Even if you have never been to Los Angeles, you know the city better than you think. For years, the City of Angels has been a fixture in your living room on the television, and you may not have even known.
Airing countless shows, from dramas and comedies, to talk shows and reality TV programs, the metropolis has been front and centre of the TV scene. With awards season just around the corner, what better time to go jet setting and explore some of L.A.'s key hot spots that have made an appearance in some of Hollywood's biggest TV productions?
Canter's Deli - Mad Men
Widely regarded as one of the best television dramas of all time, the critically acclaimed Mad Men features one of the city's most famous Jewish style delicatessens -- Canter's Deli. In the final season of the show, main character Don Draper meets with Pete Campbell for lunch at Canter's Deli, where everyone from Elvis to Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Muhammad Ali and Led Zeppelin have noshed. Don and Pete both order the Brooklyn Avenue, a pastrami sandwich topped with coleslaw.
The Grove - Modern Family
Filmed in a documentary style, the sitcom often shoots on location throughout Los Angeles. Among the frequently used locations are the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel and the Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. In the season one episode Game Changer, Phil Dunphy's birthday coincides with the launch of the new Apple iPad. Phil's wife Claire tries to get her "early adopter" husband an iPad -- instead, she and her younger brother Mitchell get thrown out of the line for fighting. The memorable scene was filmed at the Apple Store at The Grove, another frequent filming location for the series and one of the most popular shopping centres in L.A.
The Big Bang Theory - Caltech
The Big Bang Theory - Caltech (Photo: Sergey Atunin via Getty Images)
Although The Big Bang Theory is set in Pasadena, the episodes are filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. The four male lead characters work at the California Institute of Technology, a world-renowned private research university that boasts 32 Nobel prizes among its faculty and alumni. Founded in 1891, Caltech is one of Pasadena's Hidden Gems -- its 128-acre campus has a rich architectural heritage that includes 18 buildings that were built before the Second World War.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! - El Capitan Entertainment Centre
The El Capitan Entertainment Centre is adjacent to the El Capitan Theatre and located across the street from the Dolby Theatre. The neoclassical building opened in 1921 as the Hollywood Masonic Temple and was designed by John C. Austin, the architect who also designed iconic L.A. buildings such as City Hall, the Griffith Observatory and the Shrine Auditorium. The Hollywood Masonic Temple was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. After an extensive renovation, Disney reopened the Hollywood Masonic Temple as the El Capitan Entertainment Centre in 2002. Jimmy Kimmel Live! is taped at a studio inside the El Capitan Entertainment Centre.
The Apple Pan - Beverly Hills, 90210
The tiny, 26-stool eatery was the inspiration for the Peach Pit, where the West Beverly High gang hung out on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. The Pit's season 1 set was painstakingly modeled after the interior of The Apple Pan, with a U-shaped counter centered around an open kitchen. Stepping inside The Apple Pan is like walking into an episode of 90210 -- Brenda, Dylan and Brandon not included. The exterior of The Apple Pan was also used in establishing shots of the Peach Pit in early episodes of the series. Much like its on-screen counterpart, The Apple Pan specializes in burgers, sandwiches and pies -- just don't expect to find the Pit's famous Mega Burger on the menu.
The SmokeHouse - The Office
Season six of The Office features one of the most anticipated weddings in television history, the nuptials between Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer). While the ceremony was shot at Niagara Falls in New York, the rest of the wedding scenes were lensed in Los Angeles. Pam and Jim's rehearsal dinner was held at one of Burbank's most historic restaurants, The SmokeHouse.
The eatery was founded in 1946 at the corner of Pass and Riverside Avenues, but moved to its current location in 1949. Thanks to its proximity to Warner Bros. Studios, the restaurant has long been frequented by movie and television luminaries, including Kevin Costner, Jennifer Aniston, Robert Redford and Andy Garcia and George Clooney. Most recently, the legendary steakhouse was featured in the award-winning movie La La Land, as it stands in for the supper club where Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) plays holiday tunes.
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The natural limestone arch that sits on the Maltese island of Gozo formed the backdrop to the wedding of Daenerys Targaryen to Khal Drogo. The rocky beach was covered with artificial sand for the scene then removed after shooting wrapped up. The turquoise waters surrounding the picturesque arch are ripe for swimming, scuba diving and boating along the sunny Mediterranean coast.
