Thames Clippers operate boats from Putney all the way to Greenwich -- a 15-mile stretch that takes you through the whole of central London.
The boats are aimed at commuters rather than tourists, and the boats don't have as many outside seats as some of the other London cruises, but it can still be an enjoyable way to travel up and down the river.
They make frequent stops along the way, at places like Chelsea, London Eye, Embankment (for Trafalgar Square), Blackfriars (for Temple), Bankside (for Tate Modern and the Globe), London Bridge (for the Shard), Tower Millennium (for the Tower of London and Tower Bridge), Canary Wharf, Greenwich (for the Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory) and North Greenwich (for The O2).
Unfortunately they don't offer one boat that goes the entire way -- if you want to enjoy the entire route then you will have to change boats when you get to the Embankment. All of the boats have snack bars selling food and drink onboard, and they sell day passes too -- so you enjoy a whole day floating up and down the Thames.
Craig has been on this boat himself, and has written a big review, with lots of photos of what you can see out the window.
You might also like to check out the TRS River Cruise and City Cruise before you decide to buy a ticket, as they all operate similar boats from the same piers. Craig has written reviews of those ones as well: TRS River Cruise review, and City Cruises review.
If you fancy something a bit more exciting (eg: terrifying), then how about speeding boat instead? London Rib Voyages offer speed boats up the Thames which will really get your heart pumping.
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