Bridget Jones has made many mistakes, but spotting the one-bedroom flat she occupied in the first film was not one of them.
Sitting above the Globe Tavern, the flat has risen in value by more than 240pc since Jones’ screen debut in 2001, thanks not only to London’s overheated property scene but also to its proximity to the reinvigorated Borough Market.
Back then, she would have paid around £190,000 for the flat, according to , but would expect £650,000 were she to sell it today, despite the noise of two nearby railway lines.
Jones was a publisher in the first film, a job which, back then, would have commanded a salary of £23,000 – just enough to pay for the flat above the pub.
Today, that salary would perhaps allow Jones to get a mortgage of £90,000. This would make her unable to buy in London, though she could afford to rent in most places outside Zone 1.
Adjusted for inflation, her salary would today be £35,000, still unlikely to support the purchase of a house in the capital. But at least she could rent a very modest flat near Borough station.
But as all Bridget Jones fans will be pointing out, their heroine changed career to become a TV news producer. The new film, Bridget Jones’ Baby, hints that she is a high-flier.