May 26, 2024

On Business in... Los Angeles

With a population of around 3.9 million, Los Angeles is the second largest city in the US, second only to New York City. The financial and commercial centre of California and the entire West Coast, the city of angels is home to the Hollywood film industry and is also hot in tourism, technology, digital media, aerospace, fashion and the arts.

Sleeping

Downtown LA (known locally as DTLA) has seen a flurry of hotel openings. Last year, Conrad Los Angeles introduced a Frank Gehry-designed luxury hotel, opposite the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The AC Hotel Downtown Los Angeles and Moxy Downtown Los Angeles will open later in 2023. Sharing a 37-storey skyscraper, these Marriott brands will offer nearly 750 rooms and more than a dozen dining options.

Eating

An impressive 26 Los Angeles restaurants were awarded one or more MICHELIN Stars in the 2022 Guide and reflect the diverse range of cuisine here, from modern French at Camphor and European-style at Gwen to Southern-inspired American at Hatchet Hall and contemporary fare at Manzke. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, the Arts District in DTLA is a hub of trendy, more affordable eateries with a cool Shoreditch-style campus vibe.

After hours

The Vinyl District is Hollywood’s hottest night out, with rooftop bars that are buzzing into the early hours.

Mingle with LA’s next-generation entrepreneurs and creatives at sundown at the rooftop Highlight Room, where DJs provide the perfect soundtrack to 360-degree views of the surrounding Hollywood Hills and the magnificent city skyline.

Getting about

LA’s Metro is expanding, with the K Line now open and with seven new stations. In the next phase, the line will connect with a new station at LAX, due to open in 2024, so arriving passengers can travel directly to DTLA on public transport. LAX is also opening a new Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility later in 2023, making it even easier to hire a car on arrival, while ride share apps like Uber and Lyft are well represented citywide. LAXcar provides executive airport transfers and transport for corporate events, plus city and wine tours.

Must-see sights

Join a guided walking tour or saddle up for a sunset horseback tour to see the famous Hollywood Sign, which turns 100 this year. Warner Bros. also celebrates its centenary, so don’t miss its famous Studio Tour. Or, go gaming at the new Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios.

Getting there

There are more than 50 direct flights from London Heathrow to LAX International Airport every week. A new daily Delta Air Lines service launches from London Heathrow to Los Angeles on March 26, on Airbus A330-900neo, with all four cabin classes, including Delta One suite.

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