Hendrick’s Gin Bath-tub in Raffles © A. Harrison

A Bathtub in a Bar

Anne Harrison
May 9 · 2 min read

Singapore is a place of eclectic mixes. Doctor fish who left my feet silky smooth; the gate of Hope where many an unwanted child was abandoned. Spectacular orchid gardens; carrot cakes which distinctly lack carrot. Tropical deluges and the Death Houses of Sago Street.

I wasn’t, however, expecting a bathtub in a bar.

The Hendrick’s Gin Bath-tub stands proudly in Raffles’ Long Bar. Quite fitting, really, considering this is where the Singapore Sling was invented in 1915. Immediately popular (for the gin-laced drink looks like an innocent fruit punch, allowing women to drink in public) the drink rose to fame after featuring in Somerset Maugham’s short story, The Letter.

I sat and sipped as wooden fans moved back and forth across the ceiling in an attempt to distill the tropical heat. Peanut shells lay scattered over the floor — this is not a place for stilettos. After a few Singapore Slings, the sight of the bathtub taking on the ceramic tiles didn’t seem at all out of place.

I’m not sure if anyone uses the bath; the exterior of Raffles © A. Harrison
Anne Harrison

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At 10 I discovered travel, books and philosophy. Now I pass my days with a camera in one hand, a notebook in the other, looking for the perfect coffee.

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At 10 I discovered travel, books and philosophy. Now I pass my days with a camera in one hand, a notebook in the other, looking for the perfect coffee.

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An art and photography publication focused on visual narrative in storytelling.

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