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Summer in Los Angeles welcomes new and exciting openings in dining, accommodation and attractions.
Michelin- starred Chef Joshua Skenes’ opens his first L.A. restaurant, Angler at the Beverly Center, while classic attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood and Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood are launching new experiences including the revamped Jurassic World ride. This summer, dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns with the largest number of participating restaurants to choose from, which includes newly-appointed Michelin winners.

Key Spring Dates In & Around L.A.
• July 12 – 26: 2019 Summer dineL.A. Restaurant Week
• September 2: Labour Day
• September 5: Professional football season begins


• Boutique-style hotel boom from Downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood with 11 new hotels set to open in the next two years.
• Chef-led dining programs that encompass the culinary experience at the accommodation, e.g. Chef Caroline Styne and Chef Suzanne Goin of the upcoming Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel


Soho Warehouse (Arts District, Downtown)
August 2019
Soho Warehouse will be the third L.A. outpost for the London-based chain, which is set to open on the south side of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles in August. Soho Warehouse will span more than 110,000 square feet, making it one of the biggest standalone Houses and the first with guest rooms on the West Coast. The property will include bedrooms, a gym, club spaces and a rooftop with a pool.

Silver Lake Pool and Inn (Silver Lake)
September 2019
In September, Silver Lake Pool and Inn will open at Sunset Junction just south of the lively intersection of Santa Monica and Sunset. The 54- room boutique property run by Palisociety Hotels is set to feature an elevated pool deck and Marco Polo, a coastal Italian-inspired outdoor restaurant and bar.

The Hoxton, LA (Fashion District, Downtown)
September 2019
Chic British brand Hoxton will debut The Hoxton, LA in a transformed 1925 building that was once the headquarters of the LA Railway Authority. Located in Downtown L.A.’s booming Fashion District at 11th and Broadway, the 10- story hotel will feature 174 guest rooms, three restaurants including one on the roof, multiple bars and a rooftop pool when it debuts in September 2019.

The Godfrey Hotel (Hollywood)
October 2019
The 60,000-square-foot Godfrey hotel will be a high-end boutique property fit for the lifestyle of the contemporary jet-setting professional. The project features amenities that will allow travellers to conduct business both locally and remotely, while enjoying the unique room and food experiences that the Godfrey brand is known for in Chicago and Boston. The property is slated to open with 220 rooms, a rooftop pool and a casual steakhouse called About Last Knife.

Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel (Fashion District, Downtown)
October 2019
Proper Hospitality, the new brand headed by former Viceroy Hotels Chief Brad Korzen, is slated to debut their first Los Angeles hotel in Downtown L.A.’s Fashion District located at the site of the former Case Hotel. The 13- story property, which was originally built in 1924, will have 148 stunning rooms. Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin, the legendary James Beard Award- winning L.A. restaurateurs known for a.o.c., Lucques, Tavern and The Larder, will oversee the hotel’s scenic first-floor restaurant, as well as the stunning rooftop lounge.

The Wayfarer DTLA (Historic Core, Downtown)
November 2019
The Wayfarer DTLA is a community-focused hotel coming to Downtown L.A.’s historic Broadway Corridor in the former Ritz Milner building. The property will feature 156 rooms, four food and beverage spots and a stairwell gym. Rockefeller Kempel Architects, who spearheaded the beautiful renovation of Hotel Figueroa, is leading this project as the second hotel under the Wayfarer name with the first located in Santa Barbara.

Fairmont Century Plaza (Century City) Summer 2020

AccorHotels’ Fairmont badge will take over the landmark Century Plaza hotel in Century City when the property reopens as Fairmont Century Plaza next year. The redeveloped 5-star property will boast 400 guestrooms and 63 luxury residences. Expected amenities include a swanky rooftop pool, a world-class 14,000-square-foot spa, and 24-hour fitness centre.

Grupo Habita Project (Arts District, Downtown) Summer 2020

The first L.A. project for Grupo Habita, a hotel group that develops some of the hippest hotels in Mexico, Chicago, and New York, will take over a 109-year-old brick warehouse in the Arts District transforming it with modern accommodation, a rooftop lounge, garden and pool. Construction on the property is ongoing with a projected opening date of summer 2020.

W Los Angeles Downtown (South Park, Downtown) 2020

The 250-room W Los Angeles Downtown will be located across the street from L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center and will be the W brand’s third location in Los Angeles. The hotel will feature a spa, outdoor pool deck and destination restaurants. It will boast approximately 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space perfect for the modern business traveller.

