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Discover another side to Los Angeles

Famed for its connection to Hollywood and the celebrities which tag alongside, Los Angeles is perhaps overlooked as a city of culture and beauty. Look behind the glamourous façade and find out what makes LA tick.

Los Angeles is a sprawling city, made up of many different towns and small cities. Stretching from the beautiful beachfront paradises of Santa Monica and Venice to the artistic enclave of Silver Lake and suburban Eagle Rock. There are amazing museums and cultural hotspots dotted all over the city, like the Grecian beauty of the Getty Villa and the kitsch Hollywood Bowl. Find out about prehistoric California at the La Brea Tar Pits, before heading to Koreatown for amazing food and hip bars. Discover why Downtown is now a trendsetting place to be, with its many bars and cool hotels. But don’t be afraid to venture further out, into the rolling parkland of Griffith Park in the north, where you will find a stunning view from the Griffith Observatory across LA’s vast expanse.

Holidays in Los Angeles.
Holidays in Los Angeles

Combine flights + hotel with British Airways to create a brilliant holiday on the west coast. Los Angeles has it all – stunning beaches, the glitz of Tinsel Town, superb restaurants and brilliant shopping. Don’t miss a trip to the iconic Disneyland®.

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Car hire in Los Angeles.
Car hire in Los Angeles

Our flexible car hire, in partnership with Avis, gives you the freedom to create your own itinerary around LA’s sprawling city streets. Wind your way around the Hollywood Hills, take in the view from Griffiths Park or visit Santa Monica Beach.

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What's on in Los Angeles over the next few months

LA’s summertime spirit comes alive in July, kicking off with the Fourth of July celebrations. August is all about the music – with soul, rock and opera greats bringing sweet sounds to LA. Then, in September, foodies get their fill at Los Angeles’ biggest food festival and the county fair is in town.

July
eat see hear.

July

July in Los Angeles begins with the spectacular Fourth of July festivities. Celebrate Independence Day in style at Hollywood Bowl’s July 4th fireworks spectacular from 2 to 4 July. This year, legendary rock ’n’ roll band Chicago join the patriotic fun. From 19 July you can see Broadway favourite CABARET at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Sing along to the memorable soundtrack of this captivating story, which tells the tale of a decadent club in pre-WWII Berlin – where only the alluring nightlife can distract from the looming situation. Or take advantage of the warm temperatures at LA’s premier outdoor movie, food truck and live music event, Eat See Hear. This summer-long celebration rotates venues around the city. Catch 80s comedy Coming to America on 2 July or Hitchcock classic North by Northwest on 16 July, both at Autry Museum in Griffith Park.

August
coldplay head full of dreams.

August

Don’t miss soul songstress extraordinaire, Gladys Knight, belting out a dizzying array of hits from her decades-long back catalogue. The RnB icon will be taking to the stage of the equally iconic Hollywood Bowl for one night only, on 3 August. Youngsters can explore their artistic flair on Family Day at the excellent Pasadena Museum of Californian Art, on Saturday 13 August. Then sit back and enjoy the mesmerising score of Puccini’s operatic masterpiece, Madame Butterfly, performed by a 75 piece-orchestra in the picturesque setting of Marina del Rey, on 18 August. Finally, don’t delay booking your tickets to see British rock behemoths Coldplay, on the LA leg of their global Head Full Of Dreams Tour, at the Rose Bowl on 20 and 21 August.

September
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September

Over Labor Day weekend, bring your appetite to Los Angeles, as The Taste is in town. Stroll around the Paramount Pictures lot over 2 to 4 September to see food demos from top chefs and sample some of the best food and wine on the west coast. Throughout September and beyond, life-size and life-like dinosaurs take over the LA Zoo. At Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo, 17 animatronic beasts are brought back to ‘life’ in this amazing kid’s exhibit. Don’t miss the 94th annual LA County Fair in Pomona – with rides, games and fun for all the family from 2 to 24 September. From high-octane attractions to super gooey food, this is an American classic. And finally, Icelandic art-rockers Sigur Rós take over the Hollywood Bowl on 24 September for an unforgettable show with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Los Angeles areas

Find out what each of LA’s unique neighbourhoods have to offer.

Downtown
Downtown.

Downtown Los Angeles has undergone a cultural rebirth in recent years, it is no longer the stuffy business-heavy district it once was. DTLA, as its acronym suggests, is a hip and urban space with a lot to see and do. The Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall has striking modern architecture. Journey through the Art District’s wildly-decorated buildings on your way to Koreatown for a bite to eat. Downtown is also home to LA Live, an entertainment complex key to the area’s new success. Stay at The Standard, Downtown for one of the best bars in town – The Standard Biergarten.

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