You start at Chelsea Embankment before making your way past landmarks such as Battersea Power Station, Westminster Palace, the London Eye and Shakespeare’s Globe. Sure, you can ride around on an open-top bus or hire a boat but paddling up the Thames, under your own steam, gives you an idea of how central the river is to the life of the capital.

Until December 18
Cremorne Riverside, Lots Rd, SW10 0QH 
Tube: West Brompton