Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Los Angeles

République
Restaurateur Bill Chait and husband-and-wife team Walter and Margarita Manzke are responsible for the French-inspired splendour of République in LA.
Otium
Found next to the contemporary art museum The Broad in Downtown LA, Chef Timothy Hollingsworth’s Otium is a sophisticated, approachable restaurant.
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
Redbird
Redbird, found in the 1930’s rectory of Downtown LA’s deconsecrated cathedral, is a New American restaurant from talented chef Neal Fraser.
Hotel Covell
Hotel Covell is a scene-tastic micro-hotel from the minds that brought LA the ultra-trendy Bar Covell, offering five intensely design-conscious rooms.
Blue Plate Oysterette
Blue Plate Oysterette pretty much does what it says on the tin. Ocean-fresh oysters and seafood with a blue and white decor - need we say much more...
Tavern
Tavern is an achingly hip Californian eatery from irrepressible duo sommelier Caroline Styne and chef Suzanne Goin serving superb seasonal produce...
Catch
Ocean-fresh seafood is on offer at beach front eaterie, Catch. Located in Santa Monica it's been making waves now for some time...
Cut
Wolfgang Puck is the master of all things meaty - and his LA outpost of Cut is no different - sublime cuts of meat on offer...
Abalone Cove
Natural beauty awaits at Abalone Cove where skinny-dippers and fishermen alike come to explore the tidepools.
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.
Runyon Canyon
If views are your thing a ramble along Runyon Canyon is an incredible way to see the city - from all kinds of awe-inspiring angles.
Shutters on the Beach
Shutters on the Beach is a serene waterfront property with whitewashed New England charm on the ocean front in Santa Monica
The Mosaic Hotel
Just along from Rodeo Drive this is the epicentre of shopping, pampering and flirtatiously eyeing-up media moguls over a saketini.
Learn to Surf LA
Surfing and LA go together like a horse and carriage which is why Learn to Surf LA - one of the best surf schools in the city - is a must for those serious about the surf.
Casa del Mar
Casa del Mar offers unbridled luxury overlooking the gentle roar of the ocean for old and new school glitterati...
LA Horseback Riding
What's not to love about going out in LA horseback riding, galloping through the Santa Monica Mountains upon a fiery steed? Giddy up!
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.
Bluewater Sailing
Skippers ahoy! Grab your blue-and-white striped t-shirt and head to Bluewater Sailing which will have you sailing the Seven Seas - or at least one of them - in no time. We can feel the wind in our hair already.
Rooftop – The Standard
Rooftop at The Standard has the most breathtaking view of LA's sky-high cityscape and sipping cocktails in the warm night surrounded by glittering skyscrapers is something special...
Viceroy Santa Monica
Eclectic, cosmopolitan chic for an elegantly fluid clientele...
Zankou Chicken
At Zankou Chicken the spit-roasted chickens are unbelievably tender and flavourful, with an otherworldly crispy skin. Trying it is a must...
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. 
Mr C Beverly Hills
Mr C Beverly Hills comes from the four-generation Cipriani family business effortlessly mixing old world Hollywood glamour with a modern, chic exterior.
The Huntley Hotel
Stylishly adorned with modern designed pieces, this Santa Monica beach-front hotel is for the those who want a cut above...
Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel
Quite possibly the best place to stay in LA for those looking to indulge in luxurious quiet, the bi-level hotel’s lobby is set apart from guest areas, which are located on a separate, uphill level. 
The Shade Hotel
Beachside boutique hotel known for its laid-back surf chic.
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Grand, sophisticated and elegant, this downtown hotel is a bastion of timeless, Old Hollywood opulence.
Staples Center
Like the gates of heaven for sports fiends and fans alike the Staples Center is also a great place to spot a-listers in the crowds that congregate here.
The Dresden Room
Retro-kitsch trappings host LA's most famous lounge singing duo...
Starline Tours
Renowned operator Starline Tours takes celeb-lovers to the homes of the rich and famous and now beyond.
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.
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.
The Stairs
Tropicana
The A-list has slunk off elsewhere, leaving a mid-century modern oasis complete with heated pool to steam up the scene.
Petit Ermitage
Achingly hip and artisan spot in West Hollywood that’ll bring out the bohemian in any traveler.  
L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
Just low profile enough to attract the real heavy hitters, Raffles combines new-school design with old-school opulence...
Malibu Beach Inn
Eco-surf-chic hotel is the embodiment of California cool in one of the most laid back areas to stay in Los Angeles...
Farmer’s Daughter Hotel
Slightly off the wall, definitely not banal, this West Hollywood boutique intrigues and titivates...
Hotel Bel-Air
Swan-filled lakes in a serene Spanish colonial setting epitomises the grandeur of LA's grande dame...

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