Bridget Jones’s Baby, the long-awaited threequel to Bridget Jones’s Diary, arrives in theaters on September 16. But what if you’re jonesing for even more of Bridge’s swishy life in London? Jetting all the way to England just to get your Bridge fix may seem like traveling to the edge of reason, but with post-Brexit flight prices dropping faster than Daniel Cleaver’s knickers after a first date, there’s really no better time for a rom-com-inspired jaunt. Here are six places we recommend for soaking up Bridget’s fabulous vibes.
1. Borough Market
In the first Bridget Jones flick, our fair-haired heroine shops at London’s most renowned food market for her home-cooked birthday dinner — you know, the one where she winds up serving “blue soup, omelette, and marmalade.” Don’t let her gastronomic disaster dissuade you from visiting this lovely landmark, though. Borough Market is a sumptuous feast for eyeballs and tastebuds alike, with gorgeous open-air stalls offering luscious cheeses, desserts, honeys, jams… oh yeah, and fresh produce perfect for making, say, caperberry gravy.
2. Tate Modern
Bridget and her singleton friends hashed out their lackluster love lives over drinks at a chic restaurant inside this contemporary art museum. This summer, the Tate Modern unveiled a new wing complete with another to-die-for drinks and dining spot, fittingly called Kitchen and Bar, where you can sample pre-bottled cocktails alongside small plates like crispy squid, beef carpaccio, or pork and black pudding croquettes.
3. Bath, England
The first two Bridget books were loosely based on Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion — both by Jane Austen, who once lived in the resort town of Bath about two hours outside of London. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Bath is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway from the big city. Luxuriate in Bath’s naturally heated spring waters at the historic Roman Baths or the sleek Thermae Bath Spa — or, just cut to the chase and book a stay at The Gainsborough Spa Hotel, which opened in 2015 and is the only hotel in Bath with its own private spring reserve.
4. Tower Bridge
Bridget’s bridge! Onscreen, Jones is seen strutting along this iconic River Thames crossing as she heads home to her Southwark flat. After taking in the city skyline from Tower Bridge, you can treat yourself nearby to a massage aboard an adorable houseboat at Sahana Ayurveda or relax in an altogether different way by chilling out at St. Dunstan in the East, a Zen-like public garden built upon the ruins of a former church.
Buckinghamshire is the county outside London where Bridget and Daniel go on a mini-break in Bridget Jones’s Diary. It’s known as “the most filmed county in England,” and with good reason: Located in the heart of the Chiltern Hills, its rolling countryside provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic vacay. For the ultimate in picturesque, book a room at Hartwell House, a country estate-turned-luxury hotel.
6. Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer department stores may not be part of the Bridget Jones universe, but there’s no way Miss Jones wouldn’t shop at one in real life. Why? Two reasons: underwear and food! M&S is renowned for its bras and panties (sorry, “knickers”), in practical yet pretty styles and every size imaginable — from “tiny” to “granny,” as Bridge would say. Meanwhile, its food halls proffer delicious pre-made dinners, sweets, and bottles of wine and bubbly, perfect for a girls’ night in.
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