As much as I love finding a hidden jewel when travelling, I don’t mind heading for the more ‘basic’ options too. After all, a coffee shop which is entirely pink, and covered from floor to ceilings in velvet and flowers basically sounds like heaven – so I had to to visit.
Elan Cafes have become a popular spot in the city, with six locations in central London to choose from. I’d been warned off the Selfridges’ in-store cafe, so when we were heading to the V&A to visit the Dior exhibit, we stopped into the Brompton Road branch, to see what all the fuss was about.
From the oversized floral heart in the window, to the full-sized cherry tree draped over the bar, the cafe truly is dreamy. Jewel-like confections sit in the window, and you can enjoy everything from coffee to full-on meals from morning until late evening. There are some real instagram-only confections (I’m looking at you Lucky Charm Latte) which you’d be pushed to actually order, but there’s everything from avocado on sourdough to patisseries to enjoy.
Since neither of us are particularly breakfast-y people, we opted to enjoy a couple of iced lattes, which were delicious, and I even headed back for their Lime Iced Tea when I needed to sit and deal with a few emails for an hour.
Since the cafes are so busy, they operate on a walk-in basis, so if you’re planning those instagram shots, you might want to get in early!