Made famous as a home of the stars, Beverly Hills lies to the west of Los Angeles County, and is part of the wealthy ‘Platinum Triangle’ neighbourhood of L.A. The city has several landmarks of interest to visitors, including the famous Rodeo Drive shopping district and the nearby Sunset Strip, and makes for a high-class holiday rental destination, with luxury villas and elegant apartments to choose from.
Many people head to Beverly Hills for a glimpse of the rich and famous. There are many ways of going about this, and a great place to start is a guided bus tour of the city and stars’ homes. Another option is to book at table at a top eatery, such as the Spago Beverly Hills, and see who turns up during the course of the evening.
In the centre of the city, Rodeo Drive is a world-famous shopping district that is home to designer labels such as Gucci, Chanel, Prada and Hugo Boss. Even if you cannot quite afford the price tags that these labels carry, the area itself is a popular tourist attraction and a must-see for any visitor.
There are also a number of museums well worth visiting in Beverly Hills, including the J. Paul Getty Museum – which exhibits and interprets high-quality artwork, and the Museum of Television and Radio, which houses more than 100,000 programmes chosen for their cultural, historic and artistic significance.
As you may expect with a glamorous resort such as Beverly Hills, there is plenty on offer when it comes to nightlife. The mile and half stretch of wall-to-wall neon that is Sunset Strip runs from the western border of Beverley Hills, and has a huge range of bars and restaurants to choose from. Try the Sky Bar at the Mondrian Hotel for panoramic views of L.A., or the Viper Room for more celebrity-spotting.
Although Beverly Hills has plenty to offer, any visitor to the area should seriously consider exploring more of Los Angeles during their stay. The city is the largest in California, and home to some of the best entertainment, cultural and sporting attractions in the world, with far too many tourist attractions to list in such a short space here.
Los Angeles is famous for its almost year-round sunshine, and you can expect good weather whichever time of the year you visit Beverly Hills. The climate is dry and sub-tropical, with summer temperatures averaging around 24C, and plenty of warm sunny weather even during winter.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are just two of the UK operators that fly daily to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) – the nearest airport to Beverly Hills. From there it is just 15 miles to your holiday rental accommodation. Flights have come down in price over the last couple of years; meaning now is a great time to visit Beverly Hills.