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
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®.
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.
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. Then, get ready to be scared as October brings Halloween.
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, MadameButterfly, 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.
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.
Join Kanye West when The Saint Pablo Tour stops at the LA Forum on 29 October. Back on the road after five years, Kanye is sure to put himself back on the map with a show stopping live performance. Get into the Halloween spirit at the Hollywood Pantages theatre on 30 October at Alice Cooper. Spend a night with the pioneer of shock-rock, as you celebrate all things horror - drawing inspiration from movies, vaudeville and garage rock for the ultimate Halloween eve party. Then, on the 31 October join the largest street party in the world, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, which starts at Santa Monica Boulevard. This is one of the biggest events of the year and crowds of up to 500,000 come along to see the parade.
Los Angeles areas
Find out what each of LA’s unique neighbourhoods have to offer.
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.
Hollywood, the epitome of western glamour and a symbol of the film industry everywhere, is one of LA’s most popular neighbourhoods. See the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and the iconic Hollywood Sign. Visit Universal Studios Hollywood – the world’s largest working movie studio, home to film making since 1915. Mingle with LA’s elite on Sunset Strip, or shop in upscale Melrose Avenue and stay at the Andaz West Hollywood, a sophisticated hotel in the heart of Hollywood. Be sure to travel up the hill to Griffith Park, a sprawling space of local flora where you will get the best view of LA from the Griffith Observatory.
West Hollywood is a great place to be for bars and clubs, and has a big LGBT culture. Liberal and accommodating, West Hollywood has some of the best shops, and restaurants in the city. Also, as bars close at 01.30 across LA, West Hollywood’s clubs stay open until much later. Beverly Hills is synonymous with wealth and celebrity status and is home to many a famous face. Affluent and chic, the neighbourhood is full of high-end shopping, like the designer boutiques on Rodeo Drive. Don’t miss out on a stay at the luxurious Beverly Wilshire, a Los Angeles landmark.
Anaheim, in Orange County, is the ultimate family destination. It is home to an extensive array of world-class theme parks, including LEGOLAND®, Knotts Berry Farm and Adventure City. But the big draw is the Walt Disney-designed Disneyland®, which opened in 1955. Classic rides and all your favourite characters are there to greet you. The brilliant Downtown Disney is great for themed restaurants and bespoke shops, you can even go to the AMC cinema. Anaheim is also home to its own ice hockey team, The Anaheim Ducks (formally the Mighty Ducks), and the Anaheim Angels baseball team.
These three neighbourhoods are the hip places to be. Silver Lake, just east of Hollywood, is teeming with bohemian hipsters and brilliant bars serving craft cocktails. Here you can shop in thrift stores and eat at gourmet cafés. Echo Park is a historic area which houses the iconic Dodgers Stadium, but is also home to live music venues and record stores. If you love rummaging through vinyl, then this is for you. A bit further afield in Eagle Rock, you can find a multicultural and artistic enclave with a calming atmosphere. Packed full of cafés and restaurants, you will find a great bite to eat here.
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High Life Magazine
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