James Hill: 24 Hours In Singapore Featured

LUXOS founder James Hill shares his top tips for 24 hours in Singapore for the business traveller.

by James Hill 31 July 2017


As a frequent business traveller, hours sometimes feel longer, days roll into one and food can begin to taste the same. However, on my recent trip to Singapore I found the perfect formula to conquest the city in just 24 hours. Read on to discover my top tips to this fantastic international hub.

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As soon as you land into Changi airport, pick up your luggage and download the Uber app. Uber works so efficiently in Singapore that your driver will arrive in around 5 minutes. It goes one further by even letting you know where to find them, from specifying the floor level and gate number. Ideal if you’ve never passed through before, have no idea where to go and don’t want to be late for an important meeting!

in 20 minutes you’ll be downtown. If you’re visiting Singapore for business, a working lunch is in order. For the best dim sum in town I’d recommend Wah Lok, at the Carlton Hotel. The food is fantastic, the service impeccable and the acoustics just right. It ticks all the boxes I look for in a restaurant where I need to talk shop.

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When I travel, whether it be for business or leisure, I like to try and blend with the locals. In Singapore, my favourite secret little spot for this would definitely be to have lunch at the Imperial Treasure; you can find it at the Marina Bay Sands. With delicious Chinese cuisine and stunning views of the Marina Bay waterfront it’s the perfect setting for any kind of occasion. The private dining options are key for those looking for more of a discerning meet.

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Fitting in a little downtime is important to me, I like to go shopping down Orchard Road. Bursting with excellent boutiques, I always find myself going back to Wither and the Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands. As I am already in the area a drink at Spago is a must. This spot is always a hit when I entertain clients and also a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city below.

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For an extra special experience, you could try out Screening Room. A trendy rooftop bar, you can arrange movie screening up here. A nice touch if you’ve got to impress and want to bring the unexpected!

For one of the most spectacular dinners you’ll ever experience, Aura restaurant inside the National Gallery, is the only option. Spanning over two floors of the gallery, you will never take in a more breathtaking view. It’s chic interior sets the tone for the evening, not to mention the exquisite food and wonderful service. Perfect for a business dinner, even better for an intimate occasion. It can be hard to get in here, so i’d plan ahead and book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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My personal favourite place to go, for an after dinner drink, is Employees Only. They create the best cocktails you will find in Singapore and their speakeasy style bar is just what’s needed after a day of negotiations and successes.

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To keep travelling the globe with me and find out all my top spots and secret tips, keep your eyes peeled on LUXOS’s People pages.