Holidays in Los Angeles

Where to stay in Los Angeles

Hotels in Los Angeles

Essential information for Los Angeles

Local time

Language

USA flag
American English

Currency

US Dollar $
Official currency of the United States

Do I need a VISA?

Yes. You'll need to obtain approval no less than 72 hours prior to travel to the US via the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.

Flight information

Los Angeles (LAX)
11h 10 m
Direct flight

Flight schedule

  • Virgin Atlantic fly twice daily to LA from Heathrow
are our official partner airline

Getting around

A car is almost a necessity in LA, although the Metro network will take you between Universal Studios Hollywood and Pasadena in the north.

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Highlights of LA

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in LA, so here’s a checklist of some of its best attractions.

Beaches

- Long Beach is packed with nightlife and family attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific.

- Stroll the 3.5 mile-long sands of Santa Monica and explore the amusements on the pier.

- Watch the street entertainers on Venice Beach and the fitness buffs on Muscle Beach.

- Drive out to Malibu Beach where the American drama Baywatch was filmed.

Sightseeing & Attractions

- Take the family to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim for hair-raising rides.

- Go behind the scenes of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studios.

- Take nature walks and see the dinosaur skeletons at the Natural History Museum.

- Visit the unique Grammy Museum and The Staples Centre – home of the Lakers and Clippers – at the LA Live entertainment centre in Downtown LA.

Food and Drink

- Eat some of LA’s best tacos at B.S. Taqueria and Leo’s Taco Truck.

- Take a walking food tour of the Original Farmers Market to sample artisan street food, coffee and bakeries.

- Treat yourself to a salted caramel cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory.

Luxury

- Go shopping in The Grove, a huge shopping mall filled with fashion brands.

- Get a nostalgic taste of 1930s California with a stay at Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica. The detoxifying Hammam treatment in the ONE Spa is a hit.

Events and Festivals

- April: Join the cool crowds at Coachella music festival, a two-hour drive from LA.

- July – August: The US Vans Open of Surfing comes to Huntington Beach.