First opened in 1887 and teeming with colonial elegance, my mother-in-law and I recently visited the Raffles Hotel. Our goal was to learn more about the hotel's history with a trip to its museum, followed by high tea in the Tiffin Room. Alas, the museum was closed due to renovations and we needed a way to kill an hour before our high tea reservations. What are two ladies to do?
We shopped at the hotel's gift store, of course! My mother-in-law picked up souvenirs and I bought vintage Singapore and Raffles Hotel posters. Then, we visited the hotel's Long Bar, which is known as the home of the Singapore Sling. While we didn't try the famous and sweet cocktail (I'm pregnant and my mother-in-law isn't a fan of sweet drinks), we watched the bartender make plenty of Singapore Slings!
He was making anywhere from one to five Singapore Slings at a time. Clearly, it was the popular cocktail of choice! I'll have to come back after I have my baby and try one. Check out the finished product, which is waiting to be scooped up, in the picture below on the left.
Despite the Raffles Hotel's elegant feel, the Long Bar has a more down to earth atmosphere. In the bar, you will find a mix of locals, hotel guests and tourists -- either dressed up or donning more, um, casual attire.
Personally, I thought it was refreshing and fun to relax at the Long Bar before we raised our pinkies at high tea. I even loved how we got to eat peanuts and toss the shells on the Long Bar's floor. For some reason, peanuts taste much better when you can toss the shells. :)
Finally, it was time for my mother-in-law and I walk over to the Raffles Hotel's Tiffin Room, where we enjoyed the music,
and the tea.