STYLE DES­TI­NA­TION

Go glam in Bev­erly Hills, a small but iconic city un­der the sun

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DAY 1

Check in to your ho­tel, then set out on foot to ex­pe­ri­ence that Cal­i­for­nia sun­shine first­hand. Peo­ple say no one walks in Los An­ge­les, but strolling the streets of the city of Bev­erly Hills is a plea­sure. Make your way to the Golden Tri­an­gle, the city’s un­sur­passed shop­ping dis­trict bor­dered by South Santa Mon­ica Boule­vard, Wil­shire Boule­vard and Canon Drive, with Rodeo Drive at its heart. Here, crazy-ex­pen­sive bou­tiques like Harry Win­ston, Chanel and Cartier sit side by side with more main­stream fare, such as Saks Fifth Av­enue, Z Gal­lerie and Pa­per Source. I spent more than an hour brows­ing through & Other

Sto­ries, a scrump­tious fash­ion and ac­ces­sories store owned by the H&M Group. Stop in at some of the many gourmet food shops in the area, and savour ev­ery­thing from cheese and mac­arons to cup­cakes and candy. Still hun­gry? Grab a ta­ble at Sharky’s

Wood­fired Mex­i­can Grill for a leisurely lunch and watch the haute world go by.

When you’ve had your fill of see­ing and be­ing seen, head back to your ho­tel for a dip in the pool and then dress up for din­ner (noth­ing too fancy – Cal­i­for­nia is very ca­sual). End the day with a drink at the one-year-old Wal­dorf As­to­ria’s The Roof

top by JG (3) bar, which of­fers spec­tac­u­lar views over Bev­erly Hills and Los An­ge­les as the sun sets.

DAY 2

Start your morn­ing in healthy Cal­i­for­nia style with a cy­cling tour of Bev­erly Hills led by the pros at Bikes and Hikes LA. The elec­tric Celebrity Bike Tour cov­ers all the city’s best spots, from Grey­stone Man­sion, with its in­cred­i­ble gar­dens and grounds, to the whim­si­cal sto­ry­book Spadena House (af­fec­tion­ately known as the Witch’s House) to the Pa­cific De­sign Cen­ter.

For lunch, make a reser­va­tion at the not-to-be-missed iconic Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel (2) (don’t for­get to take a selfie un­der­neath its fa­mous sign

(1)). Or­der ei­ther the sig­na­ture Mc­Carthy Salad (5) pool­side at the Ca­bana Café or a burger and fries in the Polo Lounge or on the pa­tio.

The whole sto­ried ho­tel is be­yond lovely; it’s the per­fect place to imag­ine your­self rub­bing shoul­ders with past celebrity guests like Frank Si­na­tra and Eliz­a­beth Tay­lor – that’s if you’re not al­ready spot­ting cur­rent stars at a neigh­bour­ing ta­ble.

Stroll across the street from the ho­tel through the tran­quil Will Rogers Me­mo­rial Park, and then con­tinue walk­ing down North Bev­erly or North Canon Drive un­der­neath the iconic palm trees (8). Both roads meet Santa Mon­ica Boule­vard at Bev­erly Gar­dens Park, a long strip of ver­dant green space dot­ted with foun­tains and paths.

Across the road is the Bev­erly Hills Civic Cen­ter, housed in a chic Span­ish Re­vival meets Art Deco meets Post Mod­ern com­plex of build­ings adorned with stair­ways, bal­conies, gar­dens and palm trees. Take a few min­utes to con­tem­plate city hall’s grand eight-storey tower, with its blue-, green- and gold-tiled dome and gilded cupola (6).

When you’ve worked up an ap­petite, walk over to Cit­i­zen (9), a quirky ’60s-in­spired eatery. Opt for a cock­tail (I’m par­tial to the Vi­o­lette) in the open air lounge be­fore or­der­ing your meal. Fol­low up all that good food with a re­laxed ram­ble back to your ho­tel.

DAY 3

An­other sunny Cal­i­for­nia morn­ing beck­ons. Style lovers will want to rent or hire a car to tour the de­sign dis­trict in West Hol­ly­wood, just east of Bev­erly Hills. Start off along Mel­rose Av­enue, stop­ping in to view the ex­hibits at the Mu­seum

of Con­tem­po­rary Art (MOCA Pa­cific De­sign Cen­ter) and brows­ing at spots like the Jasper Show­room, an out­post of Michael Smith’s de­sign em­pire, and Rose Tar­low

Mel­rose House, to see the ven­er­a­ble de­signer’s fur­ni­ture and tex­tiles. If you’re here on a Sun­day, don’t miss Mel­rose Trad­ing Post, an out­door mar­ket held on the grounds of Fair­fax High School.

Once you’ve had your fill of vin­tage trea­sures, head south to scope out Heath Ce­ram­ics (7) on Bev­erly Boule­vard. I was in this store for at least an hour, fig­ur­ing out how many pieces I could fit into my carry-on to take back home. (The an­swer? Three.) Go next door to Rolling Greens Home & Gar­den (4), hands-down my favourite shop here – its lush decor had me all in a swoon. When you can tear your­self away from Rolling Greens, go for lunch nearby at ei­ther Ter­roni, if you fancy Ital­ian, or Es­cuela Ta­que­ria, for a quick Mex­i­can bite.

Hop in your trans­port and head west along Bev­erly Boule­vard to Robert­son Boule­vard; in the area you’ll find RH Mod­ern, Restora­tion Hard­ware’s con­tem­po­rary de­sign ex­ten­sion, as well as a num­ber of other mod­ern fur­ni­ture stores. Carry on to May­fair House for up­scale ac­ces­sories, Ann Sacks for oh-so-chic tiles and Foundry for lux­ury light­ing. Stop for a blood orange lemon­ade at – where else? – Lemon­ade.

You’re now on the border of Bev­erly Hills, so make your way back to your ho­tel and re­lax by the pool un­til it’s time to pack up your pur­chases and head home.

The pool at The Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel has un­der­wa­ter speak­ers; mu­sic is piped right in while you swim!

9 Num­ber of days to spend here 3 1960s-in­spired decor – and cock­tails! – is the or­der of the day at Cit­i­zen restau­rant.

1

7 5 6

BOLD Hol­i­days – or Bev­erly Hills Open Later Days – starts in Novem­ber; en­joy spe­cial spec events and longer shop­ping hours.

4 Ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor Suzanne Moutis couldn’ t get enough of Rolling Greens Home & Gar­den.

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