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
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Distance from London
We know how important it is to stay connected. That’s why we operate regular daily flights between Los Angeles and London. Transatlantic travellers can enjoy all the flexibility and freedom they need to plan their perfect trip, and the west coast of California is always within easy reach with British Airways.
When you book flights with British Airways, you can be sure you’ll be taken care of from the moment you step onto the plane to the moment you arrive in LA. But your British Airways experience doesn’t have to stop at the luggage carousel. You can add hotels and transfers to your booking to create the perfect holiday. Is LA just the beginning? Plenty of people fly to LA and use it as a gateway to the rest of California. Book car hire with us and use our multi-centre trip planner to plan your perfect trip – whether you go from LA to San Francisco, San Diego or Sacramento.
Book a British Airways flight and get the Los Angeles lifestyle, fast. We have up to five flights a day, every day of the week, from Terminal 5 at London Heathrow (LHR) to Los Angeles International (LAX). The flight takes just over 11 hours; soon enough you’ll be cruising the boulevards of sunny LA. Travel in First, Business, Economy Plus or Economy – wherever you’re sitting, sit back and relax: your entertainment, meals and drinks are all on us.
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. When you land at Los Angeles International, there are plenty of options for getting into the city and to your hotel. LA City Cab offers flat fares from LAX to Downtown for $46.50 (excluding tolls, surcharges and tips) – this usually takes 60 minutes, but depends heavily on the traffic. Alternatively, hop on the no-reservation FlyAway shuttle bus which takes you from the airport to various locations including Hollywood and Long Beach, from just $8. Or, if you are planning on staying for a while your best bet is to hire a car. Did you know you can pre-book your shuttle or private airport transfer with us? Just add it to your flight or holiday booking.
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 economy (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. Choose to fly with hand baggage only or pick a price that includes a 23kg checked baggage allowance and free seat selection 24 hours before you fly.
Premium economy (World Traveller Plus) gives you more legroom and a smaller, more private cabin.
Things to do in LA
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
What to eat 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.
Uber and Lyft operate in the LA area, as do traditional cab companies – or you could hire a car. Public transport is getting more popular in LA: there are trains and buses, and a useful Metro subway.
There are several great free LA attractions: Santa Monica pier, the Getty Center, and the Griffith Observatory with its great views of the cosmos – and the city.