Singapore is set to rev up its engines for a four-day spectacular Grand Prix season this month. Last year’s Singapore Grand Prix event made international headlines, attracting A-listers from around the globe to wine, dine, perform, party – and even watch a little racing.
This year, the event looks set to be even bigger and better. Taking place between 20th – 22nd September 2013 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, hip travellers looking for exciting things to do in Singapore this year will be hard pressed to find a more glamorous introduction to the city.
As well as the three days of pulse-raising racing, there’s a full eleven day festival packed with buzzing after-parties at the city’s most glamorous nightspots, performances by some of the world’s hottest pop acts, exhibitions and gastronomic delights to get your adrenalin pumping.
Want to know what things to do in Singapore while you’re there? Here’s our guide to what not to miss!
Escape life in the fast lane and sample some of the finer things in life. For a bit of cerebral escape check out the The Art of Collecting by the Singapore Pinacothèque gallery, featuring an exquisite exhibition by artist Marc Restellini.
Some of the hottest acts from around the globe are paying a visit to Singapore to sing their hearts out and help the Grand Prix festival get into full swing. Our unmissable picks to watch out for include Rihanna and The Killers, Tom Jones and Bob Geldof, rising UK soul star Laura Mvula, and the spectacular closing concert on Monday 23rd featuring none other than Justin Bieber.
It’s also a great place to get to know some of Singapore’s finest musical exports – watch out for the supremely talented guitar and violin folk duo Zsa and Claire, the samba rhythms and street beats of Soul Percussion and the raw rock ‘n’ roll of the Redtail Cats.
For tasty daytime treats, Singapore’s exclusive Bacchanalia is hosting a series of brunch events for the duration of the GPS weekend. Each brunch is decorated with a different theme that will get you into the champagne-fuelled party mode, as well as serving up some of the finest culinary delights Singapore has to offer.
Forget the designer stores and shopping malls. If you’re looking for unique things to do in Singapore you want something a little off the beaten track. An essential stop for any shopaholic on the lookout for one-off pieces, crafts, vintage finds and great gifts is the Public Garden. This great initiative features a pop-up market, home to local arts and crafts talent and Singapore’s coolest budding entrepreneurs – and they’re hosting a special event to coincide with the Grand Prix weekend.
If you’re looking for some star-studded nighttime action, Amber Lounge is definitely the place to be this GPS season. The only club in town that offers up views of the Grand Prix night race, the action moves straight from the racetrack to the dancefloor. This year there’s a Saturday night F1 fashion show to lap up, as well as world-class DJs and musicians keeping you grooving all night long.
Where to stay
The Singapore F1 Grand Prix is big news for the city, attracting over 150,000 visitors over the past four years – so booking your accommodation ahead of time is recommended. The racetrack area and surrounding streets will be closed to traffic to allow festivalgoers to make their way to and from the track and venues more easily – but that means it’s harder to reach hotels and B&Bs out of town.
For the best views, and to avoid getting stuck in a taxi for hours, stick to central hotels within walking distance of the track. Here are some of our favourites:
Pan Pacific Orchard
Just five minutes drive away from the F1 circuit, this hotel recently underwent a massive S$10 million makeover, vamping up the hotel spa and adding luxurious executive suites. Guests can enjoy the city’s only mineral water swimming pool, as well as the specially laid on Ultimate City Grand Prix package, which includes a three-day Pit Grandstand ticket.
One of the most popular hotels in Singapore, this hotel is at the heart of the F1 action. You’ll find the closest view of the track here courtesy of the Fullerton’s rooftop viewing platform, with the Quay Room providing the ultimate racetrack view. Rooms do sell out fast, but its sister hotel, The Fullerton Bay, is also a great option just across the street. You can check out the Fullerton’s full array of race packages here.
Get to grips with everything the Singapore Grand Prix 2013 event has to offer, and explore further things to do on your trip with the handy official Grand Prix Season Singapore mobile app:
Singapore GP Mobile App