It’s no secret that the world’s most famous folks congregate in the sunny surrounds of Beverly Hills. Actors, musicians, filmmakers, sports stars and disgustingly rich people in general just can’t keep away from Los Angeles’ most prestigious postcode. Maybe it’s because they like the company of other celebrities, or maybe they just like the climate. Whatever the reason, they’re all up there, lurking along Mulholland Drive and Sunset Boulevard, ready and willing to meet with their adoring fans.
Well, not really. They’re quite a secretive bunch as it happens, and rightfully so; being hounded by paparazzi and rabid fans don’t exactly sound enticing, even if it comes with a side of stunning houses and flashy cars. However, there are ways to try to spot your favorite celebrity in a way that respects their privacy, while keeping you out of jail for harassment.
Los Angeles is the perfect bucket list trip for those wanting a taste of the golden West Coast; just check out BUCKiTDREAM to get suitably inspired by those who’ve gone before, then keep that BUCKiTDREAM planner handy as we take you through the best ways to rub shoulders with the stars (and we don’t just mean lying down on the Walk of Fame either)!
Cruise Around in Style with Starline Tours Located smack bang in the heart of Hollywood, Starline Tours is one the biggest tour companies in the city, and have been doing what they do for a very long time. There are a number of different tour options, which cumulatively cover over 100 miles of Los Angeles, but undoubtedly they’re most popular (and the tour that started it all back in 1935), is the Movie Stars’ Homes Tour.
While it might sound a bit tacky, the tours are respectful of the celebrities they feature, while providing their guests with a comprehensive and informative journey through Beverly and Hollywood Hills. You’ll catch a glimpse of everything from the Playboy Mansion to Michael Jackson’s former home, and you never know who you might spot out and about as the tour progresses. Starline also features tours of the nearby Warner Bros. movie studio, which provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into how the big studios create their pictures.
Address: 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Ramble Through Rodeo Drive While the price tags might be a little out of range for the average BUCKiTDREAMER, a stroll down Beverly Hills’ most famous street can often reward at any given moment with a celebrity sighting. Rodeo Drive has been a celebrity hotspot for decades and features a number of high-end boutiques crammed with the latest fashions and accessories. It can be a lot of fun to window-shop your way down the attractive street, but make sure to keep your eyes open as you do; practically everyone who’s anyone in Beverly Hills has shopped on Rodeo Drive.
Hit the Holy Trinity of Nightspots Located along the infamous Sunset Boulevard are a trio of venues which each pack some serious celebrity history. The Roxy, the Viper Room and Whiskey A Go Go all have their various claims to fame, and between them have hosted most of Hollywood at some point or another. They’re also the place to spot LA’s up-and-coming musicians. Many a world class act have cut their teeth along the Strip, and on occasion these stars revisit their old haunts to check out the new kids on the block, or even perform an impromptu show or two.
Book a Table at The Ivy Or at least hang around outside it. You’ve probably heard of notorious celebrity nest The Ivy, an upmarket and delicious eatery that’s located on North Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood; it’s where the paparazzi snap most of their shots as the stars wait for their vehicles in the valet area. The cuisine is Californian Americana with a few unique twists, and the place is renowned for its scrumptious desserts from co-owner and former patisserie chef Richard Irving. If you manage to grab a table, you’re almost guaranteed to spot a celebrity or two; and who knows, they might even ask you to pass the salt.
Address: 113 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Hang Out on the Hollywood Walk of Fame There’s no better way to feel close to Hollywood royalty than taking a wander down the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Its world famous terrazzo stars and celebrity hand prints are an iconic symbol of modern pop culture, and to walk among them is breathtaking. Along the Walk, you’ll also find the TCL Chinese Theater, which has hosted a handful of Academy Awards ceremonies and prestigious premieres. If you manage to catch one of these events while you’re there, you can be assured of some serious bragging rights; the Walk will be teeming with living, breathing celebrities,c along with ghosts of stars past.
Celebrity-sighting is a great way to spend some time in the beautiful city of LA, but it’s far from the only thing California’s capital has going for it. Whether you’re spending some serious time there, or just passing through as part of a California road trip, make sure to check out the very best Los Angeles has to offer, and start ticking off that bucket list one experience at a time! Then, if you decide to stay in the Sunny State, how about trying some California Dreaming in Sunny San Francisco or discover Where to Get the Best Wine in Sonoma California.