Where to dine like a celebrity
From the hottest brunch spots to the best cocktails in town, and from vegan breakfasts to the finest steak houses, Maxwell Williams shares the best places to dine like a star in LA.
Welcome to the City of Dreams
Flight time from London
10 hrs 20 mins
Distance from London
Whether you’re booking an LA holiday or a flight to Los Angeles, with British Airways you can expect great service every time. Our helpful BA cabin crew are always on hand to ensure your flight experience is as comfortable and as stress-free as it can be, from the start of your flight to touchdown – when you get to embark on your discovery of one of California’s most exciting cities.
With five direct flights to LA daily from London Heathrow, you can touch down in LA at a time that suits you and your all-important travel plans.
So, whether you’re travelling solo and looking to hit the town as soon as you land, or have the family in tow and want to ensure everyone arrives happy, our LA flights are perfect for everyone.
Read our Los Angeles travel guides for more inspiration on what to do once you arrive.
Make sure your trip is truly unforgettable by talking to one of our North America travel specialists.
Thanks to its year-round mild climate, LA makes for a popular destination with millions of visitors at all times. However, the months of June, July and August are particularly busy times for LA tourism, so fares can be higher during that period. To find our cheapest flights to Los Angeles, use our lowest fare finder.
You can touch down in just over 11 hours. British Airways operates up to five direct flights to LA a day: fly from London Heathrow to Los Angeles International (LAX).
Los Angeles International Airport is situated in the west of the LA area and the best way to get anywhere in this city is by car. This really is a city built around the car and most places you visit will have ample parking spaces, including restaurants and shops, which often have valet parking.
Taxis are readily available outside the terminals at LAX and the cost to Hollywood is around $50 (don’t forget there is a $4 airport surcharge on taxis). A no-reservation-required bus, the LAX FlyAway, runs from the airport to various destinations including Hollywood, Union Station in Downtown and Long Beach. A one-way ticket is just under $10.
To make your trip even easier, why not pre-book your shuttle or private transfer with us before you travel? Simply add it to you booking when prompted.
For more tips and advice on travelling in and around LA, check out our travel guide
If you’re travelling on a British passport, there’s no need to get a visa in advance – but you do need to apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours before you travel. There is a $14 fee for registration and, once approved, your ESTA is valid for multiple journeys for two years or until your passport expires.Find out more about visa requirements
Which cabins can I book when I fly to Los Angeles?
Our World Traveller cabins are great value for those looking for cheap flights to Los Angeles. You can select your seats in advance for an extra fee – the quieter seats are towards the front of the plane, while those directly above the wings reduce the intensity of turbulence. Alternatively, free seat selection is available 24 hours in advance when online check-in opens.
World Traveller Plus gives you more legroom and a smaller, more private cabin.
Wherever you want to stay and whatever type of hotel you are looking for, from the hippest Hollywood hangout to the classic luxury of Downtown, beside the beach or near a local attraction, our carefully chosen Los Angeles hotels suit every budget.Find a Los Angeles hotel
While you’re in Los Angeles, why not take your cue from the locals and treat yourself to some healthy living: get down to Venice Beach and Santa Monica’s iconic Muscle Gym; check out the many health food restaurants; and visit the new breed of vegan cafés and juice bars dotted all over the city.Things to do in LA
Los Angeles has a great foodie scene, but instead of being table-bound, sometimes all you want is food on the go, standing in the glorious LA sunshine. Eve Barlow has tracked down the best food trucks in the city – from ethically sourced fried chicken wraps, the best bagels in town and tacos worth travelling for.LA’s best food trucks
Our Los Angeles hints and tips will have you feeling like a local in no time
Tipping is customary in the USA. Bar tenders, hotel staff and doormen usually expect $1-$2, while an additional 15-20 per cent should be added to restaurant bills and cab rides.
Hire a car or take cabs (there are several taxi apps and pre-book cab companies including Beverly Hills Cab and the Yellow Cab Company). There are also buses and trains.
Head to Mulholland Drive and get a selfie under the iconic Hollywood sign, or indulge your starstruck side and visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame.