Arrival at The Strand in 1923 and the Bar at The Strand today
A book of history, stories and memories of all the artists and writers who found inspiration at The Strand. "The Strand" — what a name in South East Asian hotel industry! Talbot Kelly left us wonderful paintings and travel descritptions. George Orwell visited. Somerset Maugham wrote :‘. . . if I could plunge into that enigmatic life and lose myself in it as a cup of water thrown overboard is lost in the Irrawaddy . . . ’
Together with Raffles in Singapore and the E&O in Penang, The Strand has always been considered one of the most British ‘colonial’ hotels of South-East Asia. But in fact it was conceived, built and run by an Armenian family firm: the Sarkies (see Legendary Stories below).
'After an afternoon of sight-seeing, we return to The Strand’s lobby, sipping Myanmar high tea (truly fashionable: the famous Strand bakery supplies basket with pastries, accompanied by gooseberry jam, banana muffins, jam tarts and honeycomb ice-cream for the kids) to the soothing sounds of the harp and xylophone. The kitchen has earned fame, a head butler is in charge of the comfort of all in-house guests. It is an oasis in this demanding world.'
Our new book gives you a deep insight into the hotel's history and life. For more information please visit the links below, including the hotel's history.