Marks & Spencer (Cutty Sark)

An insanely busy food-only store next to the Cutty Sark plaza. It sells all the usual M&S favourites – good for day trippers or lazy people like me (try the caramel shortbread squares – utterly divine – better, even, than many deli ‘home-made’ versions, IMHO) but expect to queue longer than it took you to get to Greenwich in the first place. Nowhere near enough tills – often the queue stretches round at least half, sometimes more of the shop, though at least the assistants greet you with an apologetic, if beleaguered smile.

The rest of the bit around Cutty Sark DLR is a huge disappointment – Ottakars excepting – a horrid, horrid pub, a mobile phone store, a tatty Superdrug which always looks like it’s in the middle of a stocktake, one of those vile Subway fast food outlets and a cash machine which steals your money, then nabs your card.

They are opening another M&S Food at Blackheath Standard where Somerfield has just closed (causing much parking chaos, BTW – beware.) I hope that’s not the kiss of death for the lovely butchers and bakers.

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