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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. Book your flights to Los Angeles to discover it all for yourself.

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

The festive period brings concerts, traditional ballets and Christmas cheer to Los Angeles. But Hollywood doesn’t get post-Christmas blues… January kicks off the awards season and starts the year with comedy, music and blockbuster circus productions. In February, enjoy music in new ways: in an iconic venue and as an accompaniment to snowboarding stunts.

December
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December

Start off December with a classical treat when the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra play on 1 December at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert, Dudamel and Russian Masters, sees the Venezuelan maestro bring Rachmaninoff's, Prokofiev's and Scriabin’s most difficult pieces to life with the celebrated LA Philharmonic. Head over to the Queen Mary II in Long Beach to the CHILL winter festival. Throughout December you’ll be able to ice skate and enjoy some Christmas cheer. Or between 14 and 18 December, the 108th Christmas Boat Parade hits Newport Beach, where boats are dressed up like Christmas trees with sparkling lights galore. Don’t miss the Los Angeles Ballet's version of Tchaikovsky’s, The Nutcracker, at venues across the city.

January
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January

It’s awards season in LA and Hollywood glitters. Watch the Golden Globes on the 8 January and maybe spot a star at Spago, Wolfgang Puck’s chic bistro. Cirque du Soleil reimagines Avatar as an acrobatic production ‘Toruk’ at The Forum with incredible, high-tech staging from 12 to 15 January. Have an evening with David Sedaris. The brilliant comedian and writer is in the Macgowan Hall Little Theater from 22 to 28 January. On 28 January, see world-famous pianist, Emanuel Ax and the LA Philharmonic play a fascinating bill of melodic Mozart, clashing with the strange sounds of expressionist Schoenberg. But if orchestras can’t stir you, how about the buzz of a needle? The Tattoo Expo takes over the last weekend of January at Pasadena Convention Center. In LA, tattoo artists are treated like Golden Globe film stars, so expect plenty of colourful characters.

February
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February

Kick off February by seeing one of the greatest living pianists, Lang Lang performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on 1 February, also a great opportunity to visit one of Frank Gehry’s best buildings. There’s a lovely opportunity to see how Pixar make their films at The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition in the California Science Center, until April 9. Adam Ant brings the 1980s New Romantic movement back for two nights only on 9 and 17 February at the Fonda Theatre. Over the weekend of 18 and 19 February is the Air + Style Festival of snowboarding and music at Exposition Park. If you can tear your eyes away from the world’s best boarders, acts include Major Lazer, Flume and Chromeo.

Los Angeles areas

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

Downtown
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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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