LA: dónde tomar sol


Por Mark Ellwood

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Agosto 2016

Glorious weather is one of LA’s most reliable assets – it is one of the US’s sunniest cities, after all, with temperatures balmy enough for year-round jaunts to the beach. But there are other ways to enjoy the al fresco Angeleno lifestyle beyond California’s golden coast. Here are six insider ideas.

Caminatas en Griffith Park y Runyon Canyon

Los dos senderos más conocidos de LA rodean parques bien diferentes y son ideales para aprovechar al máximo el clima de Los Ángeles. El sendero del Observatorio West Griffith es un paseo en pendiente que ofrece vistas espectaculares de toda LA. La mejor forma de conocerlo es tomando un taxi hasta el Observatorio Griffith en la cima del sendero y luego ir bajando, deteniéndose cada tanto para tomarse una o dos selfies en uno de los lugares con la mejor vista del cartel de Hollywood.

Tome un taxi hacia el Observatorio Griffith, luego diríjase cuesta abajo. Deténgase a sacarse una selfie o dos en uno de los mejores paisajes del cartel de Hollywood.

Runyon Canyon es un camino más vibrante, un rulo que se puede recorrer con perros alrededor de una barranca empinada que lo dejará sin aliento, no solo por el ejercicio, si no también por las celebridades que podrá encontrarse, entre ellos, Justin Timberlake y Jake Gyllenhaal.

  • Diríjase al techo del moderno hotel Standard Downtown LA para beber unas margaritas de melón con una multitud de gente que concurre después del trabajo.

    Beat the queues

    The Standard Downtown LA’s buzzing rooftop bar has 360-degree cityscape views – so it’s no surprise it gets busy. Luckily, hotel guests get priority access, so you can skip right to the front of the queue. Book return flights from London to LA, plus seven nights at the Standard Downtown hotel from:£1088 pp

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Standard Downtown Bar en terraza

El hotel más moderno del centro continúa esta conversión de oficina ultra moderna del hotelero André Balazs, el creador de Chateau Marmont. Vaya al techo cubierto por AstroTurf rojo junto al ascensor, pasando las habitaciones repleta de mesas de ping pong, antes de sentarse en uno de los sofás con apoyabrazos bajos, inspirados en los años 1960 o incluso una o dos camas de agua. Para beber, hay un bar de cócteles y un jardín boutique de cervezas. Trate de evitar las fiestas durante los fines de semana, ya que la gente espera en la cola demasiado tiempo. En vez de eso, beba unos tragos después del trabajo (las margaritas de melón son excepcionales) entre los habitantes de la zona que vienen durante los últimos rayos de sol del día. Y sí, el Citigroup Center es el edificio en donde la firma L.A. Law tuvo alguna vez su casa central.

¿Dónde? 550 South Flower Street (+1 213 892 8080)

Annenberg Community Beach House

Hearst Castle magnate William Randolph built a 110-room oceanfront mansion in Santa Monica for his on-off mistress Marion Davies in the late 1920s. That sprawling pile was demolished decades ago, but what remains of the sumptuous estate was co-opted into a public beach club in 2009 thanks to generous funding from a local foundation. When the LA temperature rises, come here for a dip in Davies’ original pool, a spectacular sunbathing spot that’s marble-decked and mosaic-tiled; pause to pose like a Golden Age starlet lolling against the freestanding colonnade that rims one edge. There’s also a café, tennis courts and some appealing gardens to wander around.

¿Dónde? 15 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica (+1 310 458 4904; annenbergbeachouse.com)

  • Refrésquese en la piscina de Annenberg Community Beach House en Santa Mónica

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    The beach house gets particularly busy during the summer months, so make sure you arrive early – it opens daily at 08:30 – to secure a parking and pool pass, which are available on a first come, first served basis.

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  • Jason Ostro’s Alley Project in Filipinotown has transformed four abandoned alleys with over 100 bright street art murals © Jeffrey Sklan

    Ain’t no alley low enough

    The Alley Project hasn’t ended at four. Ostro aims to give every alley in LA’s District 13 a colourful makeover – so watch this space. Fly from London to Los Angeles from:£477 return

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  • Free wheeling: take the heat off pedalling and explore Venice Beach’s waterways on an electric bike tour © flatbox/Shutterstock

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    Venice was an independent city until 1926, when it merged with Los Angeles. Nowadays, it’s known for its canals, beaches and quirky boardwalk, which is filled with performers, artists and T-shirt stalls – explore it for yourself on an electric bike tour.

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The Alley Project

Gallerist Jason Ostro describes this, his passion project in the onetime wasteland of Filipinotown, as ‘turning blight to bright’. It’s an apt description, with four alleys (and counting) festooned with a dayglo mishmash of more than 100 street art murals, whether Peter Greco’s signature ‘caligraffiti’ to the multicoloured eagle by Swiss artist Raphael Grischa, the first work commissioned after the 10-year LA ordinance banning street art was lifted in 2013. To explore, start at Ostro’s Gabba Gallery, and like Dorothy in an arty Oz, follow the painted sidewalks and signs to find the next al fresco artwork.

Where? Start at the Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Boulevard (+1 310 498 2697; gabbagallery.com)

An electric bike tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach

Developer Abbot Kinney quilted his new oceanfront LA neighbourhood with canals as a marketing gimmick more than 100 years ago. Many were converted to roads when cars became popular but the backstreets of what he dubbed Venice Beach still retain some of these quirky waterways: the best option to explore them is on a group cycling tour. It also takes in some other noteworthy nearby sites, such as the double-jointed Santa Monica Pier, a constant movie backdrop (Titanic, Iron Man among others) that’s capped the Pacific Park funfair and its solar panelled Ferris Wheel. Even better, if the Los Angeles weather at noon makes pedalling along the beach too sweaty, switch the bike to electric and cruise effortlessly at up to 20mph.

Cinespia screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

As soon as movie buff John Wyatt started his screenings in 2002, an outdoor movie night-cum-picnic on Hollywood Forever’s Fairbanks Lawn became an Angeleno rite of passage almost overnight. Now Wyatt runs a sell-out summer season here, as well as one-off screenings at other unusual outdoor venues across the city (a portion of the fees paid are earmarked for upkeep of the graveyard which counts Rudolph Valentino and John Huston as eternal guests). Come for an early evening picnic under the warm end of a sunny day, then settle in for a screening of a modern classic with a pop culture punch and fanboyish appeal – think Fight Club, The Virgin Suicides or Cruel Intentions. Just remember to bring your own blanket.

Where? 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard (+1 877 435 9849; cinespia.org)