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Big stars, flash cars and posh spas in Beverly Hills

Late night shopping takes a glamourous twist on Rodeo Drive.
Late night shopping takes a glamourous twist on Rodeo Drive. Lovebeverlyhills.com

AFTER a few days in laid back Santa Monica, we're looking forward to some glitz and glamour... and some serious celeb spotting.

So Beverly Hills, here we come.

You can feel the energy of Beverly Hills as you enter the glamorous neighbourhood.

Everything seems fancier, more expensive, and classier.

We were lucky enough to be guests at Thompson Beverly Hills.

We've been drooling over photos of Thompson Beverly Hills for months, and the real thing doesn't disappoint.

This is hip Californian luxury at its best. Many a photo shoot has taken place here, and the rooftop bar offers some of the best views of LA in the city.

Built in 1928, The Beverly Wilshire is the ultimate place for celeb spotting.
Built in 1928, The Beverly Wilshire is the ultimate place for celeb spotting. Lovebeverlyhills.com

Waiting for the valet to bring the car around we spot our first big star, the rapper Fifty Cent, who is also waiting for the valet. Sure his car is a Maserati, and mine is a Hyundai rental, but that's beside the point.

Beverly Hills is all about shopping, eating, spa-ing, drinking, shopping some more.

Every big name designer you can think of is represented in Beverly Hills, as well as high-end department stores such as Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

But if you are looking for bargains, this isn't the place for you - most of the price tags look like postcodes.

When it comes to spas and beauty services, Beverly Hills offers luxury like you won't find many other places.

Whether it is a day-long, custom created spa package or a quick one-hour treatment, Beverly Hills has a huge selection of spas where you can be pampered and preened.

Even the street signs are glamourous in Beverly Hills.
Even the street signs are glamourous in Beverly Hills.

They're a pretty discerning crowd in Beverley Hills so the food and wine options are fantastic.

There's the famous places like Spago, perhaps the most popular restaurant in the city (this is celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck's flagship eatery). We didn't actually eat there but walked past a few times.

There was a huge gathering of paparazzi there so we figured we might spot a celeb or two but the only one we saw was one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

We had the most wonderful night at Nic's Restaurant and Martini Lounge where the food was fab, the music was live and loud, and the crowd was fun, fun, fun.

We also dined at Caulfield's in our hotel Thompson Beverly Hills (chic and sophisticated), and La Scala (divine Italian).

But the real fun of Beverly Hills is just wandering around. A fascinating place for people watching, there is something at every corner to catch your eye.

And you're bound to spot a celebrity or two, if that's your kind of thing.

Just make sure you wear your best clobber. This isn't the place for trackie pants and trainers.

Catch the Beverly Hills Trolley for a guided tour highlighting the celebrity homes, architecture and landmarks that have put Beverly Hills on the map.
Catch the Beverly Hills Trolley for a guided tour highlighting the celebrity homes, architecture and landmarks that have put Beverly Hills on the map.

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