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Singapore Grand Prix - our recommendations

Singapore Grand Prix - our recommendations

Singapore Grand Prix - our recommendations

Singapore Grand Prix - our recommendations

Many of Grandstand’s customers will probably know Nik Baines from either having contact with him in the Grandstand Motor Sports office or meeting him out at an event.

Nik accompanied our group to the Singapore Grand Prix last year. From his first-hand experiences out in Singapore, he has put together his Top Five recommendations of things to see and do whilst in Singapore for the Grand Prix.

1, Visit the Gardens by the Bay & have a drink at the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Within walking distance of our hotels you can explore the truly incredible Gardens by the Bay. The park is spread over 101 hectares and is best enjoyed during the day but it is also spectacular at nighttime when the garden and its structures are lit up. It is situated a few minutes walk from the totally unique and iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Although a lot of the deck area at the top of the hotel is reserved for VIP parties during Singapore Grand Prix race week there is a rooftop bar at the Northern end of the building called C’est la Vie. You can purchase a ticket for S$23 in the lobby area of the hotel and this includes access to the terrace and a complimentary drink. Although that may sound expensive, the views from the top are very much worth it.    

2, Leave enough time to see your favourite bands at the Singapore Grand Prix

Grandstand ticket holders have access to the huge line-up of entertainment which is staged in the Padang area. The concerts usually take place between the F1 sessions. To ensure that you reach the concerts before they start, I recommend checking in advance how long it will take you to walk to the Padang area (Singapore Cricket Club) from your grandstand. It may mean missing those last few minutes of the session if you really want to get to the stage in time for a particular act.

Headline acts for the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix include Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fatboy Slim, Cardi B and Swedish House Mafia.

3, Take a ride on the Singapore Flyer

This is a unique way to get an almost birdseye view of the circuit! All zone 1 ticket holders will have free access to the Singapore Flyer, Asia’s largest giant observation wheel, located on the inside of the final corner. Any other ticket holders can purchase a ticket on the day but expect a little wait to get on board during the peak times. I started queueing around 35 minutes prior to the start of FP2 and as I stepped inside the capsule the first few cars were out on track which was truly magical as the view from the top is amazing. You can clearly see 75% of the circuit as it meanders through the downtown Marina Bay district.

4, Stroll along the Clarke & Boat Quays

After the F1 race in Singapore has finished or on the days when there isn’t any track action, be sure to go for a stroll in the Clarke & Boat Quay areas of the city. For those staying in the Peninsula Excelsior Hotel you can walk a few minutes south west and you will enter the Clarke and Boat Quay areas. If you are staying in the Park Royal on Beach Road then you can walk but in the humidity it will take around 30 minutes so I would suggest a taxi (10 minutes).

There is an abundance of restaurants in this area and the prices are a little higher in Clarke Quay than in Boat Quay as the restaurants are a little more formal. There is a wonderful atmosphere at night here with lots of live music and great bars. The view across the quay is spectacular with the impressive Singapore skyline behind it. It is a really nice place to chill out after the heat and noise of the day.  

5, Have a drink in the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel

It is traditional when visiting Singapore to sit back and relax in the beautiful and historical colonial surroundings of the Long Bar at the world-famous Raffles Hotel. The Long Bar was traditionally where the plantation owners once sat and discussed business and politics but is now a beautiful place to sip on a Singapore Sling and throw your shells from the monkey nuts on the floor. A unique but highly enjoyable experience.

The 2019 Singapore Grand Prix will take place between 20 - 22 September. If you like the sound of it and would like to find our more about our packages to the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, you can visit the event page on our website

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