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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

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

December sees a month of festive fun, culminating in the always-memorable NYE in LA. Then the legendary Rose Parade gets 2016 off to a spectacular start in January. February is a month for lovers with Valentine’s Day, and of course the brilliant party for Chinese New Year will blow away the winter cobwebs.



Are you a Christmas grump? More of an Ebenezer Scrooge? Then perhaps Grinchmas is for you. Between 4 December and 2 January, you can meet the Grinch at Universal Studios Hollywood. The famous holiday ballet The Nutcracker is performed by the Los Angeles Ballet at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood (home to the Oscars) on 12 and 13 December. If that isn’t enough to get you ready, then the Holiday Sing-Along will. Taking place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on the 19 December, with all your favourite Christmas numbers. And then to finish off the year, LA becomes party central on 31 December. Head over to NYE Rapture at The Satellite for an 80s party.



On New Year’s Day in Los Angeles, there is only one place to be… At the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. Bag a coveted spot along the 5.5 mile parade route and take in the fantastic floats adorned with magnificent floral displays. Then take your seat at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall on 3 January for the Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert. You’ll be enraptured by the Blue Danube among other waltzes and operettas, in this celebration of Viennese classical music. Or if musicals are more to your taste - be sure to book tickets for Bullets Over Broadway, The Musical. This stage adaptation of the acclaimed Woody Allen film has been hailed as ‘Musical Theatre Gold’ – at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre from 5 to 24 January. Meanwhile sports fans are spoiled with LA’s finest – the Lakers, Clippers and Kings – competing in a series of clashes throughout January at the Staples Center™. Then get revved up for a night of super stunts and high-octane action, when Monster Jam takes over the Angel Stadium in Anaheim on 30 January.



Los Angeles in mid-winter is still a very pleasant place to be. Visit the wonderful Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown to see some of Frank Gehry’s fantastic work in the flesh, before heading to Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the Frank Gehry retrospective. This wonderful exhibition is on throughout February and features models and blueprints of his past architectural wonders. The Chinese New Year is taking place on 8 February and welcomes in the Year of the Monkey. Expect amazing firework displays and grand celebration parades, featuring dancing dragons, monkeys, and high jinks, all over Chinatown. St Valentine’s Day sees LA come alive with romance. It is also your last chance to see the romantic classic Dirty Dancing show, which finishes its run at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on 21 February.

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.



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 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.

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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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