Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Los Angeles

Abalone Cove
Natural beauty awaits at Abalone Cove where skinny-dippers and fishermen alike come to explore the tidepools.
Chung King Road (N Hill St)
Take a break from scoffing dim sum in Hollywood's famous Chinatown to get all cultural and view some art in the galleries that line the surrounding streets.
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. 
Mark Taper Forum
Known for its nurturing of quality productions, the Taper is reputed for housing slightly more weighty productions. Look up the schedule for a new season of fantastic theatre.
Attend the Taping of a TV Show
Take a peek behind the scenes of telly world and grab the chance to see one of your favourite shows in the making. You'll forever be able to shout when it appears on screen: 'I was there!'
Barrington Recreation Center
A great place to come and play Barrington Park Recreation Center offerings everything from competitive sports right through to picnic tables. Personally we pref
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.
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.
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
ArcLight
This self-professed 'cinerama' offers a complete experience for movie lovers. The schedule has a mix of current blockbusters and retrospective screenings of old
The Groundlings
An improvisation and sketch comedy troupe, the Groundlings and their theatre offer a great place to watch comedy in the city. Who knows, you could catch the nex
ACME
ACME Los Angeles is one of the top contemporary art galleries in the city. Found just off Wilshire the gallery is home to some top international names...
Pantages Theatre
Come here to see big musical shows and some of your favourite musicians play in a classic Hollywood venue.
The Music Center
The performing arts centre of Los Angeles, The Music Center is formed of four venues: the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum.
The Greek
For a festival vibe, visit the Greek and watch some live music under the stars in the heart of the city. Having played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment, the Greek knows what it's doing.
Hollywood Bowl
Home to rock stars and concert musicians alike, the Hollywood Bowl has something to suit all tastes. How better to appreciate your favourite artist than in such amazing and historic surroundings?
Geffen Playhouse
The place to go for plays and musical/vaudeville pieces, the Geffen Playhouse caters to the discerning theatre goer and sing-a-long lover alike.
El Rey
The El Rey Theater is an original art deco theater in the heart of the Miracle Mile, one of Los Angeles' preserved art deco districts. Converted into a live music venue in 1994, it now houses all manner of entertainment.
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