GET YOUR BEARINGS
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.
SWEAT IT OUT
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.