Los Angeles Travel Guide
Back in May, there was much fanfare about the new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX’s Terminal 2. Special enough to mark 25 years of service between Heathrow and Los Angeles! Panoramic views! British art! Worthy of the new LAX, not the one all sane people despise! But finally, this month, we got a chance to look inside. Was it worthy of the Clubhouse (ie synonym for “insanely good”) name? Or was it a snazzier version of the basic little lounge in Vegas that both Virgin and BA, to their shame, use?
Fear not - it is a worthy addition to the Clubhouse fold.
It’s the light that hits you first - there are floor-to-ceiling windows along two sides of the Clubhouse (we didn't see the Hollywood sign, as Virgin promised in the bumph, but that may well have been because the sun had nearly set and we were staring at the planes right in front of us).
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Nearly two years ago, this editor was waiting to be picked up by a family member after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. I was standing near the curb at Terminal 1, which like most areas of LAX was a madhouse.
Some passengers (we suspected International fliers from nearby Terminal 2) had their luggage stacked up impossibly high on those SmartCarts, and were blindly pushing them through a crowded sidewalk filled with other passengers — mainly those from Southwest, who were simultaneously rolling their luggage while looking for rides from family, friends or the taxi line.
Suddenly, I noticed a small silver Prius pull-up. A young-ish man hopped out of the driver's side, went to the curb where another young-ish man was standing, and grabbed his luggage. The second young man then took a seat in the back while the driver was putting his luggage in the backseat.
But before the driver could return to the wheel, he was busted by LA Airport Police. The driver was an Uber driver; the young man was his passenger who had called up the ride via the Uber app, which was apparently illegal. Here's my tweet from that incident:
Just saw LAX cops busting an Uber driver and his passenger at Southwest pick-up terminal. #nowyouknow— juliana6 (@juliana6) December 31, 2013
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Officially opening today, Delta One will allow celebrities to check-in for their flight at LAX as well as land at LAX without being seen, or snapped by the paparazzi. Celebs can roll up to Delta One premium check-in entrance, where a personal attendant will check them in from the comfort of a private lounge before they are escorted down a private corridor to security.
Delta One guests landing at LAX will get a Porsche service right off the tarmac which will drive them and their luggage to an undisclosed location on Century Boulevard, away from prying eyes. As one paparrazo told The Hollywood Reporter, "If they're going off the tarmac, there's no way around it."
Fortunately, you don't have to have a lengthy resume on IMDB to get this Delta One service. It's available with first class tickets, starting at an additional $350. Just note, this service may keep you out of sight from the paparazzi but it doesn't drive you to your final destination. You'll still need to coordinate that with your chauffeur.
Much of LAX is under construction, including the runways and (most noticeably) its terminals as the airport continues to modernize and update its offerings. But while the jackhammering and plywood will remain for a few more years, new things are already starting to be revealed.
Yesterday, American Airlines announced its new nonstop service to Sydney. The flights will begin on December 17 in a OneWorld partnership with Qantas, flying the flagship Boeing 777-300ER (pending regulatory approvals). Here's a bit more about what will be on board:
American’s new service between LAX and SYD will be operated by the state-of-the-art, three-class Boeing 777-300ER with best-in-class premium customer offerings. The aircraft’s products and services feature all-aisle access, fully lie-flat seats and a walk-up bar in the premium cabins; Main Cabin Extra seating provides more legroom; and all seats feature personal, in-seat entertainment screens with up to 250 movies, over 180 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections, international Wi-Fi capability, and universal AC power outlets and USB ports.
James Corden is just two weeks into his run as the host of The Late Late Show and he's already created a string of viral skits and sketches. Whether James is acting out all of Tom Hanks' movies (with Hanks, of course), being pranked by Katie Couric or hosting his show from a stranger's home, the audience seems to be love everything he does.
As his popularity grows, so does the interest in tickets to his show. Tickets for The Late Late Show with James Corden, which is taped in Los Angeles, are free, and easy to order online.
Pac-Man seems to be having a resurgence, at least in Los Angeles.
Last week, a new piece of street art appeared in L.A.'s Art District featuring Pac-Man eating pac-dots as "Pinky", the pink ghost, chases him down the street to a sign that reads “GAME OVER.” Though it's unclear who created the new piece, there is some speculation it could be a commercial tie-in for the new Adam Sandler movie Pixels, which is not only about 80s video games, but also released a new trailer last week.
