Raffles Hotel Somerset Maugham Beefeater Alcohol Singapore


This vintage postcard depicts iconic Raffles Hotel of Singapore which is considered as one of the finest legacies of colonial British era in Singapore. Raffles hotel was constructed in 1887 by famed Sarkies Brothers who were ethnic Armenian merchants known for establishing several luxury hotels in Far East.

Raffles Hotel is also known for being the place where “Singapore Sling”, the national cocktail of Singapore was invented. It was frequently visited by noted British playwright and novelist Somerset Maugham. This postcard has the following quote from Maugham on its front side: “Raffles Hotel- Stands for all the fables of the exotic East”.

It’s location near the beach coupled for excellent service made it an attraction for wealthy clientele in South East Asia including Europeans and foreign government officials. Indeed, one can only fathom the important role played by Raffles Hotel in the evolution of Singapore as a nation state, from the fact that it was declared a National Monument by Singapore Government in 1987, a century after it was founded.

This vintage postcard does a remarkable job in depicting Raffles Hotel as one can see a bottle of Beefeater Gin along with Singapore Sling and a bust of Sir Stamford Raffles who is widely considered as the founder of modern Singapore.

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