Winter in LA
Granted, you’ll never really feel a chill in La La Land (unless you’re clutching a matcha slushy, perhaps), but even in the land of eternal sunshine, there are plenty of ways to channel winter – trom outdoor hiking adventures to ice-skating, not to mention fireside hot toddies. Don’t forget to book one of the Peninsula Beverly Hills’ seasonal specials – you could nab a free room upgrade and late check-out, for starters...
Start with LA’s outdoor-adventurer lures. Griffith Park is a vast, mostly untamed urban park, which is home to a holiday’s worth of hiking trails. The green lung also boasts an astro-nuts’ planetarium, city-wide vistas from the Observatory, and the Wolfgang Puck-catered The Cafe at the End of the Universe. (Alternatively, have a post-hike pit-stop at The Trails, located at the bottom of the park). For more glute-busting thrills, hit Runyon Canyon, where your eyes will be equally worked out by the stream of off-duty A-listers.
Prefer being horizontal to vertical? Take your pick from LA’s bounty of beaches, which include El Matador State Beach for prime sunrise and sunset scenes; surfer-favourite El Porto Beach, which has volleyball courts and a bike path; and Leo Carrillo State Beach, which offers sun, seclusion and scenery. (Pups on a leash are welcome, too.)
For a more traditional wintry activity, try ice-skating. Relaxed Santa Monica boasts a full-service 8,000-square-foot outdoor rink; you can also cut icy shapes as you whirl around the
Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square, which is overlooked by skyscrapers and the city’s architectural Titans.
You’ll be thirsty after all that activity, so beeline to hip-deck E.P. & L.P. and enjoy drinks by the fire pits. There’s tasty Thailand-meets Fiji fusion fare downstairs at rowdy eating house E.P.; upstairs, showstopper L.P. offers a panor-glam-a view over the Hills, moreish cocktails and trad Southeast-Asian street food. This might just be LA's best rooftop location.
Alternatively, settle into a cosy corner at wine-nook Bar Covell: the sommelier’s (and hipster) grape oasis of choice, with a choice of wine on tap. It’s dark, mysterious and as snug as a bug.
Griffith Park / 4730 Crystal Springs Dr / +1 323 913 4688 / 5am-10.30pm daily / laparks.org
Runyon Canyon / 2000 N Fuller Ave / Hollywood Hills / +1 323 666 5046 / daily / runyoncanyonhike.com
El Matador State Beach / 32200 Pacific Coast Hwy / Malibu
El Porto Beach / 45th St and The Strand / Manhattan Beach
Leo Carrillo State Beach / 35000 W Pacific Coast Hwy / Malibu / parks.ca.gov
Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square / 16 Nov, 2017 - 15 Jan, 2018 / Pershing Square / 532 South Olive St / Downtown / see website for opening hours / holidayicerinkdowntownla.com
EP & LP / 603 N La Cienega Blvd / West Hollywood / +1 310 855 9955 / 5pm-2am Mon-Fri, from noon Sat, from 11am Sun / eplosangeles.com
Bar Covell / 4628 Hollywood Blvd / Los Feliz / +1 323 660 4400 / 5pm-late daily / barcovell.com