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Discovering the X Factor of glamorous LA

Helen Blundell October 22, 2015

This year’s X Factor is in full swing and this weekend sees the highly anticipated judges’ houses stage of the competition air on our screens. Rumour has it that pop star, Rita Ora decamped to Los Angeles with her category, The Girls.

Home to some of the world’s most famous recording studios, not to mention countless celebrities themselves, there really is no better place for fledgling pop stars to try and crack their way into the music business.

But there is much more to the City of Angels than celebrities. So, if like Rita Ora and The Girls, you’ve got just a couple of days to explore Los Angeles, don’t worry, that’s still plenty of time to discover what this city has to offer.

10am Day 1

What better way to start your trip to LA than with a classic American brunch. With countless cafes and diners to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We’d recommend the American staple of pancakes, maple syrup and bacon.

1pm

Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the Griffith Observatory, located on Mount Hollywood. It’s free to enter and the view of the city sprawled out below you is not to be missed. You’ll even get to see the famous Hollywood sign up close – perfect for those iconic photo opportunities.

Venice Beach

 

4pm

Leave the heady heights of the Hollywood Hills behind and make a beeline for the vibrant area of Venice Beach. Do like the locals and strap on your roller blades or hire a bike – two of the best ways to travel along the iconic boardwalk. From bodybuilders to skateboarders, this area of LA is a hive of activity and the perfect location for a spot of people-watching.

Santa Monica

7pm

Make your way up to Santa Monica Pier, one of the city’s famed sites, for a ride on the Ferris wheel. Go during the day to get great views of the city, or at night, when it is lit up with multi-coloured lights and the city provides its very own light show.

10am Day 2

Rodeo Drive

Foodies will be in seventh heaven with a visit to the Original Farmers Market. Located on the corner of Third and Fairfax, this market is home to an array of stalls selling fresh produce and delicious culinary treats from all over the world. From Korean street food to Spanish treats and Italian gelato, there’s plenty to get your teeth into. Across the road is the open air shopping mall, The Grove, offering an alternative to the glitz of Rodeo Drive.

Midday

There’s no getting away from it, LA is a celebrity haunt, so why not give in and indulge in a little A List spotting with lunch at The Ivy. Book a table in advance and you may just find yourself sharing the restaurant with a famous face or two.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

3pm

Of course, no trip to LA would be complete without a trip to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Yes, it is a tourist trap, so expect the usual crowds and street hawkers, but it is arguably one of the most iconic sights in the city. Head to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see the 200 odd famous hand and footprints in the pavement and see how your own measure up.

7pm

Finally, there’s no better way to end your trip to the city than with a cocktail at a rooftop bar in Beverly Hills. There’s plenty to choose from (both bars and cocktails) but the views of the city are what make this a drink (and trip) to remember.

Take a look at our multi centre pages for more inspiration on glamorus holidays to Los Angeles.