The first season of GoT used Malta’s historic fort to represent the Red Keep and form a backdrop to the execution of Ned Stark. The fort sits near Il-Kalkar, a small picturesque village on the Mediterranean sea. The massive fortress has now become a unique open soundstage, a popular location for film sets including Troy, Gladiator, Helen of Troy and Julius Caesar.
This 13-century stronghold appeared in the Game of Thrones pilot episode, as King Robert Baratheon and his party arrived and feasted in Winterfell. The castle offers incredible views of the central Scottish countryside, along with a splendid Lord's Hall featuring a musicians' gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen. Discover the new nature trail in the castle grounds or take an audio tour of the castle narrated by Monty Python's Terry Jones. Comedy fans may recognize Doune Castle from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Winter is coming! This sunning glacier tongue forms the real-life setting of the haunting world beyond the Wall. The Svinafellajokull glacier located in in southeast Iceland extends from the massive Vatnajökull glacier, the largest in Iceland. Don some sturdy crampons and explore this wonderland of glacial ice sculptures by foot.
You'll feel like you're at the end of the earth as you stare down into this 1000-meter-wide crater in Northern Iceland. Likely created during a volcanic explosion around 2800 years ago, the rocky Hverfell Crater formed the otherworldly backdrop to several scenes set north of the Wall.
The kasbah (citadel) of Aït Benhaddou, just west of the city of Ouzarate, was transformed into the fictional city of Yunkai in season three. Set amid miles of Saharan desert, the magical town is one of the best preserved in Morocco's scenic Atlas Mountain region. Now under UNESCO protection, the traditional mud brick city offers breathtaking views to those who ascend the hill upon which it rests. Marvel at the high, sheer walls made of dark red pisé, ride a donkey across the reed-strewn river and catch a glimpse of fading ksar life.
You may recognize the walled center of this picturesque coastal town as the site where Daenerys got her unsullied soldiers from the city of Astapor. Essaouria's relaxed bohemian vibe, prime kitesurfing conditions, colorful medina and excellent seafood restaurants attract visitors throughout the year. The Moroccan town is accessible by car just two hours from bustling Marrakech.
Croatia's enchanting medieval capital is filled with marble streets and stunning baroque architecture next to the shimmering Adriatic Sea. The Pearl of the Adriatic, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was chosen as the striking landscape of King's Landing, the fictional capital of the Thrones' Seven Kingdoms. Visitors can explore Dubrovnik's stunning ancient ruins, relax in chic street-side cafés and take a water-taxi to nearby islands for swimming and sunbathing.
Better known to GoT fans as the place where Ned, Tyrion, Catelyn and King Robert began their epic journeys, the rugged, sweeping coastline of Northern Ireland comes in a shade of green you've never seen anywhere else. Spectacular scenery, medieval castles, windswept beaches and rugged walking routes attract more and more tourists looking to experience the mythical land of Westeros for themselves.
This-1600 acre state forest park in Northern Ireland's County Down is crawling with exotic monkey puzzle, eucalyptus, giant redwoods. The snow-covered woods became the setting for the woodland action scenes in the wild lands north of the Wall, known locally as the Dark Hedges.
Though GoT's medieval war and wizardry is filmed mostly in studio in Belfast, the streets of the second largest city in Ireland now have plenty to offer modern-day visitors. With narrow lanes, historical pubs and Michelin-starred restaurants it couldn't have dreamed of 25 years ago, Belfast is fast emerging tourist destination. Take in some traditional music, marvel at the elegant Victorian buildings and stroll along the River Lagan.
Formed after a massive volcanic eruption 2300 years ago, this beautiful and mysterious lake area became the fictional home to the GoT Wildlings or Free Folk. Explore the jaw-dropping geothermal setting of Jon Snow's epic journey beyond the wall in season two. The Lake of Myvatn is surrounded by weird and inspiring volcanic features, with relaxing nature baths nearby.
Barely 100 km south of the Arctic Circle, Godafoss Waterfall formed a perfect location to film season three's scenes set in the freezing wastes north of the Wall. Nicknamed the waterfall of the gods, majestic Godafoss waterfall runs through an 8000-year-old lava river valley just off Iceland's encircling Ring Road. Many Icelanders consider this striking waterfall to be a symbol of Icelandic Christianity.
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