James Bartlett


Originally from London, James Bartlett has been writing about the weird and wonderful side of L.A. since he arrived here in 2004. He has been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, contributes to BBC radio and BBC online, and is the author of “Gourmet Ghosts – Los Angeles” and “Gourmet Ghosts 2,” murder/mystery/crime/ghost/food and drink guides to the city's bars, restaurants and hotels – they’re available on Amazon and at stores across town.

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  • 11 days ago | First Look

    A new Italian restaurant offers a very upscale version of surf and turf, along with Northern classics like risotto and carpaccio.

  • 1 month ago | Culture

    If you grew up in or around L.A., chances are that at one point or another you were herded onto a bus and taken on a field trip to the Los Angeles Zoo. Seeing their exotic animals might have made a frequent visitor of you — or maybe it was...

  • 2 months ago | Halloween

    Halloween is almost here, and among the costumes and candy corn it seems that people have an insatiable thirst for the bloody real. Podcast My Favorite Murder, documentaries Making a Murderer, The Witness and Amanda Knox, countless TV shows and, o...

  • 2 months ago

    By now everyone and their dog has taken a selfie at Urban Light, the LACMA landmark composed of 202 glowing street lamps (which went half dark earlier this year for repairs). Subvert expectations: Go somewhere that's hidden inside the austere Depa...

  • 2 months ago

    If you've been in the vicinity of Wilshire and Fairfax in the past several months, there's little chance the new look of the Petersen Automotive Museum has escaped your attention. Covered in stainless steel ribbons meant to represent speed and mov...

  • 2 months ago

    We're all searching for that special somewhere to hide from the daily craziness, and who would have thought there was a secret garden in a hotel that's a favorite hangout for lawyers, politicos and other suits? Hidden atop the DoubleTree by Hilton...


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