Girl's guide to Beverly Hills
If ever a city was ready for its close-up, it’s LA’s Beverly Hills, home to the fanciest shops, iciest martinis and, yes, the hotel from Pretty Woman. All the travelling ladies out there, we've got the lowdown on what might make your Beverly Hills experience more memorable for all the right reasons.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Pretty Woman, so if you 'want the fairytale', book the Presidential suite used in the film on the eighth floor of the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel. Smack bang in the middle of the 'golden triangle' haute shopping district, the Montage Beverly Hills has a colonial Spanish vibe, supremely comfortable rooms and a plush spa.
Spaghettini offers that rarest of treats: dinner and a ritzy jazz show, all in one place. Try the spaghetti and meatballs and a Tune Up cocktail (juniper gin and cucumber-basil agave), then sit tight for live music on the stage at the back of the restaurant.
Calling all retro interiors fans – the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel is ready to fulfil your wildest – and Hollywood star-gazing – dreams. Order the gargantuan Cobb salad and an iced tea, watch as the booths fill up with wrinkly producers and rail-thin actresses, and soak up the Golden Age atmosphere.
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A never-ending list of vodkas calls for a walk-in freezer and a (faux) fur coat. Nic’s provides both at its VodBox – and the best martinis in town if you’d prefer a warmer seat at the bar.
Want something to brag about? Order a Berries & Bubbles from the killer cocktail menu at surf and turf hangout Ocean Prime. A tart vodka cocktail, it comes out smoking, thanks to a whole heap of dry ice.
No trip to LA is complete without a detox juice, so head to Kreation, a Reese Witherspoon favourite, for the hangover cure Charcoalade.
A trolley ride around the hills is a must for snoopers keen for a glimpse of homes once owned by Doris Day, Gene Kelly and Mia Farrow. It also affords a view of the 30,000 trees – including palm, elm and cedar – kept in check by 700 gardeners.
Try a trampoline workout at Body by Simone – bounce around for an hour on your individual trampoline while you work up an appetite for those American-sized portions.
Rodeo Drive is the obvious shopping spot (affording yet another opportunity for a Pretty Woman scene re-enactment) but for something more quirky, try The Lady & The Sailor, a boutique with a mix of normcore American classics.
Make time for a Clueless-worthy makeover at Striiike, a one-stop beauty-shop-cum-salon run by three sisters whose clients include Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway. Blowdries, haircuts, brow and lash treatments are all up for grabs
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This article was written by Ellie Pithers from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
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