Flights to Los Angeles
LA steals the show for sun, surf, glitz and glamour
Fly London to Los Angeles to discover the very best of the City of Angels. Home to four million, this thriving metropolis represents the zenith of Californian cornucopia, Pacific paradise, and Hollywood glamour. This cinematic city stretches for mile upon mile; on a tour, you’re as likely to take in surfers riding the waves in Santa Monica as you are culture vultures roaming the Getty Center. Book flights to Los Angeles and you’ll discover a city of many personalities, from the colourful grit of Venice Beach to the party scene of West Hollywood to the hipsters of Silver Lake. At some point during your trip – perhaps when you’re enjoying a five-star sushi dinner or sipping on world-class Californian wine – it’ll hit you: life doesn’t get much better than in La La Land. Join us in this electric, eternally captivating city; we’ll show you where to go.
Los Angeles video guide
Check out our video guide to LA, from Walt Disney Concert Hall to Sunset Strip.
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Must do recommendations
The Hollywood sign
You can see it from far and wide, but the Hollywood Sign is best experienced up close.
Universal Studio Tour
Explore the famous backlots of the world’s biggest movie studio – and prepare for some action.
From vintage shops and indie boutiques in Highland park to sand and surf in Malibu, get creative and discover another side to LA.
Live music venues
LA is showbiz central, and you can expect performances and events every day, all over town.
Los Angeles is not without its green spaces – head to the hills for relaxation and killer views.
Learn to hang ten during your next trip to LA, thanks to the city’s surfing schools.
Food and drink
Los Angeles is home to one of the country’s most diverse, experimental, and destination-worthy dining scenes, and nowhere encapsulates that better than the city’s neighbourhood restaurants.
Did you know?
Given Los Angeles’s size, diversity, and colourful history, you can bet that this city has accumulated some fascinating stories over the years. From Disney trivia and Hollywood facts to the story behind one of LA’s most iconic dishes, read on for some surprising facts about Los Angeles that you probably never knew.
- Walt Disney arrived in Los Angeles in 1923 with $40 in his pocket. Today, Disneyland is the third most visited theme park in the world after Orlando’s Magic Kingdom (Disney World) and Tokyo Disneyland.
- When the budget for the 1963 film Cleopatra got out of hand, 20th Century Fox sold off close to 300 acres of its backlot to fund it. That area has since been transformed into the modern-day Century City.
- Founded by Spanish settlers in 1781, Los Angeles was originally called “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles sobre del Río Porciúncula”. It’s not hard to see why that name was eventually shortened.
- Two downtown Los Angeles restaurants claim to be the birthplace of the French dip sandwich: Cole’s and Philippe the Original. Many Angelenos have a favourite; we recommend sampling both and deciding for yourself.
- Adjacent to the city’s famous La Brea Tar Pits, an almost-complete woolly mammoth fossil was accidently discovered by construction crews in 2006. It was named “Zed.”
Given that the American film industry is headquartered in Hollywood, it’s hardly a surprise that Los Angeles is a movie lover’s dream town. Get your imagination stirring with these iconic Los Angeles-based films… and don’t forget about the literature and the music that this most colourful of cities has also inspired.
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Weather and local info
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Before you set off, take a look at our Los Angeles International Airport guide.
The flight time to Los Angeles from London Heathrow is approximately 11 hours and 15 minutes.
Visit our dedicated US visa page, where you'll find lots of useful information on the travel documents you'll need.
The currency in Los Angeles is the US Dollar (USD).
For information on bus and rail services in Los Angeles including schedules and pricing, visit metro.net. Taxi services are available in LA but will be more expensive than public transport.
The electricity supply is 120 volts in Los Angeles. Standard British plugs will need an adapter.