Newsletter november 28th, 2011

Nov 28. 2011
Are you having trouble buying or leasing a car due to non existent credit?  If so you need to talk to Joe Seymour at Mike Sullivan's Volkswagen Santa Monica. They  are offering the Brits the Foreign Business Professionals Leasing Plan . All you need is a social security number and a valid visa. Contact Joe on 310 266 8825 or email him at . He is a Brits in LA member and will do his very best for you! This is also a brilliant way to build up your credit score pretty quickly too.  

I was fortune to go to this years' LA Auto Show to check out some of the latest cars to hit the roads next year as well as lust over some of the concept cars - Check out our content form the show below.

Hi Breeps,
I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and part-took in this wonderful American tradition. I just got back from spending mine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A 2 hour flight direct. I have to say some of the finest restaurants in America. Highlights were Geronimo's, Cafe Martin and La Boca and for traditional New Mexican cuisine you can't beat Pasqual's
Taos Pueblos

I also took a tour of the Taos Pueblo, which is a traditional Native American village where nothing has changed for over 1000 years. Quite sad and humbling to see how they live. I learned that New Mexico is the second poorest state in America. We stayed at The Inn of the Five Graces, and next to  it was the oldest church in America is called the San Miguel church built in 1610 and nest to that is the Loretta Chapel where you can see the Miraculous Staircase, built by a mysterious carpenter in the 1800's using no middle beam to hold the steps upright - Architects still today are baffled by it's creation.
The Miraculous staircase at Loretta, Santa Fe.
To see more of my photos from my trip check out the Brits in LA blog - The Anglo Files

Cheers Craig

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Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many other Brits in LA with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA through the citizenship application and is very thorough and no nonsense. You can reach him on 818 981 0352 or Email him at

Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped over 100's of Brits obtain visas into the USA call or email him today to find out if he can help you. or call on 305-860-4050 for a free consultation.


Getting down to the wire now on X Factor USA? Will it be Rachel Crow to win or do you think it will be Dis-Astro?  Why not go along and see the show live? Tickets are free and it is a great afternoon out. 
Click HERE to get your free tickets.


Best Eggs Benedict in town - Plus we have Heinz Baked Beans

 RSVP here. -  only $15*
The price includes the Tax and Tip - Cash only - please remember they do not accept  credit cards.
*full English breakfast is $18

Have you ever wanted to be in LA during EPISODIC SEASON?
Starting this week... Industry Hollywood is flying out a small select group of professional actors from around the world to meet and work with LA's Industry during the busiest time of the year and have just 1 place remaining on this unique and innovative networking week. could it be you?
3rd – 10th December 2011.
For more details please email:
Or call direct on: 310-954-7691 (US) or 07801-232-573 (UK) 
Or visit their website WWW.INDUSTRYHOLLYWOOD.COM

Work off your breakfast and join personal trainer ADAM HUSS  He has a special offer for all us Brits who want to get fit. I'm currently training with him and he's awesome. Contact him @ or call him on 310 927-6045

For those Brits that have to work during the week come and join us for a fully earned half price Mimosa brunch - Same great deal as Tuesdays BBC. $15 and $6 mimosas. - Cecconi's is such a perfect setting to relax unwind and start your weekend right.
Saturday DEC 3rd 7pm

Always a great British tradition for kids and adults to enjoy! A Snow White Christmas stars Brits in LA member Marina Sertis, Neil Patrick Harris, from 'How I met your Mother' and rising star Lindsay Pearce form The Glee Project as 'Snow White' We have a great deal of $20 tickets which includes a glass of wine. please purchase your seats here quoting BRITS to receive the discount.

Wednesday December 7th, 2011 7pm - 10pm
 Brits in LA present 
Drinks, Nibbles, Raffle and Christmas Charioke (Karaoke)
Toy Drive for the charity adopt-a-letter
Location TBA
Tickets will be be released soon

Paul Duddridge
Paul Duddridge has represented many of the biggest names in UK entertainment. 
Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon, Phill Jupitus, Alistair Mcgowan, Paul Mckenna.
As a producer and writer he has created and worked on shows for the BBC, ITV, NBC and FOX. As a self styled entertainment coach he has had amazing results helping actors, writers and directors. Many acting coaches have never worked in the industry on which they advise. Paul has and still does.
               First consultation is FREE. 
On top of that Paul is offering 20% discount to all Brits in LA members.

Brits in LA member and Toscar winner Sarah Farooqui wants you to know about an upcoming seminar with coach Margi Haber - click the link for more details

Meet the British guys who are taking the Hollywood men by storm with their fashionable ways...

