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The best hotels for city style. This month, London and West Hollywood beckon
THE LOOK: VIEWS TO DIE FOR
Designed by the late award-winning London-based architect David Collins, The London West Hollywood merges Brit-cool with trendy LA. Prepare to be spoilt by spacious suites and oversized bathrooms, and if you’re feeling particularly fancy, book the penthouse – it was designed by Vivienne Westwood and, at 11,000sq ft, is the biggest in the city. But what you really come here for is the panoramic view from the rooftop pool.
THE LOCATION: LA’s HIP HEART
At the crossroads of hip West Hollywood and boujis Beverly Hills, The London is at the heart of LA. Sunset Strip – the ultimate rocknroll hangout – is on its doorstep, where you can party at the iconic nightclub The Roxy, before stumbling back to bed. Hollywood Boulevard, the home of the Walk of Fame, is a 10-minute car ride away, and you can reach LAX in less than 30 minutes.
THE FOOD: BRITS ABROAD
After eight years of Gordon Ramsay at The London, the restaurant rebranded to The Boxwood in 2015, aww name that better represents its laid-back vibe. Lunch is tapas-style, while dinner is more refined. We prefer Wednesday evenings, when executive chef Anthony Keene serves classic British-pub food with a twist: fish and chips with mushy peas, bangers and mash, and roast beef with Yorkshire puddings like you’ve never seen before.
THE VIBE: GROWN-UP GLAMOUR
By day, The London is tranquil. Recline in a private rooftop cabana, soak up sweeping views of the city and gorge on handcrafted ice cream from the Salt & Straw pop-up. While it is familyfriendly, it’s not noisy – children are too busy playing with the hotel’s official mascots, bulldog puppies Winston and Churchill. While this makes it sound a bit faddy, The London is every bit as glamorous and ripe for people-watching as its New York counterpart.