Travel: 48 hours in Greenwich

Cutty Sark, the 19th-century clipper in Greenwich, south-east London, Picture: PA

Cutty Sark, the 19th-century clipper in Greenwich, south-east London, Picture: PA

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Robin Gauldie spends 48 hours in Greenwich

Friday, 7pm

Check in at the four-star Hotel Greenwich Mercure (Catherine Grove, London SE10 8FR, tel: 020 8469 4440; www.accorhotels.com).

8pm

Splash out on dinner at Craft London (Peninsula Square SE10, tel:020 8465 5910; www.craft-london.co.uk). It’s around £80 a head, but worth it.

Saturday, 10am

Take the Docklands Light Railway to Cutty Sark station to visit Greenwich’s flagship attraction. Clyde-­built, designed by an Inverbervie man and named after Tam O’­Shanter’s nemesis, Cutty Sark (www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark; £18.50) is a sailing icon.

Midday

Browse Greenwich Market (www.greenwichmarketlondon.com) and savour the global street food.

2pm

Discover the real­ life stories of pirates, admirals and powder monkeys at the National Maritime Museum (Romney Road SE10 9NF; www.rmg.co.uk/national­maritime­museum).

4pm

Visit the Old Royal Naval College (King William Walk SE10 9NN, tel: 020 8269 4799, free; www.ornc.org) to admire the splendid Painted Hall.

7pm

Cocktails, then dinner, at Rivington Greenwich (178 Greenwich High Road, tel: 020 8293 9270; www.rivingtongrill.co.uk) where a seafood dinner for two will cost 
from £70.

9pm

Enjoy live jazz at Oliver’s Jazz Bar (9 Nevada Street, tel: 020 8858 3693; www.oliversjazzbar.co.uk).

Sunday, 10am

Visit the Royal Observatory (Greenwich Park, £9.50; www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory), birthplace of modern astronomy in Britain.

1pm

Walk through Greenwich Park to the riverside for Sunday lunch at the Trafalgar Tavern (Park Row, London SE10 9NW, tel: 020 8858 2909; www.trafalgartavern.co.uk)

4pm

Travel back to central London by river (from Greenwich Pier, MBNA ThamesClippers; www.thamesclippers.com). Get off at London Bridge for the Tube.

• Greenwich is around 25 minutes from King’s Cross by Northern Line and Docklands Light Railway. Two nights at the Mercure London Greenwich with breakfast and train from Edinburgh from £212pp (tel: 0800 042 0288; www.superbreak.com)

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