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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

Break out the barbecues and launch those fireworks for the Fourth of July. Then the scorching August temperatures complement a sizzling line-up of huge headliners. Autumn gets off to a lively start in September, with all the fun of the LA Country Fair and concerts ranging from rock to Broadway showstoppers.

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July

Join in with the patriotic Fourth of July celebrations taking place across LA, including ‘Americafest’ at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. Live music, a motorcycle display and fireworks spectacular will be included in the family-friendly fun. Then on 12 July, sample tantalising traditional dishes, enjoy live music and more during the annual Taste of Latin America Food Festival, at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles. Don’t miss out on tickets for Rent, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills from 16 to 26 July. Or the chance to party to the infectious soul-meets-bubblegum-pop sound of Meghan Trainor at the Hollywood Palladium on 24 July.

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August

On 9 August check out the R.G. Canning Flea Market. This unusual flea market brings a unique buzz to the Rose Bowl Stadium, as 2500 stalls selling extraordinary paraphernalia attract impressive crowds. Finishing on the 16 August, don’t miss the chance to see the Rock & Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip at the Skirball Center. Featuring more than twenty photographs of hand-painted billboards that dominated the Los Angeles landscape for almost two decades, find out more about the history of Sunset Boulevard’s obsession with rock culture. And finally, a must-see is the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar at La Scala with Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel on 30 August.

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September

Enjoy an evening of quintessential American entertainment, as award-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald performs beloved Broadway songs at the iconic Hollywood Bowl on 1 and 3 September. Then get ready for a fair of Los Angeles-proportions, as the LA Country Fair brings fairground rides, circus acts, a five-acre farm and much more to Pomona – from 4 to 27 September. Finally, LA welcomes two behemoths of rock this month… British legends The Who will be bringing their ‘The Who Hits 50!’ tour to the Staples Center on 21 September. While fans of the Foo Fighters can catch the band on a string of dates, at various venues across the city.

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.

Anaheim

Anaheim

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

Downtown

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.

When best to go?

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

LA: the most rock’n’roll night in history?

High Life Magazine

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On 27 August 1965, Elvis met The Beatles for the first and only time. High Life discovers what really happened on that historic night in Los Angeles.

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