Thompson Hollywood (Hollywood) 2020

Two Roads Hospitality’s Thompson lifestyle brand, which previously operated The Hollywood Roosevelt, will return to the buzzing Hollywood neighbourhood with a new property on Wilcox Avenue between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. The 190-room hotel is being built by Dream Hollywood developer Relevant Group and will house meeting and events space, a fitness centre and a rooftop pool deck.

Tommie Hotel (Hollywood) 2020

With lush greenspace and an array of communal amenities, the Tommie Hotel is designed for young professionals, artists and entrepreneurs. The Tommie Hotel Los Angeles will sit at the intersection of Wilcox and Selma Avenues in Hollywood, adjacent to the existing Mama Shelter hotel. The 212-room hotel also comes from the Two Roads Hospitality brand and Relevant Group developers.

citizenM Los Angeles Downtown (Historic Core, Downtown) 2020

The Dutch hotel chain citizenM in partnership with BLVD Hospitality group will open an 11-story, 315-room property at the corner of Spring and 4th. citizenM Los Angeles Downtown will be an affordable yet luxurious property that is walking distance to Grand Central Market, Angels Flight Railway and the iconic Bradbury Building.

The Cambria Hotel Los Angeles – Spring Street (Historic Core, Downtown) 2020

Another exciting new property for Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core, The Cambria Hotel is set to occupy 13 stories in an adaptive reuse project of a 1927 building that once housed the Los Angeles Police Department Vice Squad. The 180-room hotel will target both leisure and business travellers and offer an array of hightech amenities. Guests can look forward to a state-of-the-art fitness centre, 8,000 square feet of unique meeting space and locally-sourced onsite dining.


Trends • New museums seek to immerse audiences through interactive and memorable experiences • Summer through fall sees a rise in exhibitions focused on providing thought provoking social commentary on world issues UPCOMING INSTITUTIONS
PetPOP (Arts District, Downtown) July 11, 2019 – August 11, 2019

PetPOP will be a limited time art installation, amusement park, and interactive playground created to give humans a glimpse at how dogs and cats experience the world. The pop-up’s goal is to raise awareness for shelter animals in need of forever homes. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to animal rescues like Wags and Walks and Paw Works who will hold animal adoptions on the property.

LA Plaza Cocina (Olvera Street, Downtown) Late 2019

LA Plaza Cocina will be the first museum and teaching kitchen dedicated to Mexican food when it opens in Downtown L.A.’s Olvera Street at LA Plaza Village. The multi-disciplinary venue will aim to celebrate and educate visitors on Mexico’s culinary heritage, from its indigenous roots to its contemporary interpretations through an array of exhibitions, cooking classes, lectures, workshops, and culinary festivals.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (Mid-City) 2020

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is bringing the world’s leading film sciences museum to L.A.’s Miracle Mile. This exciting project is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, and will encompass six stories of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theatres, educational areas and special event spaces. Inaugural exhibitions will include a retrospective of legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and Making of: The Wizard of Oz.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Exposition Park, Downtown)

TBA Los Angeles will welcome the 275,000-square-foot, $1-billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to Downtown L.A.’s Exposition Park. Works on display will come from George Lucas’ personal collection of art, which consists of approximately 10,000 paintings and illustrations along with Hollywood memorabilia from films such as “Star Wars” and “The Ten Commandments.”


Skirball Cultural Center (Westside) “Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich” Now Through September 1, 2019

A must-see, the Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center presents an in depth look at the ways in which the famed designer impacted fashion through his beliefs on gender identity, utilitarianism and body positivity. On view through September 1, 2019, Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich features more than 80 ensembles and is the first exhibition to focus on the social and cultural impact of Gernreich’s vision.

Hammer Museum (Westside) “Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel” Now Through September 1, 2019

The Hammer Museum presents the first American survey of the U.K.’s influential Sarah Lucas in Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel. Over her 30-year-career, Lucas has developed a provocative, humorous body of work that subverts society’s traditional notions on gender, sexuality and identity as it relates to the human body and power. More than 130 photographs, collages, sculptures and installations are displayed.

Marciano Art Foundation (Mid-City) “Donna Huanca: OBSIDIAN LADDER” Now Through December 1, 2019 OBSIDIAN LADDER at Marciano Art Foundation is the first large-scale solo exhibition in the United States by Bolivian American artist Donna Huanca. Huanca’s site-specific installation for the 13,000-square-foot Theater Gallery reveals a new topography of triggered senses by combining sound, scent and live performance. These elements are experienced together against a constellation of carved steel sculptures and her famed skin paintings.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (Mid-City) “The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness” July 27, 2019 – November 3, 2019 British-born Trinidadian artist Zak Ové’s sculptural installation, The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness, will encapsulate the complex history of racial objectification and the evolution of black subjectivity during its run at LACMA’s B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden. The installation’s 40 graphite figures stand tall and dignified to represent the strong resilience of the African diaspora.

