Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Los Angeles

An Ode to Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier is the old-school focal point of the whole Santa Monica community and the tourists who troop along the boardwalk
The Beach Cities
Living on the beach nurtures a carefree attitude among residents which is why the beach cities - Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo - are happy places indeed. Flip-flops at the ready.
Harvard And Stone
The best cocktail bar in Los Angeles, Harvard and Stone is an amateur mixologists wet dream with R&D facilities to concoct that perfect drink...
Canter’s Deli
This iconic Jewish deli is a delightfully unrefined holdover from a bygone era...
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
As you'd expect animals abound inside Los Angeles Zoo - particularly of the primate variety. So quit monkeying about and get yourself a ticket.
Casa del Mar
Casa del Mar offers unbridled luxury overlooking the gentle roar of the ocean for old and new school glitterati...
Angel Stadium
Heaven must be missing an angel - a few of them in fact - but luckily we've found them; they're here at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim home to the minor-league Angels. Grab a hot dog a foam finger and enjoy.
Del Monte Speakeasy
Kick back in Venice’s oldest watering hole to the tune of the prohibition, sipping your illicit cocktails with the other miscreants that pack this underground spot. 
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Grand, sophisticated and elegant, this downtown hotel is a bastion of timeless, Old Hollywood opulence.
Four Seasons Hotel
In one of the best areas to stay in Los Angeles, the Four Seasons Beverly Hills boasts the timeless style and luxury many have come to expect from the group
Boardner’s
A Tinseltown tipplers Mecca that has hosted many of Hollywood's finest...
Grand Central Market
For international culinary diversity collect your change and bag a bargain at LA’s oldest and largest open-air food hall.
Perry’s
Perry's is something of an institution on LA sands; offering bikes and burgers in equal measures (not at the same time mind) this is the perfect place to get some exercise and refuel in suitable calorific fashion afterwards.
Green Door
A lush and labyrinthine parlour evoking 1920s Paris...
Santa Monica Beach
Like something straight out of Baywatch this is LA's signature stretch of sand; expect bronzed bodies lifeguard posts and more sexy scenery than you can shake a very large stick at.
L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
Just low profile enough to attract the real heavy hitters, Raffles combines new-school design with old-school opulence...
Hotel Bel-Air
Swan-filled lakes in a serene Spanish colonial setting epitomises the grandeur of LA's grande dame...
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
A Rodeo drive classic with all the bling, all the celebrities and prices to match.
Surf Academy
Nobody likes to wipe out which is why Surf Academy is a must when thinking of taking to the waters to impress bikini-clad girls.
Downtown Los Angeles
The recently neglected downtown area in L.A has much to offer the budding sightseer. Flounce around Union Station like movie and television stars of the past before touring the sights of Broadway.
Bradbury Building
Named after its commissioner – Lewis L. Bradbury – a mining millionaire turned developer, this now National Historic Landmark has been the muse for many a science fiction production. 
Bar Noir at Maison 140
The classic secret rendezvous with perfect Martinis to kick start the action...
The Charlie
A slice of the English cottage life makes The Charlie one of the more quaint places to stay in Los Angeles, with amenities bursting out of its stained-glass panes.
Beverley Hills Hotel
Steeped in legend and sophisticated glamour the celebrity dripping Beverley Hills Hotel & Bungalows is one of LA's most decadent...
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Recreating that authentic safari vibe San Diego Wild Animal Park is an ideal way to see exotic animals without having to traipse to Africa. All are well cared f
Chateau Marmont
The Chateu Marmont provides more than just accommodation in LA for its famous guests...
Los Angeles Conservancy
For a deeper cultural or architectural insight (beyond the obvious glitz and glam’) join one of LA Conservancy’s tours.
Dodger Stadium
Baseball is huge here in Los Angeles and there's no better place to watch it than at Dodger Stadium - home to the almighty Dodgers. Go wild in the crowds.
Venice Beach
Steroid-pumped hunk trunks and silicon-filled beach babes flock to Venice Beach where thin is in and fitness is everything.
Argyle Salon & Spa
Visitors flock to Los Angeles hoping for three things: sun, relaxation and the chance to live like the fabulous. The Argyle Salon & Spa in the Sunset Tower
Trina Turk
Fun and fabulousness abound inside designer Trina Turk's LA outlet with humour added to her line of casual California-inspired clothes.
Traveler’s Bookcase
While we wouldn't usually advocate other travel books those who do want other travel-related literature should come here. Although we're the best of the bunch and you know it.
The Way We Wore
A throwback to the days of yesteryear The Way We Wore (with one of the best puns we've ever come across included in the name) is the place to come for vintage both high-end and casual.
Silent Movie Theatre
Devoted to reinvigorating the movie-going experience, the owners of the Silent Movie Theatre believe that movies work best as social experiences. Get involved and pay a visit to this quirky cinema.
Santa Monica Pier
If the rides and cotton candy put you off visiting the pier in the day, head down after dark and participate in their programme of events including a series of dances and concerts.
Royce Hall
An architectural gem as well as home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and stage to luminaries such as Albert Eintsein and Ella Fitzgerald, Royce Hall is a must-see LA icon at UCLA.
Pasadena Playhouse
Remarkably, the second oldest regional theatre in the entire United States, The Pasadena Playhouse has been a great institution of American theatre since 1917.
Nuart
Go along on a Friday to see the Nuart's 'midnight movie', with a different choice every week, and experience one of LA's most beloved cinemas.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
An important site in the city's cultural map, LACMA has housed some impressive collections over the years and is a great place to visit if one has had enough of
Huntington Library
An unmissable oasis of architectural and cultural beauty in Pasadena, the Huntington Library boasts a impressive collection of rare books, manuscripts and artwork to rival any museum in LA.

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