Make Your Own Magic With A Visit To La La Land

Ahead of the OSCARS which are taking place THIS WEEKEND we’re dreaming of a trip to the CITY OF ANGELS …

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Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land

Not only has La La Land reportedly resulted in a 44 per cent rise in the sale of yellow dresses (we counted eight during the film), it has also sparked renewed interest in the City of Angels.

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (we hope he’s polishing his Oscar acceptance speech), the film features more than 40 locations across Los Angeles. “La La Land is absolutely a love letter to the city,” says Marc Platt, the film’s producer. “The way the film mixes two people leading very hip, modern lives with all these iconic Hollywood locales is unique. You get a feeling both of the romantic fantasy of the city and its grounding in real lives.”

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Three of the sights include Colorado Street Bridge in the opening sequence. It was proclaimed the highest concrete bridge in the world upon completion in 1913. With its arches rising 150 feet into the sky, this historic bridge has impressed travelers and locals from the day it opened.

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Griffith Park provides a dazzling backdrop to Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian’s (Ryan Gosling) budding romance, and is a huge urban park spanning 4,310 acres, a favourite for hiking, horseback riding or biking.

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Meanwhile, the Lighthouse Café at Hermosa Beach has been a legendary jazz showcase since 1949. In La La Land, the iconic music club, once host to Miles Davis and Chet Baker, is a hot date spot for the main characters and plays a pivotal role in Sebastian’s career path.

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If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles may we recommend the Palihouse in West Hollywood (or WeHo as the natives say). It’s described as a “boutique urban lodge” and has a distinctly bohemian vibe without skimping on creative comforts. (8465 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, www.palihouse.com)

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Palihouse, West Hollywood

The hotel is in a prime location with Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills within a short drive from the hotel, as is Sunset Boulevard. Do have a look at Book Soup (8818 Sunset Boulevard) when you’re on the famous strip or try the wondrous Ole Henriksen Spa (8622 Sunset Boulevard). As a one-stop shopping and star-spotting venue, The Grove gets our seal of approval. (189 The Grove Drive)

To plan a “La La Land” getaway, visit www.DiscoverLosAngeles.com

PENNY McCORMICK

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