Our LA to Z: Prince William and Duchess Catherine

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During their much-touted stay in Los Angeles this weekend, the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel from Culver City to Santa Barbara, hiting a few local landmarks along the way. Here’s a guide to the places they’ll be going and the nearby hotspots we suggest for royals and royal watchers alike

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The British Consul-General Residence

Architect Wallace Neff, best known for creating Pickfair, the residence of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, designed the Mediterranean Revival residence that would become the Consular-General’s home in 1929 for Erle Leaf. In the case that your ticket to the reception that William and Catherine will be attending on Friday night has not yet arrived, may I suggest a half-mile walk to 304 Muirfield Road, AKA Youngwood Court. The regally decorated (14 copies of Michelangelo’s David stand in front) home of R&B singer Norwood Young is currently for sale, so maybe you can get inside and enjoy the Lucite furniture-and-giant-sequined-hand-décor. Map

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The Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club

Grab your best hat! On Saturday, the prince will suit up for a charity polo match to benefit the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. Kate will be there too to award a prize to the winning team, and guests (including our very own SEEN QUEEN, Kari Mozena) will dine on plates whipped up by celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis. They’ve got somewhere else to be later that night (see below) but if you don’t, check out a brand new guide to Santa Barbara from our July issue. Map | More info

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The Belasco Theater

The newly restored Belasco, which will host the royals when they attend the British Academy of Film & Television’s “Brits to Watch” event Saturday night, is a fantastical movie palace designed by Morgan Walls and Clements and built in 1926 with a nod to Spain and the Churrigueresque. If you can’t get inside the Belasco you might try to conquer the Mayan theater next door. Later that night, hit up “Tropical Saturday” featuring salsa bands and Latin pop and kicking off at 9 p.m. A strict dress code is observed; mantle capes and frocks coats are perfectly acceptable. Map | More info

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Inner City Arts

Once a month Inner-City Arts offers a 45-minute docent-led architecture tour of their campus and the some of the ceramics, drama, dance, music and animation classes they offer. The former mechanics warehouse was adaptively reused in 1995 and is a lush yet transparent oasis in the city designed by Michael Maltzan. The next free tour is scheduled for July 13, just days after the duke and duchess visit. Map

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Sony Pictures Studios

On their last day in town, William and Catherine will attend a job fair for veterans at Sony, where films have been made for nearly a century. The block-long Beaux Arts colonnade along Washington Boulevard is a remnant of the 1915 Triangle Studios and the interior features moderne landmarks from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer era. While the backlot was plowed under long ago for condominiums, the majority of the studio remains and is open for 2-hour guided tours Monday through Friday. For less than the cost of a movie date night, visitors will experience the majestic history of MGM and see sets and locations for current films being shot at the thriving studio. Map

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Images courtesy (in order): princeofwales.gov.uk copyright St. James’s Palace2011 (1) google.com, (2) sbpolo.com, (3) thebelasco.com, (4) inner-cityarts.com, (5) sonypicturesstudios.com,