Robin Gauldie spends 48 hours in Greenwich
Check in at the four-star Hotel Greenwich Mercure (Catherine Grove, London SE10 8FR, tel: 020 8469 4440; www.accorhotels.com).
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.
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.
Browse Greenwich Market (www.greenwichmarketlondon.com) and savour the global street food.
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).
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.
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.
Enjoy live jazz at Oliver’s Jazz Bar (9 Nevada Street, tel: 020 8858 3693; www.oliversjazzbar.co.uk).
Visit the Royal Observatory (Greenwich Park, £9.50; www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory), birthplace of modern astronomy in Britain.
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)
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)