Brits in LA was established in 2007 by British-born LA residents Craig Robert Young and Eileen Lee, with the aim of bringing together the diverse British ex-pat community in LA.
From the first
mixer in West Hollywood, it was obvious that the group was a much needed touchstone for British expats and their friends.
As their motto says, “You don’t have to be British, you just have to like us”.
In the last six years, Brits in LA has blossomed thanks to the boom in social networking and favorable word of mouth from their many enthusiastic, talented and friendly members.
Brits in LA is proud to have helped shape the modern British community in Los Angeles. Along the way they have collaborated with many amazing artists, companies and organizations including the British Consulate, BAFTA LA, LACMA, the Petersen Museum, Heifer International, Adopt-a-letter, Baby2Baby, the UKares Foundation, Rankin and Soho House.
For many visitors, transplants or British-born US residents, Brits in LA has now become the first port of call for free advice on many subjects including work visas, insurance, healthcare and greencards to housing, taxes, cell phone plans, hotel and flights, as well as leasing, buying or renting automobiles. All advice is given out using first-hand information and personal experience from members – and it’s these priceless recommendations that keep people coming back and supporting the group.
A cornerstone of the Brits in LA philosophy is their dedication towards promoting prestigious British companies as well as local businesses. They have already partnered with Reiss, Lloyds-TSB, Air New Zealand, Volkswagen, Audi, Coldwell Banker, Waterford Crystal, Cecconi’s SBE, Glenfiddich, Ultimat, Heineken, Newcastle Brown Ale, Patron, Pimm’s, as well as many bars, clubs and restaurants around LA.
Social media sites such as Twitter and Blogger have helped Brits in LA widen their market, providing their members with daily updates of British and local news. Their closed Facebook group – accessed only via personal referrals – now boasts 5500 members and rapidly growing.
Brits in LA also implement a strict code of conduct; this has been put in place to ensure all members feel safe, well-advised and secure. The group aims at all times to uphold the fine reputation of the British people living in Los Angeles.
They also regularly co-ordinate an array of much-anticipated events from their weekly Breakfast Club, Sunday lunches, trips away (past trips include Palm Springs and Las Vegas), the 2010 World Cup viewing party for 800 guests, and a celebrity-attended traditional roast dinner honoring UK-nominated filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival. And of course, being British, they are passionate about the Royal family and have organized events celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Jubilee, William and Kate’s Royal Wedding, and the recent birth of Prince George, all garnering local, national and international press.
Their regular column in the local British Weekly newspaper (est. 1984) also gives them a further outreach of 30,000. More recently, the BBC America blog, “Mind the Gap”, named Brits in LA one of the “Top 12 websites” for expats to visit if they are planning a move to the USA.
Brits in LA are proud to bring together the British ex-pat community “and those who like them”, and aim to grow, advise and entertain for many years to come.