Is Elan Cafe London worth visiting?

 

On a rare sunny March day, I decided to check out one London cafe that’s been popping up all over Instagram. With its flower-themed décor and colourful patisserie, I went along to see for myself whether Elan Café’s actually any good.

Where can I find Elan Café?

At the time of writing, there are 2 branches of Elan Café in London. The largest is on Brompton Road. It’s much larger than the Park Lane café, and makes for a spacious and more memorable experience.

Elan Café Brompton Road is within minutes’ walk of South Kensington tube station. For readers unfamiliar with London, South Kensington’s the capital’s museum district. Here, you’ll find the Natural History Museum and one of my favorites, the V&A Museum. Further down the road heading east is the grand shopping mecca that’s Harrods.

Does Elan Café London live up to the hype?

Through the wonders of social media, and good PR, I came across Elan Café on Facebook. The article hailed it as the ‘most instagrammable café in London’, and just like that, I wanted to know more.

I arrived around 11.15am and was happy to see no line outside the door. A giant heart-shaped floral display beams in the window, surrounded by many delicious cakes and pastries. Upon entering the café, the atmosphere’s buzzing but civil, and I was lucky to get seated right away.

It’s easy to see why Elan Cafe has earned the coveted title. Romantic in feel, the detail in décor, and the colourful, if not girly, theme is everywhere. From the heart-shaped window display, to the replica cherry blossom tree, there’s plenty of Instagram opportunities. Ironically, I didn’t see that many patrons that day simply doing it for the ‘gram’.

While I’d like to say it’s the food at Elan Café that draws the people in, I’d be wrong. Right at the back of the Brompton Road branch is its biggest attraction: the rose-covered wall. Halfway through my brunch, I saw a small line beginning to form outside waiting their turn to sit by the wall of the roses.

Presumably they’d booked beforehand, and were still waiting patiently outside when I left. If you’re planning on visiting London soon, don’t find yourself wasting time in any lines. Instead, consider pre-booking tickets for some of the top attractions, like these below.

 

 

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“A giant heart-shaped floral display beams in the window, surrounded by many delicious cakes and pastries.”

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera
Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“Romantic in feel, the detail in décor, and the colourful, if not girly, theme is everywhere.”

FOLLOWING THE RIVERA

Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera
Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“From the heart-shaped window display, to the replica cherry blossom tree, there’s plenty of Instagram opportunities.”

FOLLOWING THE RIVERA

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Burggarten

What’s the food like at Elan Cafe?

Elan Café has a great choice when it comes to the food. They serve an all-day breakfast and brunch menu, along with tempting cakes and pastries too.

I had a tough time deciding what to order, but eventually settled for the chia porridge with cashew milk, maple syrup and blueberries. Needless to say, it’s one of the most colourful, and not to mention healthiest, brunch items I’ve ever had.

The burst of colour of the blueberries, topped with fruit, coconut and edible flowers looked too good to eat. If you prefer classic breakfast/brunch items like avocado on sourdough, or egg dishes, the menu has something for everyone.

For afters, I ordered a Spanish latte. A velvety smooth coffee, it’s sweetened by Spanish condensed milk. Truthfully, I didn’t taste much difference — they could’ve added sugar for all I know. However, I did enjoy it, but wouldn’t order it again.

I was also tempted to order a cake or pastry, but decided against it. While aesthetically pleasing, I’m not keen on cakes and pastries left uncovered, which it was during my visit.

The verdict

All in all, Elan Café’s very instagrammable, but for me, there are other places in London that deserve the title.

The famous rose covered-wall’s underwhelming in person, and I credit filters for portraying a different image on social media!

It’s a nice café with a pretty interior, pretty food and helpful staff.

The prices are on the expensive side —my latte cost £7.50 (€8.60/$10.66), which even for London is ridiculously high.

It’s a good choice for a start to a girls’ day out, or Sunday brunch, but not for an everyday occurrence.

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“Refreshing, compact in size and a whirlwind of flavours, it’s a sweet, yet delicate, way to end the meal.”

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Where to stay near Elan Cafe?

The superb Fleming’s Mayfair is a great luxury choice in the city. This 5-star luxury boutique hotel’s in the plush neighborhood of Mayfair and close to the cafe. Read my review here. If you’re looking for a more local experience, use my Airbnb code to get 20% off your first booking.



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What are your thoughts on Elan Café? Did I get it right/wrong? Drop me a note in the comments below!

Happy and safe travels xx

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