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What sep­a­rates a pro­ducer from a star­let? His trousers. Hello, Hol­ly­wood! She’s a siren, she’s a tramp, she knows what she wants, and she’ll do what­ever it takes to get it. Cue the sun-kissed days, the palm trees, the ocean and canyons, the beau monde (with a lit­tle help from a friend), the raz­zle daz­zle, the sheer en­ter­tain­ment of it all and be­fore you know it, you too will be un­der her spell. LA’s con­sid­er­able charms spread far and wide, so get ready to drive, drive and drive some more. Start your en­gines...


Hol­ly­wood is an A-list sip, sup and play mag­net with lots of tourists; it shares the Sun­set party strip with West Hol­ly­wood (WeHo); west again is glitzy, ritzy Bev­erly Hills; and south­west are beachy Santa Mon­ica and Venice. The Hills are north, flats south, and hip­ster Sil­ver Lake, Los Feliz and the emerg­ing Down­town lie east. Ac­tion!

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There’s re­ally no bad time to visit; spring-sum­mer are lovely al­though Aug-Sep roast, and Jan-Feb can be rainy While it’s balmy year round, have a cro­chet knit to throw over your bikini morn­ings/evenings Nov-Mar LAX to Hol­ly­wood: ap­prox 1hr / $60 by cab Rent a car – what you drive mat­ters in LA, and for­get walk­ing, un­less you’re look­ing for a new PRO­fes­sion Rent a car with GPS, you’ll be lost with­out it and no one knows how to give di­rec­tions (or stops for you) Park­ing – it’s valet, or the high­way. All ho­tels, many restos, bars, clubs and some shops and spas force you to use it. No valet? Park on the street and have coins for the me­ters (or use credit card), but check the signs Peak hour traf­fic may seem to last all day, but is worst from 6-10am and 3-7.30pm Mon-Sat Denim rules, and is con­sid­ered dress­ing up for many Un­less you’re in­vited to the Os­cars (Feb-Mar), don’t come at all, ev­ery ho­tel room and restau­rant will be booked, and peo­ple will pay even less at­ten­tion to you No smok­ing pretty much any­where in­doors The concierge is your best friend, get to know them If you can’t get a ta­ble res, try your luck at the bar For the rich n’ hip, be­ing seen to be green is crit­i­cal. They won’t, how­ever, be caught dead on pub­lic trans­port Tip­ping is manda­tory, though it doesn’t guar­an­tee bet­ter ser­vice. In restos, as a min­i­mum, dou­ble the tax Bars and clubs close at 2am, like, bor­ing... Keep ID handy when hit­ting bars and clubs Int’l call­ing code is +1, and dial the pre­fix for lo­cal calls: Hol­ly­wood is 323, WeHo to the beaches is 310... In emer­gen­cies, don’t scream and holler, dial 911

A few phrases that you may hear...

Our mar­riage is as solid as a rock : I started sleep­ing around af­ter 6 months; she’s got a drink­ing prob­lem

I’m a free­lance pro­fes­sional slasher : I’m a blog­ger slash model / DJ / writer / ac­tor / snap­per / I’m out of work

Al­righty, get ready to be, like, so LA...

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