Finally, one of the X Factor judges has actually paid attention to the title of the Judges’ Houses round. Sharon Osbourne has, quite literally, invited the top six acts from the Overs category into her LA home, along with her celebrity guest Robbie Williams.
The lucky so-and-sos!
But just because you can’t crash the Osbourne residence, doesn’t mean you can’t do LA the X Factor way – or on a slightly tighter budget…
Big spenders should head to the Beverly Hills Hotel where Sharon herself has just enjoyed a stay with her daughter Kelly.
Don’t tuck yourself away – LA is the place to see and be seen – so for the perfect lunch sample the famous Ivy on Robertson Boulevard, known for its celebrity sightings and paparazzi.
Yes, cash at the ready!
For supper, dine out in style at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon restaurant, where its iconic dish is Oysters and Pearls (a ‘sabayon’ of pearl tapioca with Island Creek oysters and California sturgeon caviar). After all, if you can’t identify half the ingredients on the menu, it’s definitely A-list worthy.
Plus, no trip to LA is complete without a bit of glamorous shopping. Head to Santa Monica Place for a touch of retail therapy – picking up the ‘essentials’ from Tiffany & Co and the like.
On a budget
Opt for a funky boutique hotel, like the Figueroa Hotel or The Orlando, at around $150 per night. Or you could even rent a room at The Venice Beach Hostel, popular among young backpackers, for the peachy price of around £22.
Give the pricey restaurants a miss and instead sample fab food without spending a fortune by heading to the Farmers Market on 3rd, a real mix of food stalls, sit-down eateries and fresh produce. We’d go for Bryan’s pit BBQ, Spanish paella at Little Spain or Loteria! Grill, for a mix of meat and fish cooked to order.
There’s plenty to see on Muscle Beach (join in for a run if you can spare some time from sunbathing). A walk along the Santa Monica Pier offers lots of cheap souveniers and sweeping views of the beach.
Or why not take in the sights on a walking tour of Hollywood Hills. Start at the Griffith Observatory (the exhibitions and displays in this painstakingly renovated Griffith Park landmark are all free, as is an introductory video about the building and its contents) and head up for amazing views of the city and valleys.
Find out more at www.discoverla.com