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Lo­cated at the base of the Hol­ly­wood Hills and ad­ja­cent to Bev­erly Hills, the city of West Hol­ly­wood is just 1.9 square miles. The city is com­prised of three main districts: the world-fa­mous Sun­set Strip, Santa Mon­ica Boule­vard, and the West Hol­ly­wood De­sign District. If you’re un­fa­mil­iar with the area, start with a guided tour. Bikes and Hikes LA (bike­sand­hikesla. com) of­fers a wealth of dif­fer­ent tours. Choose the ‘celebrity bike tour’, which is an easy, stress-free tour. And with elec­tric bikes, don’t worry about the hills.

If the jet lag hits, stretch your legs in Grif­fith Park. It’s one of those places where you think you’ll spend an hour or two, but hap­pily end up stay­ing for the day. A gift to the city in 1896 by min­ing mogul Grif­fith J Grif­fith, and five times the size of New York’s Cen­tral Park, you have access to more than 3,000 acres and 53 miles of trails.

Or head to Run­yon Canyon where the view is un­ri­valled. Down­town is spread out in front of you and the Hol­ly­wood sign sits just above, just close enough for you to cap­ture it on cam­era.


What­ever the lat­est celeb-ap­proved fit­ness or well­ness fad is, you’ll find it started in West Hol­ly­wood. Shape House (shape­house.com) has been an LA fix­ture for a few years now. Snug­gle into a heated sleep­ing bag, switch on your favourite series and sweat out up to 800 calo­ries as your body is heated to 70C for 60 min­utes.


Af­ter ex­er­cise, comes the calm. Head to Un­plug (un­plug.com) for med­i­ta­tion classes, which of­fer all the ben­e­fits of mind­ful­ness with the added sup­port of a guide.

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