London’s Borough Market Set To Star Again?
Due for release in July 2015, Bridget Jones’s third big screen adaptation seems to be finally underway. Following the hugely successful novel “Mad About The Boy” by Helen Fielding, this movie will continue the story where “The Edge of Reason” left off. The first two movies were commercial successes so expect a nationwide release through large cinema chains, like Cineworld, and an accompanying heavy-duty marketing campaign. Fans of the comedy drama will be delighted to hear that location shooting could begin as soon as this summer and – it is expected – that Borough Market in Southwark will again feature in a Hollywood film.
Located a stone’s throw from
Borough Market has been a favoured shooting location in the capital for a
number of directors. Bedale Street ,which runs between the market and Borough
High Street was the chosen location for Bridget Jones’ flat, just above the
Globe pub which is still there, squashed between two overhead rail lines. The
memorable scene in which Colin Firth and Hugh Grant fight was shot in this
street, although the steps leading to an Underground station in the background
are entirely fictitious. London Bridge
A traditional wholesale fruit and veg market for decades, Borough Market’s fortunes were dwindling in the mid 1990s with many stall holders moving away or going out of business. Nowadays, the largely Victorian architecture is a huge hit with trendy market traders selling gourmet foods and farm produce directly to customers. The mostly covered roof and intense atmosphere really evokes a bygone era despite all of the newcomers. As such, it really feels very different from somewhere like Covent Garden, itself once a flourishing fruit and flower market.
In 1998, Guy Ritchie chose the alley that is just on the other side of Borough Market from
Bedale Street for a
number of scenes in “Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels”. By this time in the
market’s history, bistros and artisan cheese makers had already begun trading
close to the market on Park
Street. Yet, the location was simply made over and retained enough of its
look to match Ritchie’s gritty visual style. Whether he knew it or not, Ritchie
was following in the steps of Merchant Ivory, who also chose to use London Park Street for a
location in “Howard’s End”.
A year later, some scenes of “Entrapment”, a Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones thriller, were shot in the market itself. The location directors also used part of
’s financial district – just over the
river London Thames - for some shots. The contrast
between the two sides of London that were depicted really added to the sense of
location, before the action moved to Kuala Lumpur for the film’s finale.
More recently, Borough Market’s distinctive and historic visual appeal has been selected by location directors working on the Harry Potter franchise. Along with Leadenhall Market, a now defunct market in the City of
it features as the secret entrance to Diagon Alley. It was perhaps this
other-worldliness that attracted Terry Gilliam to the area, too when he chose
Borough Market as a location for “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”.
Gilliam’s movie used London Green Dragon
Court for his shots, just paces away from Bridget
Jones’ fictitious home on Bedale
With so many movie locations to spot and such gastronomic fare on offer, Borough Market is really well worth a visit. If you can, head there mid-week, when there are less crowds and it is subsequently easier to spot the various locations used.