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USA: The Standard, Downtown LA, Los Angeles

This minimalist, ultra-mod boutique hotel is still as hip and happening as it was when it opened in Downtown LA nearly 15 years ago. Don’t miss an early morning dip in its rooftop pool, says Anisha Patel

On the road with… singer Julia Holter

The LA-based singer and songwriter on her life on tour, from memorable gigs in Warsaw to exploring India’s Varanasi

The new global fashion hotlist

From bespoke tailoring in Tokyo to the world’s most coveted T-shirt in San Francisco, Andy Morris investigates the people and places you need to know if you really want to stand out sartorially

Six of America’s presidential libraries (and what to see in them)

Barack Obama – who leaves office in January 2017 – will be the latest US leader to build a monument to his presidency and nobody has any doubt that the library in Chicago. But what can you expect to find in the other 13 that that are scattered across the country? Justin Webb outlines his top six – and the artefacts to track down

USA: Montage Resort and Spa, Laguna Beach, California

With beautifully landscaped grounds, a decadent spa and mesmerizing ocean views from almost every corner, this Southern California beach resort is the last word in laid-back luxury. Laury Smith checks in

Los Angeles: seven fantastically foodie hangouts

Andrew Bredon of LA-inspired, London eatery Bel-Air, shares his favourite Los Angeles haunts for happy, sunshiney food

I heart LA: a Los Angeles neighbourhood guide

Los Angeles is less of a city and more a collection of suburbs each trying to outshine the other. The eclectic mix of landscapes, culture and Hollywood memorabilia make the temptation to see everything immense – so knowing where the true gems are is key. Brit in LA, Emma Patterson, takes us on a tour

On the road with Nashville’s Charles Esten

The American actor, country singer and all round Renaissance man talks super fans and killing time on the road

Meet the man who helped James Corden break America

English producer Ben Winston has helped establish The Late Late Show as must-see TV on both sides of the Atlantic

Nine cities with amazing beaches

Why choose between relaxing on white sand by day and the buzz of a city at night? In these places you get the both worlds

Who’s laughing now? High Life meets Assscat

You may not have heard of Los Angeles’ most talked about improv show: but you probably know Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari and Tina Fey, just some of the former participants in Asssscat, a breeding ground for comedy talent. Andy Morris travels to LA to meet the founding members.

Jonathan Ross on the Oscars

The broadcaster and film critic's insight into the latest films. This month, The Academy Awards come under fire

60 second interview: George Clooney

From Kentucky to Darfur via Lake Como, George Clooney talks travel

Keith’s Connections: Los Angeles

This month, BA's executive chairman shares his thoughts on LA

James Corden: The late-night maverick

From playing the sidekick in Gavin & Stacey to hosting one of the most talked about shows in America, James Corden has succeeded against the odds. Andy Morris goes backstage in LA to meet High Wycombe’s most famous export

Eight cities to see in the New Year in style

Love it or hate it, you can’t escape the fact that New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. From San Jose to Sydney, the experts at BarChick pick the best destinations to ring in 2016

The hottest foodie destinations of 2015

With Danish dining in Asia and Michelin star-spotting in Europe, there were some exciting contenders for the best foodie destination of 2015. Here are five places that pushed boundaries to become celebrated dining hotspots

Homecomings: five authors revisit their home cities

In 1973, the world’s biggest city was Tokyo with a population of 20,450,000. Today, we have global megacities, home to over 35 million people. From LA to Sydney, five authors revisit the places where they grew up to see what’s changed — and what hasn’t...

On the run: a global guide to marathons

Travel the globe, catch the sights — and race a marathon. Long-distance tourists are seeing the world 26.2 miles at a time, and exploring the greatest cities and sites from a unique perspective in the space of three or four (or more) hours. Gershon Portnoi reports on the best and most iconic races on the circuit

50 states in 52 weeks: road tripping Utah’s ‘Mighty Five’ national parks

With wild and rugged canyons, dramatic red rocks and camera-ready sunsets, Utah is hard to beat for a scenic road trip. Bob Howells gears up for a tour of the state’s big five national parks

City hot spot: La Brea, Los Angeles

This small stretch between 1st and 2nd Streets in LA’s Mid-City is fast becoming a cultural hub, offering creative workspaces, stylish restaurants, cool boutiques and, of course, a stellar yoga studio. Being so small, the area is easily walkable — proving that people do indeed walk LA. Local writer Krista Simmons shares her tips

50 states in 52 weeks: a literary road trip through California

People flock to California for sunshine and star gazing, but the state’s coast-hugging cities also have a rich literary heritage that will keep book nerds busy from LA to San Francisco

Justin Rose’s hole in one hit list

The first English player to win the US Open in four decades, even 
for Justin Rose it’s not all about bunkers, birdies and bogeys; his favourite courses feature mountains, distant islands and greens reached only by helicopter. He exclusively reveals to Tim Hulse his top places to tee off

Six of Los Angeles’ most rock’n’roll hotels

It’s no secret that rock’n’roll’s most famous dalliances have taken place in LA. But it’s not (always) about TVs smashing out of the window and Champagne baths. Natalie James picks the hotels where you can get into the spirit of musical legends past and present

When The Beatles met Elvis in LA

On 27 August 1965, pop music’s waning King met its new revolutionaries. It was to be the only time that Elvis Presley ever encountered the Beatles. Rob Crossan meets Elvis’ widow Priscilla and close confidante Jerry Schilling to hear what really happened on that historic night in Los Angeles

