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Published November 3rd 2012
Try some delicious home-blended teas
Real tea lovers will love Teapod, the funky little café at Shad Thames, near Tower Bridge, which serves and sells quality loose leaf teas, as well as a wide range of soft drinks, light meals, cream teas, cakes and coffee.
Almost 20 varieties of black, blue, green, white, red, herbal and iced tea are available at Teapod for about £2.20 a cup or £4 a pot, along with speciality teas including spicy chai masala and vanilla tea latte. If you don't fancy a tea, you can try one of Teapod's real fruit or speciality smoothies or soft drinks, such as Belvoir elderflower presse or ginger and apple fruit infusion. The usual variety of coffees and hot chocolate is also available.
As an accompaniment to your tea, you can choose from a food menu, which includes filled, toasted bagels, soup, jacket potatoes, and quiches for between £4 and £6. Smaller meals for kids, such as beans on toast, are available for about £3. There is also a good selection of homemade cakes. Alternatively, why not go the whole hog and try Teapod's afternoon tea, which includes sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea?
You can take home Teapod's master-blended loose leaf teas by buying them in the store or online. Don't forget to pick up the colourful cards by the door before you leave, which provide preparation and serving suggestions for some of their teas.
Located on the ground floor of one of Shad Thames' converted warehouses, Teapod's signature pea green frontage means it is not easy to miss, and its friendly, informal staff and ambience, with colourful teapots adorning one wall, make for a very pleasurable break from exploring this historic area south of the Thames. Free WiFi is available in this and its other store at the Fashion and Textile Museum a short walk away in Bermondsey, along with newspapers and music.
The nearest underground tube station is about 11 minutes walk away on the other side of the river at Tower Hill on the circle and district line. Bermondsey underground station on the jubilee line is about 16 minutes walk away on the same side of the river.