Better Homes and Gardens
Built in 1927 by oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny, the majestic Greystone Mansion is surrounded by seven hectares of lush, city-owned parkland. While the former Doheny Estate has a fascinating history that includes murder and mystery, it’s also celebrated as the largest home in the city. Greystone has had feature roles in dozens of famous movies including The Big Lebowski, There Will Be Blood, Ghostbusters, Austin Powers: Goldmember and Spiderman.
Virginia Robinson was known as the ‘First Lady of Beverly Hills’ and was legendary for her card games and popular parties, which were frequented by celebrities like Fred Astaire and Maurice Chevalier. She also loved the tropics and transformed her two hectares of land into a miniature tropical paradise complete with exotic and rare plants, pools and fountains, now called the Virginia Robinson Gardens.
The Sweet Spot
Lines wrap around the block for cupcakes and ice cream from Sprinkles, decadent treats beckon from the counter at Beverly Hills Brownie Company and samples are plentiful inside Vosges Haut-Chocolat, including their popular Mo's Bar (milk chocolate filled with hickory smoked bacon and sprinkled with salt).
Open for tours, Edelweiss Chocolates was Lucille Ball's favourite while Sugarfina is a popular lolly shop for adults, offering candies personally curated from all over the world. The shop updates their offerings regularly and has a candy concierge that can help personalise selections.
Meanwhile, The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills stocks more than 500 varieties of the best cheeses from all over the world. While the store is known for its extensive cheese offerings, it also features wine and fine foods, including truffles, caviar, olive oils and charcuterie. The store also offers monthly cheese and wine pairing classes.
sprinkles.com; beverlyhillsbrownie.com; vosgeschocolate.com; edelweisschocolates.com; sugarfina.com; cheesestorebh.com
Hotspots for the Hip
Beverly Hills offers plenty of nightlife options including exclusive luxury bars and hip, trendy lounges.
Featuring dark wood panels made of California birch and deep leather chairs that circle a wide fireplace, The Club Bar at the Peninsula Beverly Hills is reminiscent of classic gentlemen’s lounges from the early 1900’s. This elegant bar oozes luxury, attracting high rollers and power players from across the globe and serving only the finest whiskies, scotches, tequilas and cognacs, as well as an extensive selection of wines, including the hotel's private-label Keller, The Peninsula Sonoma Pinot Noir.
While Nic’s Beverly Hills booms with live music on a regular basis, the real draw of the restaurant and lounge is their one-of-a-kind VODBOX experience – where small groups don animal print faux fur jackets before being escorted into the VODBOX's signature 28°F walk-in, drink-in exhibitionist freezer to sample premier vodkas from all over the world.
Also well worth checking out are £10 at Montage Beverly Hills, Above Sixty Beverly Hills at SIXTY Beverly Hills and Trader Vic’s Lounge at The Beverly Hilton.
Park it Here
Beverly Hills is home to almost as many trees (33,000 species) as residents and has an impressive 14 parks. Will Rogers Memorial Park has a central fountain filled with Koi fish and features sweeping lawns and countless palm trees that make it perfect for a romantic picnic.
More active visitors can enjoy three different walking and hiking trails in FranklinCanyon Park, which traces its beginnings to 1914. Claudette Colbert's famous hitchhiking scene from It Happened One Night was filmed in 1935 and is still being used for filming and photo shoots today.
Join the Culture Club
Currently in its second season, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts opened in 2013 and offers a wide range of theatre, music and dance performances. The center is comprised of two distinct buildings: the historic 1933 Italianate-style Beverly Hills Post Office and the new, contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Goldsmith Theater.
The Paley Center for Media is the foremost public archive of television and radio programming, with an international collection of nearly 150,000 programmes spanning almost 100 years. Throughout the year, the Paley Center celebrates television and radio programming with a wide range of events that examine the creative process behind great entertainment and the various platforms that have shaped it over time.
Originally named the Fox Wilshire, the Saban Theatre was renovated and converted into a stage venue in 1981. It is open for theatrical rentals, concerts, television shoots and parties.
thewallis.org; paleycenter.org; sabantheatre.org
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