Annenberg Space for Photography (Century City) “W|ALL: Defend, Divide, and the Divine “ September 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Annenberg Space for Photography will display 70 works covering the historical use and artistic treatment of walls over the centuries with W|ALL: Defend, Divide, and the Divine. Across diverse civilisations, walls have been central to human history, from Hadrian’s Wall to our current debate over the U.S./Mexico border. Co-curated by Katie Hollander and Jen Sudul Edwards, Ph.D., this complex and intriguing exhibit will explore the various aspects of walls—artistic, social, political, and historical—in six sections: Delineation, Defense, Deterrent, the Divine, Decoration, and the Invisible.



• Warner Bros. Studio Tour and Universal Studios Hollywood launch new family-friendly attractions for the summer Warner Bros.

Studio Tour Hollywood (Burbank) Big Bang Theory Sets Open now Guests of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood are transported via television magic to nearby Pasadena, California with three sets from the hit CBS show The Big Bang Theory. As part of the regular studio tour Apartment 4A, The Broken Elevator and Caltech Physics Department Cafeteria permanently join the experience. A trip to these sets is only complete after recreating the show’s famous Sheldon apartment door knock.

Universal Studios Hollywood (Universal City) Jurassic World – The Ride Summer 2019

This summer at Universal Studios Hollywood the all-new attraction Jurassic World – The Ride will debut. Stars of the Jurassic World films Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu, bringing their characters from the silver screen to this eagerly awaited reimagining of the Jurassic Park attraction. Guests will embark down a thrilling, 84-foot waterfall all set around an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in Jurassic World. It will feature additional new dinosaurs from the film, lush scenic design and ground-breaking technology that has yet to be experienced within a theme park.

Discover L.A. Exclusives (Citywide) Ongoing Discover L.A. Exclusives is a new Los Angeles Tourism program bringing a uniquely curated collection of only-in-L.A. experiences to visitors from various businesses across the city. Summer additions include four new Michelin-inspired culinary offers by Preux & Proper, Avital Food Tours, Six Taste and Cartwheel Art Tours



• Los Angeles celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride with the return of two unique festivals

Outfest Los Angeles (Citywide) July 18 – 28, 2019 Considered the preeminent LGBTQ film festival in the world and oldest film festival in L.A., 2019 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival returns from July 18 to July 28 for 11 days of world-class films, panels and parties. Each summer Outfest Los Angeles screens more than 150 feature and short films to an audience of more than 40,000 people at venues across the city like The Orpheum and Ford Theatres.

2019 DTLA Proud Festival (Pershing Square, Downtown) August 23 – 25, 2019

Now in its fourth year, DTLA Proud Festival returns to the heart of Downtown Los Angeles from August 23 – 25 in Pershing Square. A perfect itinerary addition to a late summer visit, the 3-day festival includes a diverse lineup of local stage talent, community booths, art installations, retail vendors, interactive exhibits, food trucks and a pop-up water park.

Level 8 Drive-In: Summer Movie Series at The Grove (Mid-City) Now Through September 25, 2018

The Grove, in partnership with Petersen Automotive Museum and luxury car dealership O’Gara Coach, pays homage to the beloved Gilmore Drive-In Movie Theater at Third and Fairfax that operated from 1948-1979 with the first-ever Level 8 Drive-In. Guests are immersed in nostalgia while surrounded by the modern-day luxury signature amenities of The Grove. Level 8 Drive-In features park-and-dine ordering, panoramic city views, and photo ops with iconic cars from the featured films. Movies scheduled include The Great Gatsby, Back to the Future and Iron Man.

2019 Summer dineL.A. Restaurant Week (Citywide) July 12 – 26, 2019

The dineL.A. Restaurant Week program is a biannual, 15-day dining event showcasing the city’s premier dining options at a value. The program offers diners specially-priced lunch and dinner menus from 430 restaurants, including 57 new additions this season. Lunch menus range from USD $15, $20, $25 to $35, with dinner menus priced at $29, $39, $49 and $59. For visitors who want to try tasting menus from some of L.A.’s most celebrated restaurants like Providence and Spago, prices start at $99 per person.