Ex-model Warren Baker is arguably himself one of the most stylish men you will meet and is currently styling Steve Jones from X-Factor, our own PLAN B and a slew of young Hollywood hitters.
Warren soaks up the sun stateside.
David Thomas made the move to LA about 5 years ago and has continued to grow... styling artists such as John Legend and Chris Brown (pictured) who had one of the most talked about outfits this year on dancing with the stars - The light up suit.
Chris Brown styled by David Thomas
And last but by no means least mister Miles Siggins. who I had the pleasure of working with about ten years ago. Miles not only styles American Idol's Ryan Seacrest, but has a very influential blog called limited edition. where he gives daily inspirations through images. Miles has lived in LA for about 12years now and lives with his wife Kirstin and two kids Alfie and Ellie.
The Very British Miles Siggins
Need a great hairdresser look no further than the British Hair style house of
In the heart of West Hollywood, on Melrose, close to Cecconi's... James, Benjamin and Leanne want to reward your loyalty by continuing to offer all BRITS IN LA members 25% off all cuts, colors and Brazilian blowouts - All other stylist will offer 20% off. They are open 9am - 6pm but are very happy to make appointments for later than that. The salon's phone number is 424 249 3296 and email is:-

has opened up THE ANNEX in the heart of Hollywood and for the first time you can check out her entire collection as well as sampling some of her favourite vintage items from her travels. Some great Christmas gifts. check them out this Saturday with special products and holiday pricing from some of your favourite brands. 11-5 1034 Seward Street, Hollywood, CA

Poor 'Olly Murs' couldn't knock the queen of pop 'Rihanna' off the top spot this week after entering at number 2 with his reggae inspired tune Dance with me tonight (see the video below) - Flo-Rida slips a place to number 3 this week while Tim "The Phoenix" Bergling (born 8 September 1989), known professionally as Avicii, enters the charts at number 4 with Levels and finally Labrinth hangs in the top 5 with his hit Earthquake featuring Tiny Tempah. 

This weeks number 2  - Olly Murs  - Dance With Me Tonight


The Fab Four are playing in February but tickets are on sale now!

Visit Ticketmaster to buy tickets

Stephen Merchant at Largo in January
Buy tickets here
Handel's Messiah
Tue-Wed DEC 13-14  8pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Philharmonia Baroque
Nicholas McGegan, conductor (OBE for services to music overseas!)
Dominique Labelle, soprano
Daniel Taylor, alto
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Nathaniel Watson, baritone
Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director

Experience the excitement and glory of Messiah, one of the most beloved of all
holiday traditions. This concert will be especially notable for the tremendous
freshness and energy that the Philharmonia Baroque and its ebullient conductor
bring to all their performances.

For tickets and information, visit
The Kooks are playing here in Dec. Tickets on sale 
Jesse J is on tour with Katy Perry. Buy your tickets here .

Transferring money can be a pain and I see a lot of you are asking banking questions on the FB page. Lloyds TSB have a great account available that means you can transfer money between a linked up USD,GBP or Euro account which saves all the hassle.
Click here for the Lloyds international account 
sign-up FORM

Lloyds TSB International - Britain's most trusted bank- catering to Los Angeles' expat community for international banking. Our services extend from US Dollar, Sterling, and Euro international current accounts to savings/investment products. Benefits include: free transfers between currencies, preferred exchange rates, and multi-currency debit cards. for more information, please call (213) 443 4096 or e-mail and mention Brits in LA.


THIS HAS BEEN EXTENDED --Bring It On: The Musical
Ahmanson Theatre
October 30 – December 10
For tickets call 213.972.4400
For a sneak peek, click here
“Everything you wished for, nothing like you expected, exactly what you will love.” –
See Bring It On: The Musical for as low as $39!  


OVO from Cirque du Soleil
Under the Big Top at the Santa Monica Pier
January 20-March 25, 2012

We are planning to make this our January theatre trip. So watch this space

RIVERDANCE at The Pantages Theatre

Pantages Theatre (6233 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028)

Riverdance, the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that weaves together Celtic mythology and Irish history, has tapped its way onto the world stage and thrilled millions of people around the globe.Riverdance now returns to the Pantages by popular demand. Whether it's your first time or your fifth time to see this exhilarating extravaganza, the internationally acclaimed show is pure entertainment for the whole family. The Chicago Tribune calls it "an explosion of sight and sound that simply takes your breath away."
Goldstar tickets available here


Need a car for a month or longer? don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental prices?If all you need is a runaround to get from A to B you should call Zoe at Economy Rent-a-Car*

They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 7007 Canby Ave Reseda CA 91335 818-668-3052 Hours 9-5  M-F and Sat by appointment after hours service 818-429-7073   Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
She has helped many Brits in LA members
Contact Economy Rent-a-car
*these cars are not brand new luxury vehicles


So many of you are looking to sublet your apartments/rooms or househunting that we have set up a new group called Brits in LA Housing. This way your listings can all be in one dedicated place. Click here to join .

It can be stressful looking for an apartment or a home especially if you are back and forth between London and LA. So meet Claudia, A Brit in LA who is more than happy to take away some of that house-hunting stress 

Contact Claudia Afshar today!!!  Claudia’s a top producing agent with “Afshar Properties” at Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills. Claudia, moved here from London, England many years ago and has helped many of the Brits find a lease, buy a home, sell and re sell their ongoing houses. Claudia has a lot of knowledge and experience in the real estate world from purchases to financing to building & repairing credit, plus much more! She understands what it is to be a Brit In LA!!! Contact her at: (310) 860-8861 or


Paul Terry has been working with a lot of BLA members that are very satisfied - including us - if you habven't seen it yet check it out at


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Best Craig

Unfortunately we lost two greats this week, so  I'll leave you with a tribute to the Welsh Soccer Player Gary Speed who was found dead this weekend. Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this very difficult time. Remember if you or a loved one are having suicidal thoughts or is dealing with depression please contact:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
                                                In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255

and the British Film Director KEN RUSSELL Who died peacefully Sunday Evening. Our thoughts go out to his family.


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