We’ve indulged in rainbow vanilla birthday cake lattes at HomeSF in San Francisco and sipped 3D latte critters at Love to Go near Los Angeles, but nothing prepared us for the caffeine that’s fit for a queen at Élan Café in London.
London is a grey city filled with pops of color and gorgeous flower shops with enticing names like Wild Things and Neill Strain Floral Couture. Élan Café takes serious flower power and combines it with brewtiful drinks.
The decor at Élan is as stunning as the pastries they serve. This should perhaps come as no surprise given that founder Alexandra Miller got her start in the fashion industry.
Flowers are the main focal point at Élan, but the food and coffee aren’t just supporting actors. They hold their own.
Hatched in 2017, Élan is fairly new, but has received plenty of ‘grams due to picture perfect selfie setting and its primo location in London’s tony Mayfair district.
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The coffee shop is literally right around the corner from The Dorchester.
Yes, of course Élan Café is busy and packed. Isn’t that what you’d expect of a newly opened hit café? Did you truly think a delicious coffee shop filled with roses would be empty? Sure, there will probably be a wait for a table, but order a cappuccino to-go and stretch your legs for 20 minutes while budding bloggers at the table ahead of you take their turn snapping photos.
Your best bet is to hit Élan Café either first thing in the morning (which is what we did during our second visit right before our flight back to the States) or head over there late in the evening.
If you don’t get seated next to the flower table (which is downstairs by the way) don’t grouse. If you request the special table, but it requires a bit of a wait, please don’t pout. If you do happen to get seated at it, and everyone around you is taking photos, it goes without saying that that’s just part of the deal and remember, good things come to those who wait.
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After a photo brigade seated beside us took no fewer than a hundred photos with their coffee, our lovely waitress was kindly asked every table in the downstairs area if they wanted a picture in front of the famed table once said selfie squad departed.
Élan’s special brews are the result of a brilliant partnership with East London’s award winning micro roastery Union. Created in 2001, Union was among the British first roasters to source beans directly from farmers. Joao Almeida, who is Élan’s head of coffee operations, works closely with Élan’s resident latte artist, Kunthea Seng (who you’re likely to catch a glimpse of in the shop) to whip up Élan’s whimsical list of alternative lattes.
On Élan’s menu you’ll discover everything from Spanish lattes (made with sweetened condensed milk) to black magic lattes, red velvet lattes and even that magical Lucky Charms latte. Élan’s executive head chef Bradshaw Jooste does a marvelous job mixing everything from açai bowls to hot shakshuka paired with courgette and aubergine to sandwiches on the menu.
We fell head over heels for the shakshuka with feta and we got totally spoiled by Jooste’s homemade English muffin. It’s impossible to not snag at least a few sweet treats on your way out. We’d highly recommend the decadent passion cake (which is made with wheat flour, bananas, pineapple, coconut, carrots, rapseed oil, cinnamon, butter, sugar, eggs, salt and of course passion fruit). We also adored the caramel popcorn blondie, the fig tart and the small, but mighty canelé.
It goes without saying that Élan Café goes beyond being a basic café in many ways.
Miller and her team also just recently launched Élan beauty. The line utilizes coffee by products and remixes them into Earth friendly scrubs and masks you can use on your body, face and hair. The line is made in store for customers and is designed to be used within 24 hours. A trip to Élan Café can be a feast for your eyes and can also quite literally nourish your skin from the inside out.
*Élan also has another location in London on Brompton Road.
Address: 48 Park Lane
Mayfair, London W1K 1PR
Hours: Monday Through Sunday 7:30am to Midnight
Phone: +44 020 7491 8880
Pricing (All in British Pounds): Coffee Drinks £4 to £7.5, Cold Brew £5.9, Alternative Lattes £6 to £7.5, Iced Coffee £4.5 to £5.8, Hot Chocolate £6.5 to £7.5, Tea £6.5 to £7.5, Iced Tea £5.5, Smoothies £8 to £8.5, Freshly Squeezed Juice £5.5, Soft Drinks £3.5 to £5.9, Bowls £6.5, Hot Menu Items £6.5 to £17, Sandwiches £7.5, Cakes (Per Individual Serving) £4.5 to £7.5, Mousse £4.5, Tarts £4.5, Canelés £4.5, Vegan Cakes (Per Individual Serving) £4.5