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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. Book your flights to Los Angeles to discover it all for yourself.

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.

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

In February, enjoy music in an iconic venue, as an accompaniment to snowboarding stunts. March brings the sun back to LA, not that it ever really leaves, with St Patrick’s day antics, big concerts and Tony award-winning musicals. In April, see Picasso paintings, a big name on a world tour and the LA Philharmonic getting an Icelandic update.

February
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February

Kick off February by seeing one of the greatest living pianists, Lang Lang performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on 1 February, also a great opportunity to visit one of Frank Gehry’s best buildings. There’s a lovely opportunity to see how Pixar make their films at The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition in the California Science Center, until April 9. Adam Ant brings the 1980s New Romantic movement back for two nights only on 9 and 17 February at the Fonda Theatre. Over the weekend of 18 and 19 February is the Air + Style Festival of snowboarding and music at Exposition Park. If you can tear your eyes away from the world’s best boarders, acts include Major Lazer, Flume and Chromeo.

March
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March

Begin the month with an iconic Angeleno band at the Staples Center, the Red Hot Chili Peppers play their new album ‘The Getaway’ alongside the classics on the 7 and 8 March. Follow this with a party for St Patrick’s Day at Long Beach’s Shamrock ‘N’ Roll when everyone becomes a little bit Irish for the weekend. Enjoy bands, booze and a brilliant atmosphere on 17 March outside the famous Queen Mary. And finally at the end of the month, the Tony award-winning play, An American in Paris comes to the iconic Hollywood Pantages Theatre. It’s showing from 22 March,in a limited run until 9 April.

April
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April

See Picasso and Rivera: Conversations across Time. An internationally acclaimed exhibition comparing Pablo Picasso with Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and how they approached ancient art. Showing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art until May. Mid-April, see Icelandic export, ethereal post-rock group Sigur Rós playing their best-loved hits with backing from the full LA Philharmonic orchestra. Part of LA’s Reykjavik Festival, there are three performances from 13 to 15 April at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Catch the man of the moment, pop artist The Weeknd, part of the appropriately-titled Starboy tour.

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