“Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles,” Frank Lloyd Wright once said of the mythic Californian city, which has attracted those in search of fame and fortune for over a century, from gold-hunting prospectors to silver-screen seeking ingénues. As a result, it is a city with just about everything you can imagine to do, eat and see – and even if they don’t have it, they invent it, on Hollywood’s vast soundstages, where celluloid dreams have long been made. For the casual visitor, it can make for an overwhelming experience – but, with over 284 days of pure sunshine a year, beaches, mountains and plenty of good food, Los Angeles is a holiday destination like few others.
Which begs the question: where to start? Few visitors will be able to resist the mythic allure of Hollywood – the LA of the movies. Get this out your system early and indulge in a day of true golden-age Los Angeles on arrival: lunch at the storied Beverly Hills Hotel’s candy-striped Polo Lounge (the perennial spot of the tinsel-town power broker, frequented by just about every movie star in existence); an afternoon wander with the throngs down the Walk of Fame towards Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; early evening drinks at the Chateau; and a night at the legendary (and recently renovated) Sunset Tower Hotel, where Garbo, Sinatra et al have all laid their heads (and John Wayne kept a cow on his balcony for fresh milk, so the story goes).