Traditionally, both commercial vehicles and pleasure cruisers used the Thames. The river was a key mode of transport for local families and tourists visiting the city.
Dockworkers would often take their children for a boat trip at the weekends up to London Bridge or out to Southend in Essex.
Peg remembers catching a boat from Greenwich pier:
Today, pleasure cruises on the Thames are still a highlight for many tourists visiting London. South East London is now connected with tube lines and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
But for some the river still remains a pleasant and interesting way to get around the city. As the roads become more blocked and the tubes busier, perhaps it will become more widely used.
Chris has taken a river trip from Greenwich to the Thames Barrier at Woolwich:
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