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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

In April it’s time to join the carnival, as the Fiesta Broadway Latin American festival comes to town. May brings the start of the summer, a great time of year in LA – enjoy vegan beers, film festivals and plenty of fun in the sun.

April
Iron maiden tour.

April

Calling all sports fans… As usual, LA’s Staples Center has an amazing line-up of sizzling basketball action happening throughout April, including the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Boston Celtics on 3 April. Then get ready to be transported to a virtual Neverland, as J M Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan is spectacularly translated into an immersive in-the-round theatre experience, with the aid of a 360-degree projection screen. At the pop-up Threesixty Theatre from 6 to 24 April. British behemoths of heavy metal, Iron Maiden, will be bringing the Los Angeles leg of their Book of Souls World Tour 2016 to The Forum on 15 and 16 April. Then immerse yourself in the party when the ‘Super Bowl of Festivals’, Fiesta Broadway takes over Downtown Los Angeles with its celebration of LA’s Latin American community. Expect performances from the biggest stars in Latin American music along with carnival entertainment and more, on 24 April.

May
May.

May

Celebrate the Cinco de Mayo fiesta in style by heading down to Calle Olvera, Los Angeles’ oldest area, on 5 May. Great food, plenty of cerveza and an atmosphere like no other makes this a day to remember in LA. Following this, on 7 and 8 May, a glitter-filled weekend awaits as RuPaul’s DragCon comes to the Los Angeles Convention Center. This is the second year for the convention and will feature some of the most outrageous drag queens on the planet – not for the fainthearted. LA On Tap takes place at the California Market Center on 14 May, which brings over 150 craft beers to sample alongside some great food and live music. And finally, check out British goth-rock heroes The Cure at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. Three dates on 22 to 24 May allows more fans to see this amazing show at one of the most famous venues in the world.

June
vegan beer food festival.

June

If indie film is your thing, then don’t miss LA’s premier exhibition of visionary work from seasoned, and newly-emerging, independent film-makers. The LA Film Festival is a key launching platform for innovative film, TV and online content, so expect great things – at various venues from 1 to 9 June. Then Shakespeare’s celebrated tale of star-crossed love, Romeo & Juliet will be mesmerisingly translated into dance, when the Los Angeles Ballet bring their flawless interpretation of Frederick Ashton’s masterful choreography to the UCLA’s Royce Hall on 4 June. Or if a solid dose of rock is more to your taste, don’t miss Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience – perfectly recreating the legendary sound of Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones – at the Teragram Ballroom on 5 June. Then finally, sample mouth-watering vegan fare and top-notch craft beers when the Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival brings together the region’s premier vegan caterers and clothing specialists at the Rose Bowl, on 18 June.

 

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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