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London's Most Romantic Bars & Restaurants (in the movies)

By Christian Rose-Day (04 Feb 11)
Tags: Renne Zellweger, Julia Roberts, Hugh, Grant, Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz - some of the prolific rom-com actors Hollywood has ever seen. But what about the restaurants, bars, and pubs of London that were used in scenes in their romantic movies?

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London's Most Romantic Bars & Restaurants (in the movies)

Valentine's Day in London often culminates in a perfunctory exchange of cards, perhaps some flowers (from Tesco), a romantic meal for two (at Pizza Express), followed by a trip to cinema to see the latest Jennifer Aniston rom-com movie. To avoid this archetypal descent into unimaginative Valentine's Day (Groundhog's Day) repetitive mundanity, have you ever considered casting yourself in a movie rather than going to see one?

London may not have the prolific movie "Hey, I recognise that place" frequency as somewhere like New York, but it does have a wealth of bars, restaurants and pubs that have already welcomed the glare of The Director's camera.

To recreate some of your favourite romantic (or tragic) movie scenes, why not use this Valentine's Day as an occasion to explore some of London's celluloid secrets: London's most romantic bars and restaurants (in the movies). You never know, the ghosts of Hollywood past might just have a profound effect on your love life.

Bridget Jones' Diary is one of the most rampant movies for utilising London's eating and drinking establishments. For a start, Bridget resides in a flat above The Globe pub in Borough Market. Renée Zellweger also chooses to listen to friendly advice at North African restaurant Momo in Mayfair, before her and Hugh Grant start their romantic liaison at the Cantina del Ponte restaurant on the South Bank. And who could forget the scene in which Hugh and Colin thump lumps out of each other before crashing through the window of Spitalfields' restaurant Bedales? The Light Bar near Liverpool Street also plays a part in Bridget's life - it's the location her good friend chooses to break the news about Rebecca.

Gwyneth Paltrow also pops her head into a few London venues in Sliding Doors. She and co-star John Hannah have their first date at Fatboy's Diner, whilst The Blue Anchor pub in Hammersmith also features in the movie, as does the Bertorelli restaurant in Fitzrovia, in both of Gwyneth's alternate realities.

Woody Allen's tennis love story, Match Point, features Scarlett Johansson et al in various London restaurants. Notably, the Brasserie Max in the Covent Garden Hotel and Locanda Locatelli restaurant in Marylebone.

Bloomsbury's Chinese restaurant Hakkasan sets the scene for Hugh Grant (again!) and his attempts to unravel his tangle of lies to Rachel Weisz in About A Boy. Hugh's lonely character also visits the mouthwatering French deli Comptoir Gascon in Farringdon.

Hugh was also spotted having dinner with Julia Roberts at Nobu restaurant in the movie Notting Hill. He also took part in that famous Four Weddings and A Funeral confession of love scene (geez, he gets around a bit!) with Andie MacDowell outside the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank.

On the darker side of love, the interior of Madame Jojo's club in Soho makes an appearance in Stanley Kubrik's Eyes Wide Shut as Sonata Jazz Cafe, where Tom Cruise begins his night of infidelity exploration.

Bridget Fonda and Joanne Whalley decide to live the high life at the Cafe de Paris club In Leicester Square in the movie Scandal, and The Crown pub in Clerkenwell Green is the location for teacher Cate Blanchett's love summit with Judi Dench, where she admits her affair with a pupil. Shameful!

Looking for MORE romantic inspiration? Check out Fluid London's Top 10 Best Bars, Pubs, Clubs & Restaurants in London to Take Someone On A First Date.

Or if you want to just watch a movie, check out our Top 10 Best Bars & Pubsfor Watching Movies

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