London and Los Angeles - the best of both

Holidaying in London or LA? Here are the things you have to see and do.

Two huge cities with big reputations, London and Los Angeles are packed with places for excellent eats, delightful days out, and superb shopping. They're so good that it's almost impossible to pick between the two – so why not have both? Read on for a look at the best London and Los Angeles have to offer!

Best Food

London – Borough Market
Borough Market represents London cuisine in a nutshell, bringing together street food from all corners of the world! Whether you're in the mood for fresh pasta with fresher fillings from La Tua Pasta or a famous falafel and chicken wrap from the Arabica Bar and Kitchen, you'll find something here to satisfy your taste. It doesn't finish at street food – there are also a number of restaurants and cafes, bakeries, fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, butchers, and plenty more food and drink from around the world.

LA – Philippe The Original
LA's Phillippe the Original is a California institution. Established in 1908, they've been serving up their signature French Dipped Sandwiches since 1918 when owner Philippe Mathieu reportedly created the dish. It's simply your favourite meat, thinly sliced, stuffed in a crusty French roll and dipped in their authentic 'jus' – straight from the roasts themselves. Aside from their trademark sandwiches, Philippe also offer a huge breakfast menu with French toast, cereals, eggs and much more, as well as a range of soups, stews, and their rich and smoky chili.

Best Cultural Spot

London – British Museum
London is full of iconic cultural spots, and topping the list is the British Museum. Offering visitors a journey deep into the colourful history of civilisation, the museum houses collections from almost every corner of the world – including exhibitions and galleries of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and the history of Britain itself.

LA – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
LA County's Natural History Museum brings millions of years of nature back to life, letting you jump straight into America's rare and wonderful collection of natural history. The museum has a number of permanent exhibits ranging from the Age of Mammals to the new Dinosaur Hall – which houses the only Tyrannosaurus Rex growth series in the entire world!

Best Place for Entertainment

London – O2 Academy, Brixton
One of the world's most iconic venues for live music and comedy, Brixton's O2 Academy offers all visitors a memorable night of socialising and entertainment. Its sloping floors, domed ceiling, and stage – the largest fixed stage in Europe – offer fantastic views in a lively atmosphere no matter where you are and who you're seeing. With a resume including performances by Rihanna, Kings of Leon, and The Foo Fighters among many more, the O2 Academy promises a truly unforgettable experience.

LA – Hollywood Bowl
Voted Best Major Outdoor Venue for the 12th year running in 2015, LA's Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural outdoor amphitheatre in the States and an ideal location for live events during the summer. With a schedule full of classic productions like West Side Story and Rhapsody in Blue, as well as a museum dedicated to the venue's rich history and a varied selection of food and drink, the Hollywood Bowl makes for the perfect night of entertainment in LA.

Best Shopping

London – Oxford Street
The busiest shopping street in Europe, London's Oxford Street is home to over 500 stores and boutiques waiting to be explored – including flagship department stores like John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser. Nearby Regent Street also offers a choice of upmarket fashion, the Apple store and the world famous Hamleys Toy Store.

LA – The Grove and Farmer's Market
Mention shopping in LA and you'll be directed to The Grove and the adjacent Original Farmer's Market, combining two different but very enjoyable shopping experiences. At The Grove you'll find a sprawl of stores and shops like Michael Kors and Forever 21 as well as plenty of eateries, while the Farmer's Market offers a rainbow of cuisine with over 70 different stalls and cafes – many of which are unique to LA.

Best Day Out

London – WB Studio Tour
Dive straight into the magic of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour and explore the making of the Harry Potter movies, including sets like The Great Hall and Dumbledore's Office. See the special effects involved in bringing the books to life and take some of the magic home with you as you visit the Studio Shop – from replica wands and jewellery to school robes and scarves, it's a chance to recreate yourself in the style of Hogwarts.

LA – A Day in LA
A trip to LA isn't complete until you've seen all the city has to offer, and the best way to pack it all into one day is with A Day in LA Tours. Guided by a crew bursting with fun and experience, you'll be taken on a journey throughout the city, seeing renowned sights like the Sunset Strip, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Sign and Rodeo Drive.

From London to LA there is a huge variety of options for entertainment, and enough good food spots to keep you satisfied for months! Both cities have incredible cultural scenes and are must-visit places for any world traveller.