The river is navigable to large ocean-going ships as far as the Pool of
London and London Bridge. Today little commercial traffic passes above the
docks at Tilbury and central London sees only the occasional visiting
cruise ship or warship, moored alongside HMS Belfast and a few smaller
aggregate or refuse vessels, operating from wharves in the west of London.
Both the tidal river through London and the non-tidal river upstream are
intensively used for leisure navigation.