City & Culture
Libra hotel is conveniently located ONLY 5 minutes walking distance from the Wilshire/Western Metro station. Koreatown, which is where our hotel stands, is central to EVERYTHING… Hollywood, Downtown LA, Santa Monica, you name it. You can get there in 20 minutes or less. Now a little more on our gem of a city….
Los Angeles may not have snow, but we have Koreatown, a vibrant neighborhood of incredible restaurants, bars, markets, spas, bookstores and more. Exploring it is a sport all its own. Los Angeles, of course, is lucky enough to have the largest Korean community outside the motherland and a concentration of restaurants that pick up trends sometimes just months after they have hit Seoul. Koreatown isn’t just a Korean neighborhood — with its markets, nightclubs, towers, billiard parlors and food-obsessive mini-malls, it sometimes seems as if it is a distant prefecture of Seoul that just happens to be extra-rich in Salvadorans, Oaxacans, and Mexican cuisine. What ever you do, don’t go home without trying Korean BBQ.
List of things to do:
Korean BBQ (again, its a must)
Go get a korean scrub massage
Go grab a craft beer and a bucket of duck fat fries at Beer Belly
Go get Korean Shaved ice from Sul & Beans
Go shopping at Daiso (the best Japanese discount store for everything cute)
Go to Norebang/ Karaoke with a private room (its nice when you don’t have a audience of strangers looking at you)
Go get some authentic tacos at a taco truck
Go see a show at the Wiltern Theater
Go eat some ramen (i promise, you will like it!)
Go eat the whole Korean Fried chicken with a pitcher of beer at OB Bear (might need a couple friends to help you)
We believe that dining needn’t be expensive to be fine. Dalston and its surrounding districts boast some of the best Caribbean, Polish, Vietnamese, and Turkish food in London, and all at affordable prices. Those looking for a more posh vibe will be happy to know that our neighborhood also offers restaurants headed by some of the most world-renowned chefs, like Hunter Fisher of Thornberry.
The Hackney borough, of which Dalston belongs, has it all—from bespoke boutiques that feature independent designers to thrift stores and craft fairs full of one-of-a-kind finds. This is where rising fashion stars like Mara Bond got their start, taking inspiration from the dynamic culture of East London. No matter what store you go to, you’ll find products that you couldn’t get anywhere else.
World class bars
Dalston nightlife is top-notch. You can watch the latest game while you enjoy UK staples like Nameless Beer, Demo Ale, and Filler Stout. Or try some small-batch beers crafted by local breweries. If cocktails are your preferred poison, trendy mixology establishments, complete with plush couches and date night lighting, are peppered throughout East London.
Whether you’re looking for an intimate jazz club, large music hall experience, disco with a killer DJ, or eclectic music festival, Dalston has it. Some of the most fun and innovative bands, artists, and musicians flock to our district for its creative energy and diverse music scene. Take the opportunity to experience it all up close and personal. We promise you won’t regret it.