Raffles Hotel Singapore reinvigorates literary heritage

Raffles Hotel Singapore has announced its plans to continue its legendary literary tradition that began as far back as 1887, when renowned writers and novelists such as the likes of Rudyard Kipling and Joseph Conrad stayed with the prestigious hotel.

Following the reopening of the iconic property in August after a careful and sensitive restoration, the hotel introduces its new writer’s residency programme and welcomes back the Writers Bar, paying tribute to the illustrious authors who have resided at the hotel since the 1900.

Established as a tribute to the wordsmiths that have come through the doors of Raffles over the years and as a tribute to enlivening the literary heritage, is the iconic Writers Bar. Located in the Grand Lobby, the Writers Bar has now been expanded to a full bar and is decked in luxuriously appointed furnishings, lovingly curated mementos and books, referencing the literary legacy of Raffles.

Led by a team of skilled mixologists, it serves wines, spirits and bespoke craft cocktails that are created in celebration of the art of the written word. To celebrate the hotel’s first Writer-in-Residence, the team has created a series of cocktails that are inspired by Pico Iyer and his work, This Could Be Home. Kept exclusive to residents and restaurant patrons (with prior reservations), the bar is a sophisticated and serene refuge for discreet elegance and intimate conversations.

“The Writer’s Residency Programme is set to reinvigorate the literary heritage that is embedded deeply in the Raffles ethos. With the purpose of nurturing future writing talents, the programme looks to deliver inspiration within the unique spaces of the restored Raffles Hotel Singapore, particularly with the refreshed Writers Bar.” said Christian Westbeld, general manager of Raffles Hotel Singapore.

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