In April I decided to visit my friend in London for the weekend, and I couldn’t resist the chance to visit the famous Élan Cafe. The cafe has two branches, both as beautiful as each other and their pink decor and floral walls makes this cafe a blogger and instagrammer hot spot! So on a sunny Saturday me and my friend eagerly headed to Élan Cafe on park lane, with our excitement being driven by the beautiful photographs we had seen of the cafe on Instagram.
Arriving at Élan Cafe
Upon arriving at the cafe we were greeted by a large que outside of people waiting to be seated. Due to it being such a lovely day me and my friend did not mind waiting around 20-30 minutes to get a table, so we joined the back of the que. However after 30 minutes the que had hardly moved but we did not want to leave as we had already waited so long. Finally after a whole 60 minutes we managed to be seated! Walking into the cafe we were greeted by the cute chic interior which was any bloggers dream! The cafe itself was quite small which explained why the wait was so long but now seated me and my friend were served immediately by a friendly and helpful waitress.
The Food & Drink
I could hardly decide what to eat, because the array of cakes in the window all looked amazing and I wish I could have tried every single one of them! Upon looking at the menu what first noticed about the menu was that the prices were quite expensive, but this was proportionate considering we were in the Mayfair area of London, and Èlan wasn’t exactly your standard costa style cafe! The menu hosted a vast array of hot and cold drinks, with good selection of plant based milk substitutes available for vegans (soy, almond, rice, oat and cashew milk. There were also many cakes to choose from and some brunch options. I opted for a flat white, a smoked salmon and pomegranate molasses open flatbread sandwich, followed by a chocolate mousse cake which in total set me back £17.30 (not including the service charge). All of the food and drink arrived promptly, and I only have one word for it – AMAZING! The presentation was beautiful and I have to say everything tasted so good that I’d eat there everyday if I could.
Would I Return to Élan?
Although I had a lovely time at Élan Cafe, I would be reluctant to visit there again due to the wait time. Also after waiting 60 minutes to get in we saw on the menu you could only stay in the cafe for a maximum of 45 minutes which meant we were standing outside the cafe waiting longer than we were seated inside. I can’t fault the food and drink there, and would love to go again if only the waiting time was less. But overall, me and my friend enjoyed ourself and got some fab pictures for the ‘gram to go with it! Want to try Élan for yourself? You can visit their website here.
What’s your favourite ‘instagrammer’ location in London?