shooting on location difficult.
But Maguire said the team, assisted by Film London, were welcomed by traders and tourists alike. “Going back to Borough Market was a bit like going home for us, even though it now costs £8 for a potato,” she said. “With the first film nobody knew quite what it was, but this time we were welcomed with open arms. It was really moving to go around your own city and for people to say, ‘Oh, I know that, I know the street where that bit was filmed’.”