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How To Guarantee Seeing A Celebrity In LA

May 14, 2024

Some people have become obsessed by a celebrity and it can be very unhealthy. The news is full of stories of stars who’ve been stalked by overly-fanatical fans so I’m definitely not condoning that kind of stuff in How to Guarantee Seeing a Celebrity in LA! The first thing to know about famous people (and…

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Hollywood Dream Factory

Hollywood: LA’s Dream Factory

April 30, 2024

This is the story of how a small farming town outside a mid-range American city became the most famous neighborhood in the entire world. Probably 95% of the world’s population know that there’s a place called Hollywood and that it’s in Los Angeles. How did that happen? Why did that happen? Even if you don’t consider yourself…

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musso & frank grill

Musso & Frank Grill: Hollywood Institution

March 25, 2024

Musso & Frank Grill opened in September 1919, 105 years ago later this year. In a town that changes so much, and is really almost unrecognizable to when Musso’s first opened, this Hollywood institution has somehow managed to remain the same. The menu and cocktails are exactly how you would want them to be, timeless…

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Film Noir classic, The Blue Dahlia

Film Noir: A Dark Side Of The City Of Angels

March 3, 2024

There’s something very LA about Film Noir. In a similar way that the novels of Charles Dickens recreate the feel of Victorian London, Film Noir captures the aesthetic and atmosphere of 1940’s and 50’s Los Angeles. The different aspects of the city, from lovely sunny beaches to downtown concrete jungle, made a perfect setting for these dark stories, as the paranoid protagonist falls into a…

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the black dahlia

Crime Seen: The Black Dahlia

January 8, 2024

The Black Dahlia is one of the most famous unsolved murder cases in criminal history and a subject for numerous documentaries, books, TV episodes and movies. Law enforcement agencies, criminal experts, on-camera presenters and amateur sleuths have all attempted to solve the case, all without success. Rather like the Jack the Ripper murders in London…

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The Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip: LA’s Adult Playground

January 3, 2024

Victor Ponet, a Belgian businessman and diplomat, bought 240 acres of the old Rancho La Brea in 1890. His new estate consisted mostly of poinsettia fields and was a couple of miles west of a small village that was only just becoming known as Hollywood. Fourteen years later Ponet had a six-hundred foot long dirt…

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The Sunset Strip: True Crime & Ghost Tour

The Sunset Strip: True Crime & Ghost Tour

January 3, 2024

What do Lindsay Lohan, Bugsy Siegel and Charles Manson have in common? Sunset Boulevard. Find out if they have any other similarities on our true crime deep dive of the Strip. The Sunset Strip is one of the most famous streets in Los Angeles – and that’s saying something, bearing in mind that Hollywood Boulevard…

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Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign: Hiking & History

November 9, 2023

The Hollywood Sign is such an iconic structure that it never needs an introduction or description to first-time visitors who are guests. They know it well, having seen it untold times in movies, TV shows and news pieces. They’ve almost certainly seen a picture of it many times too. Interestingly if you next ask them…

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Broadway Los Angeles

Broadway Los Angeles: Historic Theater District

June 14, 2023

When we visit the Broadway Los Angeles Theater District on our tours, visitors from outside LA can get confused. We have a Broadway here too? Their confusion only increases when we tell them that it actually has the largest number of historic theaters in the U.S. It does perhaps seem incredible – but it’s true.…

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San Fernando Valley

San Fernando Valley: A Fascinating Place

March 18, 2023

The San Fernando Valley is, in many ways, underrated. Sure, it has some big attractions, such as Universal Studios, but it’s often derided as a suburban sprawl that’s generally way hotter than the rest of Los Angeles and much less interesting. It’s not seen as having either the cultural might of Hollywood, nor the theme park riches…

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