Raffles Through Time
First opened on 1 December 1887, Raffles Singapore was a 10-room bungalow, leased by the Sarkies Brothers who hailed from Armenia. The bungalow was formerly owned by Arab trader Mohamed Alsagoff. Over the decades, as the hotel expanded, its hallowed halls have played host to the rich and famous, including Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham, Elizabeth Taylor and Karl Lagerfeld.
It also made its mark in local society, being the address where the last tiger in Singapore was killed, the birthplace of the iconic Singapore Sling and the place to countdown into the New Year with its gala ball in the lobby.
Images taken from Raffles Hotel / Singapore Tourism Board