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The Most Brag-Worthy Spots In West Hollywood

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Sure, Los Angeles might be the perfect city for an extended stopover, but it can be a little tricky figuring out exactly where to spend your precious time. The city is huge, and almost every neighbourhood brings something unique to the table. Whether you're passing through LA or calling it the final destination, we'd like to suggest you make West Hollywood your temporary home. It's bursting with chic restaurants, bars, the best shopping, and is smack-bang in the centre of the city – meaning it's both easy to get around, and is the place you're most likely to spot a celebrity in the wild. And, really, isn't that what we all hope for on a trip to La La Land?

STAY: The London

Just steps from the bright lights of the Sunset Strip (where iconic hotspots like the Viper Room and Soho House attract anyone looking for a party), The London is a welcoming refuge from the action.

The unsuspecting driveway, nestled between oversized evergreen trees, leads to a luxuriously minimalist exterior. Only the presence of the eternally helpful staff by the entrance hints that this is not your average LA high-rise. As the name suggests, the 221-room hotel has British ties – most evident in the presence of two delightful bulldog puppies, Winston and Churchill, who can usually be found in the hotel's Hampton Court.

The hotel was designed by prestigious London interior design studio, David Collins Studio (they also designed Harrods Shoe Heaven, so you know they're on-point when it comes to the good life). The main attraction, though, is the rooftop space overlooking WeHo, Beverly Hills and beyond; encompassing a bar, restaurant and pool, the stylish cabanas make people watching – and photo opps – a whole lot of fun.

Visit: From $349 a night

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EAT: Norah

Norah is a bit of an enigma. It's got the bright, airy openness that pairs so well with the LA weather; but once stepping inside, you'll feel like you've just entered a wealthy celebrity home – if that celebrity had a penchant for industrial design, but still wanted everyone to know how cashed-up they were. Despite the confusing aesthetic, it actually does work. But the best part of the Norah experience is easily the menu—dubbed 'New American', you'll find cauliflower popcorn and corn bread alongside braised rabbit and cider glazed pork. You'll eat too much, drink a bunch of good wine and having an all-round wonderful time.

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DRINK: Estrella

This bohemian hideaway gained a cult following after it's opening two years ago, but broke the hearts of regulars when it was announced the hotspot would close for a total revamp earlier this year. In happy news, it's back and just as good as ever. Now, the kitchen is helmed by local master-chef, Mirko Paderno, and the menu changes daily. But if we're being honest, it's the cocktails that will have you becoming a repeat customer. Think inventive blends using unexpected ingredients like grappa and vermouth. Nab a spot on the patio and settle in for the night.

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