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 colorful patisserie, I went along to check out Elan Café London for myself.

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 is 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 a tantalizing display of 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 colorful, 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 the food’s the biggest draw at Elan Café London, I’d be wrong. Right at the back of the Brompton Road branch is its star attraction: the rose-covered wall. Halfway through my brunch, I saw a small line beginning to form outside, eagerly waiting their turn.

Presumably they’d booked beforehand for the coveted area, as they were still waiting patiently outside when I left. If you’re planning on visiting London soon, don’t waste time hanging around in lines. Instead, consider pre-booking tickets for some of the top attractions.

 

 

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“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.”

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Burggarten

Elan Cafe menu – what is the food like?

Elan Café London 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 went for the chia porridge with cashew milk, maple syrup and blueberries. It’s one of the most colorful, and not to mention healthiest, brunch items I’ve ever had.

The burst of color of the blueberries, topped with fruit, coconut and edible flowers almost looked too good to eat. The menu also has classic breakfast/brunch items like avocado on sourdough, or egg dishes if chia doesn’t float you boat.

To drink, I ordered a Spanish latte. It’s a velvety rich coffee 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 not so much that I’d order it again.

I was also tempted to order a cake or pastry, but decided against it. While aesthetically tempting, I’m not too keen on cakes and pastries that are left uncovered. I get its purpose in attracting people through the door, but hygiene speaking, I’ll pass.

The verdict on Elan Cafe London

There’s no question that Elan Café’s very instagrammable, but for me, there are far better places in London.

I found the famous rose covered-wall 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. However, the prices are pretty expensive. My latte cost £7.50* (€8.60/$10.66), which even for London is ridiculously high.

Elan Cafe London is ideal for a one-off occasion like a girls’ lunch or Sunday brunch. However, for me, the hype’s more than the reality and for that reason, I’ll be sticking to my regular brunch place.

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Where to stay near Elan Cafe London?

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 London? Did I get it right/wrong? Drop me a note in the comments below!

Till next time, happy and safe travels xx

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