A 'modern, bright and cheery tearoom,' the Teapod experience is enhanced by its lively riverside location, according to Pei. 'All around are renovated warehouses, some of which used to hold exquisite teas and spices from the Orient. It serves bagels and cream teas at reasonable prices and quite a good everyday Oolong which comes in a cute little modern Japanese style teapot. You can also brew your tea with the help of a digital timer screen on the wall.'
Where 31 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YR (020-7407 0000; www.teapod.org)