William and Kate are flying back from Los Angeles where they have ended their first tour abroad. During their stay they have been visited deprived children on Skid Row, played polo and have been thrown a party attended by the Hollywood stars like Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez. If the Cambridges (as Stephen Fry them so lovingly called them) have inspired you to visit the city of angels, here are some suggestions to help you plan your trip:
Hop through town
Choose a 24-hour or 48 hour ticket for the ultimate hop on – hop off tour in Los Angeles, giving you flexibility to explore the city in your own time. There are four different routes that explore different parts of Lost Angeles. Each loop has a different duration varying from one to two hours and you can join busses at the various stops along the route. This way you can see the highlights of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Downtown and Universal all at your convenience.
Walk this Way
The Walk of Fame is made out of tiles with names of the rich and famous, which runs all along Hollywood Boulevard and along Vine. Search for the names of the legendary like Lawrence Olivier and Nat King Cole to more recently Penelope Cruz. Once there visit the Chinese Theatre where stars have left hand and footprints in cement, see the small hands of Shirley Temple and last week Jennifer Aniston joined the honours. Don’t forget to have a peek the Kodak Theatre next door: it is the location for the annual Oscars!
Life’s a beach.
Los Angeles has amazing beaches like Venice beach. Spend a day relaxing or people watching on the beach, you might even see some dolphins, or walk to along the boulevard where you can find stalls with souvenirs, restaurants and entertaining street artists.. Santa Monica offers entertainment in the shape of the Santa Monica Pier with rides and attractions that will keep children of all ages happy.
Food in Los Angeles can be healthy conscious: Mexican chain Sharky’s offers excellent organic food. Everything is freshly made on the premises and so you can eat delicious Mexican meals for a very reasonable price. Popular restaurant Kate Mantilini specialises in American food and is open until late during the week.Choose from burgers to salads, but what you really want to try is the rotisserie chicken.
Should America not be on the cards for you this year, book a London theatre break and experience a little bit of the American Dream with Legally Blonde the Musical. California girl Elle Wood loses the love of her life when he dumps her to go to Harvard. Determined to get him back Elle follows him and enrols to do read law in her own well-manicured style! The musical is a perfect show for the summer.