Angelenos, if you're looking to get your screenwriting/study on, take the trip to Larchmont Village (right above Beverly on Larchmont Blvd) and sit yourself down inside Bricks & Scones, where the wi-fi is free, the vibe is East Coast academic, and the warmed chocolate chip scones are ridonkulously delicious.
If scones aren't your thing, then go for the red velvet cupcakes, the grilled pesto turkey panini -- or if you're a traditionalist -- an old-fashioned, classic cup of joe. Take a seat on the outdoor patio, upstairs in the quiet Study, or downstairs amongst the laptop-glued individuals who are either a) revising a screenplay b) finishing a thesis or c) blogging about their crazy night in Silverlake brushing shoulders with a porn star.
And Brits, take note: every afternoon they serve High Tea and scones with clotted cream and jam! It's like a little piece of London in the middle of Southern California.