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Access all areas! Live like a star in Beverly Hills

Dreaming of a VIP visit to the playground of the rich and famous? Walk this way...

By Christine Estera
If you’ve ever wanted to live like a celebrity, now’s your chance.
NW was invited by Love Beverly Hills to experience the home of the A-list.
We got to stay, dine and play in the luxe mecca the rich and famous call home, and it exceeded every expectation.

Check in at an iconic hotel

The Beverly Hilton is the home of the Golden Globes
If it’s good enough for the Golden Globes, we’re in.
The Beverly Hilton has been home to the glitzy awards ceremony since 1961, so it’s at the heart of Hollywood’s most memorable moments – like that time Angelina Jolie notoriously leapt into the hotel’s Aqua Star Pool (above) after her Best Actress win in 1999!
Inside the International Ballroom – where the ceremony takes place – stars like Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga party late into the night, with many staying in one of the hotel’s plush suites, which start at $500 per night.
Check out beverlyhilton.com to plan your Hollywood moment.
Kate, J.Lo and Gaga party the night away at the Beverly Hilton after last years’ Golden Globes.
Another 90210 mainstay?
Affectionately known as the Pink Palace, this iconic landmark has served as a playground for Hollywood’s elite for over 100 years, although its iconic Polo Lounge now attracts the young A-list crowd. Think Kylie Jenner, Hailey Baldwin and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Dine on posh nosh surrounded by celebs

Kendall and Kylie Jenner launched their Neiman Marcus line last year with a bash at The Peninsula
Ladies who lunch, right this way, please! Treat yo’ self and your girls to an absolute culinary delight at The Belvedere (above), an al fresco dining terrace located at The Peninsula hotel.
The only thing more amazing than the A-list clientele – think Reese Witherspoon, Cindy Crawford and Kate Beckinsale – is the food. The lamb-bulgur meatballs are to die for and the desserts are literally art on a plate. Insta-worthy stuff!

For casual dining, head to Citizen bar on North Canon Drive (citizenbeverlyhills.com).
Located next door to Spago – another Wolfgang Puck venue – it’s a hive of celeb dining activity. In fact, it oozes so much cool that Rachel Zoe held her staff Christmas party here last year.
Bag a booth under the dim lighting, order a cocktail and enjoy a share plate with your besties – the smoked short-rib tacos and orzo mac and cheese are comfort-food gold.

Have a drink at an a-list hot spot

Just like a library, but the shelves are stocked with wine!
Ever wondered where big names like Ryan Seacrest go for a drink?
Well, one NW-ette was lucky enough to spot him at Wally’s Wine & Spirits. This elegant yet casual bar is like a library of wine, with wall-to-wall shelves stocked with premium drops.
Staff will help you pair the finest wine with the tastiest of cheeses, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view, which sometimes includes David Beckham.
With such a great vibe for an evening tipple, it’s no wonder it’s the toast of Beverly Hills.
When Vic’s away David and his pal Gordon Ramsay play at Wally’s.
Renowned chef Wolfgang Puck’s CUT Lounge sits adjacent to his restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.
Located at the southern end of Rodeo Drive, it’s the perfect place to drop after you shop. Order one of their speciality cocktails – Sloppy Kisses is our pick with Roca Patrón Silver Tequila, green apple, lemon and Absente.

Glam it up & shop in style

Track down the best of the best on Rodeo Drive.
Want to follow in Cher’s Clueless footsteps? Then head to one of the world’s most opulent shopping districts on Rodeo Drive – where the uber-stylish and uber-rich (hello, Mariah Carey) spend up big.
Book a retail sesh with stylist Nicole Pollard, who runs the personalised shopping service La La Luxe. She’ll have you looking like a star in no time.
The Drybar is the place to have your hair done.
Of course, you’ll need a killer blow-dry to match – and you’ll feel like you’ve got your own glam team at Drybar on North Canon Drive, where you can sip champers as they give you a blow-wave to rival J.Lo’s for only $60! Sarah Michelle Gellar, Julia Roberts and Chrissy Teigen are regulars, so you’re in good company.
Get your fitness fix at SoulCycle on Wilshire Boulevard. You might even work up a sweat alongside Kardashians, Jenners and Beckhams (oh my!).
With candles, cool jams and super-sleek equipment, it’s not your average spin class.

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