You probably already know the postcode. Now you can get to know the place. When you need a break from the action of L.A
, Beverly Hills is the place to shop, dine and relax like the stars (and perhaps alongside them). Head for the Hills with one of our Beverly Hills hotels.
Beverly Hills has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a Spanish lima bean farm. At the turn of the 20th century, Henry Huntington and Burton Green bought the land so they could drill for oil. When the Beverly Hills Hotel was built in 1912, celebs began to make the area their home, with Charlie Chaplin and John Barrymore among the first new residents. Today, this ritzy area just five miles south of Hollywood has about 35,000 people living among its palm trees and mansion-lined streets.
Things to do
One of Beverly’s biggest attractions is Greystone Mansion, a historic Tudor Revival mansion surrounded by landscaped gardens. You might remember it from such movies as Ghostbusters 2, X-Men, The Social Network and a whole bunch of others. If you love period homes and gardens, be sure to check out the Virginia Robinson Gardens too. TV buffs can visit the Paley Centre for Media and enjoy free TV (and radio) shows on private consoles.
Beverley Gardens Park is the perfect place to unwind, with two miles of lawns and gardens along with fountains, roses and a cactus garden.
Shopping and dining
Even if you don’t buy anything, Rodeo Drive is a must-see just for the experience. Located in the ‘Golden Triangle’ business district of Beverly Hills, it has fancy stores selling brands your favourite rapper would wear. To take the perfect tourist snapshot, stop at Two Rodeo, a cobblestoned shopping centre on the northeast corner of Rodeo and Wilshire.
Beverly Hills has restaurants that range from celebrity favourites, to fancy eateries where the chefs are the celebrities, to old favourites that have been part of the Beverly Hills scene for up to 90 years! If you’re after cheaper eats, there are still plenty of cafes, delis and even some cupcake shops.
If you’re planning to spend big in Beverly Hills, start by spending small on one of our cheap flights to Los Angeles
. Then get into the spirit of the place by taking a stretch limo ride with Charlie Sheen all the way to your Beverly Hills accommodation.
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