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Several companies operate along the River Thames; only Thames Clippers really offers commuter services, however. It’s fast, pleasant and you’re almost always guaranteed a seat and a view.

Thames Clipper boats run regular services between Embankment, Waterloo (London Eye), Blackfriars, Bankside (Shakespeare's Globe), London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Greenwich, North Greenwich and Woolwich piers from 7.09am to 10.36pm (from 9.31am to 11.31pm on weekends).

Thames Clipper River Roamer tickets (adult/child £19.50/9.75) give the freedom to hop on and hop off boats on most routes all day. Book online for good discounts.

You can get a discount of one-third off the standard fare and off the price of River Roamer tickets if you're a pay-as-you-go Oyster Card holder or Travelcard holder (paper ticket or on Oyster Card). Children under five years travel free on most boats.

Between April and October, Hampton Court Palace can be reached by boat on the 22-mile route along the Thames from Westminster Pier in central London (via Kew and Richmond). The trip can take up to four hours, depending on the tide. Boats are run by Westminster Passenger Services Association.

The London Waterbus Company runs canal boats between Camden Lock and Little Venice.