This may be where you'll see Paris Hilton hanging out at LAX before she heads out to Dubai.
Open to Emirates' First and Business class passengers as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members, the lounge has an array of luxury amenities and services that you'd expect from Emirates. Below are some shots of the lounge, but keep reading to find out what's inside:
Traveling to or through Southern California is often a bittersweet experience. On the one hand everything is fine and dandy—‘cause California—but on the other is the airport known as LAX.
Airport officials are hard at work looking to fix things up, but just note that it’s going to get worse before it gets better as runway renovation has now begun.
The construction crews are now on-site, and they’re going to be there for quite some time. Right now it looks like three years is the timeline, as work is completed to upgrade and improve the runway safety areas. That’s a good thing, as these things act as a bit of a buffer zone in case of a landing or takeoff issue. Travelers can expect rolling closures of runways and what not, so that means be prepared for delays and delays.
So this was kind of weird, even for Los Angeles.
The accident happened just a few blocks away from the Santa Monica Airport, a municipal airport where mostly private planes takeoff and land. Apparently, Ford knew he needed to make a crash landing but wouldn't reach the airport in time, so he headed for the open space of the golf course. Reports say he hurt his head bad, but is otherwise ok.
What's not ok is the future of the airport, since residents have been asking the city to close it because of noise, pollution and yes, scary accidents like these.
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The previously disregarded area of LA is experiencing a major development boom. The building of apartment buildings and hotels has been going on for about a decade now, so it’s not a brand-new boom but Downtown has really been upping its game in terms of restaurants and bars.
Here are 4 Places to Eat Right Now in Downtown LA. And yes, these are totally worth the traffic on the 10. (But may we suggest going at lunch when possible.)
This is one of the hottest, and hardest, reservations to get in LA right now. One of our friends was told it was a three-month wait but then was able to get in on a day’s notice thanks to the Reserve app. So what makes this place so hot? It could be the allure of restaurant’s “gritty” location in a former industrial warehouse on E. 7th Street (which is pretty east in DTLA.) The valet stand (oh yes, they still these here) is in a back alley. But we think it has to do with the mouth-watering food and the bumpin' vibe. The menu is mostly Italian and almost all meat. Meat of all kinds. But the best dishes are the ones that combine the excellent pasta with the tender meat, like the roasted bone marrow filled with a spinach gnocchetti. As for the ambience, when we walked in, Biggie Smalls was playing. Throughout the meal, the music continued to be the early 90s rap and hip hop that we grew up on. Pasta, meat, and rap? Dream come true.
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From the winners and losers to the best and worst dressed—there’s a lot to discuss this morning regarding the Academy Awards. For those who truly love the Oscars it’s sad that it’s only a one-night affair, but there is hope. Officials behind the award are hard at work to provide a year-round place to pay tribute to those little gold statues, and the movies and people that won them.
While you won’t be able to cure your Oscar hangover with a visit this week, there are plans in the works to create and construct something known as The Academy Museum. Think cutting edge galleries, plenty of exhibition spaces, ample movie theaters, and a few spots to hold special events. As they put it, “it will be the world's premier museum devoted to exploring and curating the history and future of the moving image.”
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Lots of people love to talk about what's on their Travel Bucket List but today, Jaunted's Charyn Pfeuffer tells us what it was like to actually fulfill a Travel Bucket List for a close friend, proving that you don't have to go somewhere far far away to have the trip of a lifetime.
As much as I love making to-do lists, I’m not a big fan of bucket lists. I believe in making things happen ASAP instead of stockpiling a bunch of dreams to accomplish over the course of a lifetime. I’m a gotta have it now kind of gal; patience is not my strong suit.
But when dear friend of mine, Mary, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, a small group of friends and I decided to take her on a trip of a lifetime. Her trip of a lifetime. We listened to what Mary wanted to do, took her health into consideration, and planned a getaway fit for a princess. (Mary loves all things pink and sparkly.)
Her destination of choice? Mary wanted to go to Los Angeles and attend a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since these tickets are tough to get, we booked this part of the trip first. Once we did that, we bought her First Class nonstop tickets on Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Burbank.