There is a second element of my guide, the travel part. The Secret List contains numerous ‘spots’ – places to eat, drink, dance etc. Here then are some photographs and comments from my last two trips to Los Angeles.


Los Angeles 2010 and 2011


I am a lover of street art and graffiti. This stencil is all over LA.




A good example of ‘Googie’ architecture, a style introduced by John Lautner, at Norms restaurant, 470 N La Cienega Boulevard. I wouldn’t recommend any more than a cup of coffee here, but lovely to look at.



Somewhere on the approach to Los Feliz.

Art deco style cinema, Los Feliz 3 Cinemas, 1822 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Feliz

LA boasts some great clothes retailers, here is a hat from Goorin Bros  ,7627 Melrose Avenue. The photo was taken at Little Dom’s, 2128 Hillhurst Avenue which does very good Italian bistro food. The portions are small but the food is very tasty and Little Don’s has an impressive bar.

Keeping on the clothes tip, this is the old BAPE store on Melrose Avenue, now unfortunately closed.


 Food and rest The best three restos in LA are: Spago (high end Italian/American) Osteria Mozza (high end Italian), and City Sip (wine/tapas) . And for burgers,  hot dogs and the rest it has to be Carneys on Sunset Boulevard. The place to see a kaleidoscope of the great and the good: grunge students, hipsters, hip hoppers, mid-West tourists etc.  Two good hotels at the opposite ends of the price spectrum: The London, West Hollywood which has a great rooftop pool/bar and excellent service. In Silverlake, the Comfort Inn is ten minutes walk from the main drag and twenty odd minutes from Los Feliz. The immediate area is nothing to shout home about and you need to be a little careful, but the hotel is around $100 for a double, has free fast wi-fi and complimentary breakfast