SPORTING EVENTS Dodgers Baseball Season (Elysian Park) Now through September 22, 2019

Visitors have a chance to experience the Los Angeles Dodgers at their home stadium through late summer. After two consecutive appearances in the World Series, the Major League Dodgers remain a hot ticket as they hope to hit a third championship run and their first title since 1988. Fans must be sure to grab a legendary Dodger Dog at the game.

Los Angeles Rams NFL Season (Exposition Park, Downtown) Los Angeles Chargers NFL Season (South Bay) September 8, 2019 – December 29, 2019

Two professional football teams, the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, will play in the 100th season of the National Football League (NFL) beginning this September. Fans can watch the Chargers’ home games at Dignity Health Sports Park and Rams’ home games at the Memorial Colosseum. For the 2019 season, The Rams made it to the Super Bowl Championship game and are hoping to make a second appearance this year.

NEW VENUES LA Stadium at Hollywood Park (South Bay) 2020

When the LA Stadium at Hollywood Park opens in 2020, it will house L.A.’s two NFL teams: the Los Angeles Chargers and the 2019 NFC Conference Champion Los Angeles Rams. The state of the art, open-air stadium will host Super Bowl LVI in 2022 and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Olympics, as well as major concerts and other entertainment yearround.

Los Angeles Convention Center (South Park, Downtown) February 2022

An estimated $1.25-billion project will transform the Convention Center and adjacent L.A. LIVE into a fully integrated 100-acre meetings and conventions destination with over 2 million square feet of total event space; 2,240 on-site hotel rooms; 20 restaurants; unique venues and more. The entire campus project is expected to be fully complete and operational by February 2022 for the Super Bowl Fan Fest.



• After a 10-year absence the Michelin guide returned to Los Angeles with 65 Bib Gourmands in Greater Los Angeles, six two-star distinctions and 18 one-star distinctions


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Financial District, Downtown) July 2019

After years of anticipation, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is scheduled to open this summer at The Bloc in Downtown L.A., a mixed-use dining, shopping and office complex. The theatre will include 12 dine-in screening rooms and a fullservice lobby bar. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s L.A. menu will also have vegan and gluten-free options.

Sqirl Away (East Hollywood) Fall 2019

Highly-acclaimed Chef Jessica Koslow will open the takeaway version of Sqirl, aptly named Sqirl Away, on Vermont Avenue in East Hollywood later this year following years of buzz. Sqirl Away is expected to serve the menu favourite fresh jams, breakfast toasts and lunch bowls.

Katsu Sando (Chinatown, Downtown) Fall 2019

Foodies can’t get enough of the Japanese sandwich trend in Los Angeles, and Chef Daniel Son’s Katsu Sando is at the top of fans’ lists. Katsu Sando currently serves their beloved sandos on Sundays at Smorgasburg LA located at ROW DTLA. Now, Chef Son has plans to open a brick and mortar location before the end of 2019 in the heart of Chinatown. The eatery will serve his sandos along with conbini, grab-and-go, style foods.

Death & Co. (Arts District, Downtown) Late 2019

Notable New York City-born cocktail bar Death & Co., considered one of America’s greatest, will come to the popular 3rd Street stretch of the Arts District later this year. The 3,000-square-foot bar and kitchen will have a menu like NYC’s East Village location as well as a secondary bar in the back of the venue reserved for private events.

The Barish (Hollywood) January 2020

James Beard Award winner and Michelin-starred Chef Nancy Silverton will open The Barish, a large-scale Italian steakhouse, at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt as part of a revamp of the hotel’s dining options ahead of awards season. The restaurant will specialise in meat focused dishes and baked pastas and will feature a wood-fired grill oven in the centre of the dining room.

San Pedro Public Market (San Pedro) Phase one by 2021

The Los Angeles waterfront will see dramatic improvements to its dining options as early as 2021. The new San Pedro Public Market will feature a 15-stall food hall, five restaurants next to the waterfront and an outdoor garden seating that is both pet and family-friendly. Once the second phase of construction is complete, the San Pedro Public Market will house retail shops, a 5,000-seat waterfront amphitheatre concert venue, playgrounds, recreation areas, waterfront taxis and cruises.

Damien/Ditriot (Arts District, Downtown) TBA Famed Mexico City Chef Enrique Olvera, considered the master of modern Mexican food, and Mexican-American Chef Daniela Soto-Innes, will open two highly-anticipated standalone projects in the Arts District. Damien will focus on botanicals and seafood in a 160-seat space. Ditriot will focus on casual dining serving mostly vegetarian tacos.


