Jet powered rib ride is a London thrill attraction
Rib rides on the Thames are nothing new but a fresh experience from Bermondsey-based City Cruises promises to be a step up in the adrenalin stakes.
The group, better known for genteel sightseeing tours of the river, has invested in a vessel with two engines each having the power of a Land Rover.
It says while other Thames ribs have propeller engines, this is the first jet-powered rib operating in the capital, promising more twists and turns on a white knuckle adventure.
Kyle Haughton, managing director of City Cruises, said of the attraction, which was launched two weeks ago: "We're bringing a theme park ride to central London. You don't have to go to Thorpe Park or Chessington for those kinds of thrills anymore - you can get them right here.
"So far we've had a real mixture of people taking part - from adrenalin junkies to old people but they're all getting off and saying 'wow'.
"There's everything you want from a tourist attraction in London."
City Cruises calls its ThamesJet experience "awesome aquabatics" although fitting in with the central London speed limits, the ride begins at a more leisurely pace.
Gravel-voiced Alan Ford - best known as the fearsome Brick Top in Guy Ritchie's film Snatch - provided the commentary, as we take a tour of iconic landmarks such as Houses of Parliament, the Tate Modern and the Tower of London.
After the boat makes its way through Tower Bridge the jets power up and we're along the Thames, slaloming down to Canary Wharf with music blaring.
The only reminder we're not on a theme park ride comes because we're not strapped in but, instead, lifejackets provide the safety as we roar along at 35 knots.
Afterwards, passengers are given a film of their ride in HD to take home.
Director Mathew Beckwith said: "Our ThamesJet boat Blue Thunder offers a new experience for Londoners and tourists alike, giving them the chance to feature in their own movie while seeing the sights of our great city.
"Blue Thunder is a special bit of kit that allows us to do more that other boats on the Thames."
50-minute journeys to Canary Wharf start at £35 for adults and £21 for under 15s. Rides to the Thames Barrier which take 75 minutes cost £49 and £30.