How to take on the City Of Angels, ButterBoom style.
The Standard Downtown, Rooftop pool
Los Angeles – a city of silver-screen dreams, where movie moguls, stars and starlets party in the California sunshine. The reality of this sprawling metropolis is certainly more complex than its celluloid image, but it’s no less mesmerising without the special effects.
The sheer scale of the city can be overwhelming, but explore the fabled neighbourhoods of Hollywood, Bel-Air and Malibu, and you’ll find those flashes of movie magic unique to LA.
Each part of the city has its own distinct character – a cross-city drive feels like a series of rapid set changes. How the plot unfolds is up to you.
Where to shop
West Hollywood is the place for retail excess, particularly on Rodeo Drive and Beverly Boulevard, but less label-conscious shoppers love Robertson Boulevard’s boutiques and Melrose Avenue’s vintage wonderlands.
The Grove on Grove Drive is a boutique shopping mall next to the Farmers Market (with butchers and bakers and peanut-butter makers) – worth a peek after you’ve exhausted the wealth of shopping possibilities on West Third Street.
For something a little more bohemian, head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice – the best indie stores include Equator Books, Japanese design emporium Tortoise, and retro-furniture showroom Surfing Cowboys.
Where to sip and sup
Join the cool kids at Cut, Wolfgang Puck’s classy Beverly Hills steakhouse. Iconic West Hollywood restaurant The Ivy is a see-and-be-seen stunner with starlets on tap. For French fancies, try shabby-chic La Poubelle, where bistro classics include onion soup, snails and signature martinis.
Make like Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly with a night at Chinese-themed Formosa Café at 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard, hang with the hip crowd at the Rooftop Bar at The Standard Downtown LA, or dance til dawn at Forty Deuce on Melrose Avenue.
The Standard Hollywood, Lounge
Thompson Beverly Hills, Pool
Thompson Beverly Hills, Lounge Night
Where to stay
Mr & Mrs Smith tip a trio of boutique hotels in Los Angeles, including seductive Sunset Strip stay The Standard Hollywood, party-fabulous Chateau Marmont, and stylish retreat Thompson Beverly Hills in the city’s upmarket design district.
Chateau Marmont, Penthouse Terrace
Chateau Marmont, Garden View