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Los Angeles

Los Angeles may be famed for its celebrity culture, Hollywood glitz and A-list postcodes – but this is only the beginning. LA is home to eclectic neighbourhoods and some of the best beaches in the world. Love it or hate it, you’ll find a side of the city’s personality that captivates you.

From iconic neighbourhoods like Beverly Hills, which was immortalised by Julia Roberts' shopping spree in Pretty Woman, to the illuminated Ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier and the celebrated Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles has it all. Simply a walk along the familiar streets of LA can feel like you’re starring in your favourite movie or TV show. For a true LA experience, hang out with the locals at a buzzing gastro pub in Downtown LA, see the iconic Hollywood sign from the Griffith Park Observatory or cycle along the bustling Venice Beach promenade. Sit courtside at an LA Lakers game or spend an adventurous weekend at Joshua Tree National Park.

Los Angeles

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Labor Day galvanizes the Los Angeles party scene in September, inspiring an array of festivals and sizzling club nights. It’s lashings of scream-filled Halloween fun in October. Then November brings the holiday spirit to the city, with ice skating and festive parades filling Angelinos’ diaries.

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September

Head to the coolest Labor Day fiesta in town on 1 September, when the Westwood summer pool party – also known as WET Sundays – takes over at W Los Angeles. Then on 13 September, Eat, See, Hear Outdoor Movies presents cult classic The Goonies at Centennial Square, Pasadena City Hall.

Established and rising artists will perform on outdoor stages at The Sunset Strip Music Festival fom the 20 to 21 September. Then the annual Abbott Kinney Festival arrives in Venice, LA’s beachside neighbourhood, on the 28 September.

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October

Experience Oktoberfest, LA style on 4 and 5 October at Beverly Hills Country Club. Then sit back and enjoy extraordinary acrobatics, along with toe-tapping tunes from the composer of Wicked, as Pippin the Musical arrives at Pantages Theatre on 21 October.

Grab your spot and get ready to cheer as you absorb the atmosphere at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on 26 October. Then get ready for a host of Halloween-themed events leading up to 31 October, including spook-tacular family fun at Disneyland Resort and scream-filled Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.

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November.

November

November transforms pockets of Los Angeles into winter wonderlands, with ice skating rinks dotted around the city. ICE at Santa Monica brings some holiday spirit to LA’s seaside from 1 November. While from 14 November children will love ice skating at Downtown Disney, where they can glide and pirouette to the Frozen soundtrack at Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink.

Kick off the holiday season in Los Angeles at The Hollywood Christmas Parade on 30 November at 5pm. Starting on Hollywood Boulevard, this larger-than-life procession sees marching bands, characters and giant inflatables line the red carpet.

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Los Angeles neighbourhoods

Hollywood and West Hollywood

Hollywood and West Hollywood

Associated with movies, glitz and glamour, Hollywood and West Hollywood are a ‘must see’ for celebrity spotters and film fanatics. One of LA’s most popular neighbourhoods, this area is home to the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Immerse yourself in the world of movies and experience thrilling family attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Mingle with LA’s elite at trendy nightclubs on the Sunset Strip or shop until you drop on upscale Melrose Avenue. This desirable area offers some of the city’s finest hotels and provides a more affordable alternative to those found in nearby Beverly Hills.

LA Beaches

LA Beaches

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide range of fantastic beaches that LA has to offer. Back in the heyday of Route 66, Santa Monica was the end of the line. Now it is better known for the bustling Santa Monica Pier, with its illuminated Ferris wheel. Just south of Santa Monica, you’ll find the eclectic Venice Beach. Stroll along the boardwalk or embrace the bohemian vibe in the cafes, bars and galleries. Admire the exclusive houses along Malibu Beach or grab your surfboard and take to the waves at Huntington Beach.

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

Home to the world-famous zip code that is synonymous with wealth, status and celebrity. These uber-chic, ultra-posh and overly pricey neighbourhoods are home to many famous faces, including Madonna and George Clooney. Head to Rodeo Drive for designer shopping and small private boutiques. This area is popular with wealthy shoppers, sunglass-wearing celebrities and tourists hoping to see their fashion icons. Don't forget to look at the road itself; you'll spot some impressive and high-priced vehicles parked up.

Anaheim

Anaheim

Orange County is the ideal family destination. It’s home to an array of world-class theme parks, which include Disneyland Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm and Legoland. Downtown Disney has something for everyone, from restaurants to bespoke shops and an AMC movie theatre. Create your own unique toy car at Ride Makers. Block at Orange and GardenWalk offer plenty of opportunity for retail therapy, with arcades and bowling to keep the kids happy.

Downtown

Downtown

Downtown LA is home to the city’s premier red carpet venue, LA Live. This thriving entertainment complex is a great place for seeing a movie or grabbing a bite to eat. While Watercourt at California Plaza is a whimsical urban park with fountains – a popular location for films or music videos. If you hang out long enough, you’ll probably see someone filming something. In this area renowned for its cultural diversity, admire the striking architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall or watch baseball with the locals at the nearby Dodgers Stadium.

When best to go?

Prepare for the weather before your Los Angeles holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • 18°Jan
  • 19°Feb
  • 19°Mar
  • 21°Apr
  • 22°May
  • 24°Jun
  • 27°Jul
  • 28°Aug
  • 27°Sep
  • 24°Oct
  • 23°Nov
  • 19°Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 79
  • 76
  • 71
  • 25
  • 10
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
  • 5
  • 15
  • 31
  • 66
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 10
  • 12
  • 11
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8

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