"on the terrace of the St George Hotel at Beirut"

Beirut is the capital of Lebanon.

The St George Hotel is described as an iconic 1960s hotel, and as having been a desirable venue in the 1930s. Little information is available about its history prior to that period. Does anyone have more information about this?

The hotel is not currently in use, having been damaged by a bomb blast in 2005.

picture of the hotel taken sometime between 1945 and 1955.