Raffles is a colonial-style hotel in Singapore, which has been operating since 1887. The current main building was completed in 1899. The hotel has been famed throughout its history for its luxurious accommodation and excellent restaurants. The Singapore Sling was invented by Raffles’ bartender Ngiam Tong Boon between 1910 and 1915.
During World War II, the hotel was occupied by the Japanese and used as a transit camp for prisoners of war. After the war, however, it regained its glamour and glory. The hotel was closed and extensively renovated in 1989, and reopened in 1991.