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Los Angeles

Anya Hindmarch
British designers are big hits stateside and Anya Hindmarch is no exception. Her designs are loved by LA's loveliest ladies.
Spend hours perusing the dusty vinyls at LA's beloved record shop - indie kids can't get enough.
American Rag Cie
Live out all your denim fantasies here at American Rag Cie, your one-stop jean shop.
American Apparel
So popular you'll find more than one American Apparel dotted across the city.
Alexander McQueen
Bringing drama and extravagance to every catwalk show he ever did, McQueen was a British fashion icon - his London flagship store is certainly worth a visit.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Opened in 2003, the Frank Gehry-designed concert hall is worth visiting if only to view its exterior. An amazing piece of architecture, the building houses some of the best classical music events in the city.
The Wiltern
A large venue where the best musical artists are endowed with the grandeur they deserve.
The Brewery
The Brewery Art colony consists of five hundred or so artists in every field of production. Over 170 private studios in the 300-studio complex throw open their doors to the public, so keep an eye out.
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.
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.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art, MOCA has one of the nation's most renowned and comprehensive permanent collections. A mu
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.
Hollywood and Highland Center
Are your hands bigger than Elizabeth Taylor's? There's only one way to find out, and that's on the sidewalk outside the legendary Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. A touristy must-do.
Hammer Museum
Situated on the gorgeous UCLA campus, the thought-provoking and engaging exhibitions at the Hammer Museum are sure to provide something of interest.
Griffith Park
Griffith park is not only home to that ultra-famous Hollywood sign, but also holds the title of the largest municipal park in the United States. Come here to escape the traffic and enjoy a little green space.
Getty Museum
An architectural gem, the J. Paul Getty Museum showcases beautifully-curated collections of Western art. Stroll through the central gardens and soak up the Californian sun.
El Capitan
For a piece of that old movie palace glamour, take a look inside El Captain, one of the few left of its kind.
Bergamot Station Arts Center
SMMoA devotes its exhibition spaces-the main gallery and two project rooms-to presenting and advancing the work of contemporary local national and international artists whose work merits 'sustained inquiry and recognition'.
Alex Theatre
Placing itself at the centre of the city's arts, culture and community programming the Alex theatre has a large role to fill which it does it exceptionally well.
Ace Gallery
If you're often left cold by exhibitions of modern art, we urge you to give this gallery a try. With a balance of emerging and fully established artists, much e
Elite and exclusive and oh-so-particular about dress code and guest list, the Villa is like a secret society where the glitterati go to see and be seen.
Vibrato Grill Jazz
Romantic, of-a-certain-age scene serving smooth live jazz...
Unassuming tiki shack that serves the gamut of exotic cocktails - come early to snatch one of the few seats and join the luau.
The Writer’s Room
A vintage leather-clad grotto tucked away behind Las Palmas club, The Writer’s Room is a destination LA speakeasy within the city’s modern, super-sleek bar and club scene.
The Varnish
The Varnish is a teeny boite hidden in the back of Cole’s Downtown (the famed, circa-1908 establishment that claims to have invented the French dip sandwich), and entering the bar (which used to be a spare storage closet) feels a bit like walki
The Satellite
Formerly Spaceland, this incredible venue has hosted some of the biggest groundbreaking bands in LA, and despite recent changes, one can only hope it continues to bring in the best of the indie rock scene.
The Roxy Theater
One of the legendary LA venues, the Roxy is the Strip's live music mainstay.
The Edison
An expansive space characterized by dramatic architecture and a high energy scene...
The Dime
Surprisingly swanky little bar that has become a hit with the trendoids.
The Body Shop
Sunset's best strip club, but that's not saying a great deal...
Umami Burger
Umami Burger takes the concept of fast food and gives it a fine-dining spin, with both celebrities and locals flocking to its outposts for calorie-heavy fare.
Spare Room
A sleek-but-unpretentious lounge that bills itself as a gaming parlour, Spare Room, which occupies the mezzanine of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, features two vintage bowling lanes designed to appeal to the child-
Rainbow Bar & Grill
As close as you can come to being on tour with Motley Crue circa 1989, The Rainbow has been host to everyone from Marilyn Monroe to heavy metal rockers, and retains a roadie-licious edge.
Draws blessedly young hordes of beautiful boys and lesbian lookers to dance the night away with a cocktail or three.
Pour Vous
Of the dance clubs LA offers, those looking for a rowdy night out may want to head elsewhere: most of the dancing that takes place here is courtesy of the burlesque dancers who are dropped from the ceiling.
M Bar
You'd never notice M Bar if you weren't looking out for it. Tucked into a frankly unglamorous shopping center, this restaurant-cum-supper club is a sexy surprise that has managed to stay under the radar. 

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