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;


Splash out on dinner at Craft London (Peninsula Square SE10, tel:020 8465 5910; 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 (; £18.50) is a sailing icon.


Browse Greenwich Market ( 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;­maritime­museum).


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


Cocktails, then dinner, at Rivington Greenwich (178 Greenwich High Road, tel: 020 8293 9270; 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;

Sunday, 10am

Visit the Royal Observatory (Greenwich Park, £9.50;, 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;


Travel back to central London by river (from Greenwich Pier, MBNA ThamesClippers; 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;