We're off for the weekend to Singapore. It's not my favourite location. As an English national, I like to be able bring up the weather when conversation grinds to a halt. But this really isn't an option in Singapore where its proximity to the equator results in little seasonality. As a Hong Konger, meanwhile, I find the place a little slow and lacking in vitality.
However, on the plus side, I can go on a spending spree at some of the English high-street stores who have set up shop in the Lion City State. No doubt the chance to check out Dot P's, Miss Selfridge, Top Shop and Warehouse (all conveniently located at Marina Square) will manage to buoy me up!
One thing I am really looking forward to though is the Pepper Crab!! For over 60 years the best in town has been served up at Long Beach @ Dempsey.
Address & contact details are:
25 Dempsey Road (opposite the Singapore Botanic Gardens)
T +65 6323 2222
Open daily from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. - 1.30 a.m.
If you fancy a pre-dinner cocktail, head over to the Raffles Hotel to the Long Bar on the first floor for its famous but sickly-sweet Singapore Sling, or better still check out the Red Dot microbrewery next to Long Beach.
Travel Tip: Dress in casuals and book a table outside at Long Beach. Turn up on time (they're quick to pass on your table) and take plenty of packets of tissues with you as eating with your hands gets messy!