10 things to do with kids in Southern California

With the third longest coastline in the USA, over 300 sunshine days a year and over 200 species of marine life, there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy once you’ve had your thrill at the theme parks. Anna Tobin picks ten of the best

Beyond the boundary: eight curious cricket grounds

It’s not always about gleaming whites and village greens. From Ethiopia to a frozen lake in Estonia, Matt Hutson rounds up eight unexpected venues that have hosted an innings

Five must-visit new museums and galleries in the USA

With rich histories, superb architecture and impressive art collections, get your cultural fix at these must-see new American museums

John Simpson: Letter from Los Angeles

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty

Insider’s guide: Los Angeles

Aaron Bruno, front man of electro-rock outfit Awolnation and Malibu resident, gives us his tips on how to see the City of Angels like a Los Angeleno

Los Angeles: The Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey

With sea views and a laid-back vibe, The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey is a tranquil base on the edge of LA’s bustle, says Bryony Coleman

Idris Elba on location

We track the British actor, producer, singer, rapper, and DJ on his film and television journey across the globe

Banks: my LA

The singer-songwriter sensation and LA local gives Britt Collins the inside track on where to shop, eat and see live music in Los Angeles

Seven of the best new LA restaurants

If you're headed to glamorous Los Angeles this month, make sure you book ahead for the hottest tables in town (unless they're too cool for reservations)

The best place in the world to...

...meet an alien, become a millionaire, get hitched, do nothing... Whatever it is, there's an ideal spot for it. But, finds Simon Usborne, you may be surprised where you end up

20 of the world's coolest shops

If Fashion Week wasn't enough to satisfy your couture cravings, Harriet Walker sources the best burgeoning boutiques and full-on empires

DIY breaks

Do it yourself on holiday with these satisfyingly productive weekend breaks

Where to go in Koreatown, LA

Los Angeles' Koreatown is bursting with character, good food and creative residents. Here's where to sip soju, eat BBQ and party into the early hours

Koreatown: the Seoul of LA

Bang in the centre of Los Angeles, it's not the prettiest of neighbourhoods and its gems are often hidden away. But if you know where to look, you'll find Koreatown has a scene like no other, says Sanjiv Bhattacharya

Inglewood: LA's new art hub

Best known as one of the grittiest parts of Los Angeles, Inglewood is fast becoming a hub of bold street artists and creative collectives

Car free in LA

It's one of the most car-dependent cities in the world. So what happens when you leave the motor at home? Sanjiv Bhattacharya finds out

My LA: tips from Los Angeles' celebrity fans

From Tom Ford's favourite bar to Moby's top museum, we share some insider tips on where to go in LA

My LA: actress Lara Pulver

Los Angeles is far more than just Hollywood glamour, smoothies and Botox, says actress Lara Pulver

LA rap: the new generation

After a ‘quiet patch' on the LA hip-hop scene, a new generation of young musicians have moved beyond the gangsta stereotype and created a new blueprint. Faris Mustafa meets them

LA rap: the new artists

After a post-90s lull, Los Angeles rap is back and and the city's new 'rap pack' has more freedom than ever. Faris Mustafa tells us who to listen out for

Six of the best restaurants for an LA power lunch

The best bars, restaurants and cafés for a classic power lunch in the home of Hollywood

The Los Angeles hot list: where to shop, eat and stay in LA

As part of our Los Angeles special, Britt Collins rounds up the best foodie hot spots, glamorous bars and ways to see LA today

Interview: Hollywood agent Fred Specktor

At 80, agent Fred Specktor is a Hollywood legend. The type of heavy hitter who has a booth set aside in LA's power restaurants, he's represented Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman. James Scott Linville is granted a rare audience

Hugh Laurie: why I love LA

Hugh Laurie fell hard for ‘eccentrically diverse' Los Angeles, from its hippyness to Hollywood's glitter. He reveals how the city inspired him in a whole new direction

12 of the best city news tweeters across the globe

A new group of Twitter users are chronicling the latest events from the world's most exciting cities — in 140 characters or less. Lucy Thackray follows some of the best

10 of the world's slowest cities

With a more laid back workforce and flexibility on what 'late' means (we're looking at you, Dubai), these cities move at a calmer pace

Fast and slow cities

Which cities are super speedy and which are more laid-back? Nick Curtis has the results of the High Life survey...

Why airport terminals can make the best memories

Falling in love, people watching and fond farewells — airports are story machines, says Anna Stothard

Santa Monica: Hotel Shangri La

Its seafront location and truly fabulous décor make Santa Monica's Shangri La a most stylish place for California dreaming, says Laury Smith

Notes from a traveller: Charlize Theron

The actor and producer talks of LA life and her South African roots

Five of the best hotel CDs

So many hotels have a soundtrack, but some are infinitely better than others. Mark Jones listens in on the best CDs in the genre

The TMZ showbiz tour of Hollywood

Known for breaking celebrity news, TMZ now offers a fame-filled tour of LA. By Will Hide and Fiona Sims

Portrait of a city: Los Angeles

Anna Stothard's LA

California dreams

Tim Lott overcomes his British stiff upper lip and lets his inner hippy out in California

Juliette Lewis' LA

Juliette Lewis shows us round her native city

Beverly Hills

Great restaurants, big names and lots of secrets - Beverly Hills is just like any other little village, says Jackie Collins