Tei is a neighborhood in Bucharest, Romania - Sector 2. The name comes from the name of the lake in this area: Lacul Tei (Linden Tree Lake). The name of the lake comes from the linden woods that existed around him in the past. At the beginning of the 19th century, the area belonged to the Ghica family, who build the Orthodox church "Biserica Teiul Doamnei Ghika" and, in 1822 the Ghica palace (Palatul Ghica). Around 1900, the area south of the "Calea Lacul Teiului" (today "Bulevardul Lacul Tei") have been sold to Bulgarian gardenders (called "sârbi"). After the First World war, on the grounds located north and southeast of the "Calea Lacul Teiului" have been built with houses. During the Nicolae Ceauşescu era, many apartment buildings, as well as the Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest and the State Circus have been built.
Still today, in the neighbourhoods there are a lot of linden trees, and when they are in bloom, they spread a strong scent. Tei has developed in the last few years from a middle-class neighbourhood into an upper-class one with many mansions being built recently.