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Wel­come to Los An­ge­les’ hippest hang­out

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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.

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