Nic’s On Beverly (Beverly Grove) June 2019

Nic’s on Beverly is a plant-based restaurant by Nic Adler and a collective of L.A. creatives including Executive Chef Ryan Ososky. The casual eatery serves a variety of cuisines in a vegan-friendly form. Thoughtfully handcrafted cocktails from the mind of Beverage Director Jason Eisner, known for the vegan-friendly cocktail menu at Gracias Madre and Block Party Highland Park, are a must-try.

Angler (Beverly Grove) June 2019

Angler is a seafood focused restaurant from Michelin-starred Chef Joshua Skenes and Saison Hospitality located in the heart of Los Angeles at the recently remodelled Beverly Center. This is the second location for Angler, which originated in San Francisco, and marks the acclaimed Bay Area chef’s first venture into L.A.

Tacos 1986 (Historic Core, Downtown) June 2019

The Tijuana-style Tacos 1986, which started as a Hollywood stand, opened their first brick and mortar in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles in late June. The extra cheesy tacos, created by Victor Delgado and Jorge “Joy” Alvarez -Tostado, are popular on social media and have gained positive acclaim from restaurant critics like the LA Times.

Antico (Larchmont Village) June 2019

Chef Chad Colby, formerly of Chi Spacca, opened his first solo venture along Beverly Boulevard in the newly-dubbed “East Larchmont Village.” Antico is a rustic Italian spot untethered to any region with an emphasis on wood-fired cuisine. The menu heavily features grilled meats, prepared vegetables and handmade pasta classics.

Thai Town Marketplace (East Hollywood) May 2019

Thai Town Marketplace is a community-based Southeast Asian food hall that aims to serve delicious dishes, provide small businesses with an opportunity to serve their food, train upstart businesses, create jobs for local, low-income individuals and encourage the use of a unified public space. The public market houses 12 indoor food stalls and six outdoor retail kiosks.

Gran Blanco (Venice) May 2019

Gran Blanco, developed by the Aussie owners of nearby Great White, is a casual Mediterranean restaurant and bar in the heart of Venice located next the famed Venice Sign and boardwalk. The menu is composed of seasonal shared plates highlighting fresh California produce. The full-bar and cocktail menu extends into the late evening when a curated vinyl soundtrack hand-picked from the owner’s own personal record collection begins to play.



• Art Program at LAX aims to enhance the airport experience for global travellers with pop-up performances and new art installations


New Art Murals (Terminals 7 and 8) On Display Now Two new murals are now on display at LAX thanks to a partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. In Terminal 7, Tofer Chin’s new mural, “Intentions,” greets departing airport guests at the United Airlines ticketing lobby using form, colour and scale. Displayed in the corridor connecting Terminals 7 and 8, Renée Fox’s 200-foot-long intricate mural, titled “Songs of Freedom: Renée Fox + WriteGirl,” pairs delicate graphite drawings of different species of local and regional birds with poetry by young writers mentored by the nonprofit organisation, WriteGirl.

Digital Food Orders Ongoing LAX guests can now save time by pre-ordering food and shopping online for select locations. The enhancements to the shopping and dining experience at LAX include the launch of a digital product catalog and digital food ordering services, powered by Grab. Guests can pre-order food on their mobile device, Facebook messenger app or desktop/laptop computer by accessing and following the link to “Dining, Shopping and More” and choosing one of the participating terminals, or by going directly to

LAX Presents Performance Series Now through December 10, 2019

Now in its third year, LAX Presents brings 38 performances in eclectic styles such as vintage West Coast rock, jazz piano and classical ensembles. The 2019 season more than doubles the number of performances from 2018 and now features 14 diverse acts, compared to the nine in 2018.

PUP Program Ongoing Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) is a therapy dog program at LAX providing stress relief and comfort to passengers through warm and furry interactions with pets. Certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, therapy dogs and handlers roam the departures levels in the gate areas of each terminal, visiting travellers awaiting flights to provide comfort, as well as vital airport information.

LAX Modernisation Program Through 2023 In operation since 1928, LAX is amid a multibillion-dollar modernisation program, the largest public works project in Los Angeles history. It includes a new, 12-gate Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) which will serve as an addition to Tom Bradley International Terminal, set to open in 2020, and the Landside Access Modernisation Program (LAMP), which includes a 2.25mile Automated People Mover (APM) that will connect three on-airport stations to Metro Rail and transit services, set to open by 2023.

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