Elan Café: An afternoon at one of London’s most beautiful coffee destinations

If you have an account on Instagram and you haven’t heard of Elan café then where have you been?! I have wanted to visit Elan for quite a while and finally got round to it last week. It almost feels strange to call this a café as that word makes me think of greasy spoons selling ‘all you can eat’ fry up breakfasts and this couldn’t be anything further from that!

Elan is known for their stunning interiors and their success continues to grow. There is now a store in Knightsbridge, Park Lane, and a brand new location just off of Oxford Street. They are also in the process of opening as a concession in Selfridges.

The Food

Elan serves breakfasts, brunches, lunches, cakes and coffees in a beautiful pink and floral paradise. The breakfasts consist of colourful and elegant dishes such as chia porridge with almond milk, gorgeous waffles decorated with flowers and with blueberries as well as bright fruit bowls that look almost too pretty to eat!

For savoury day time options you can choose from delights such as flat breads with grilled peppers and chicken, avocado topped sourdough bread and lamb or feta Shashouka.

The cakes

The cakes are what I was most excited about though and there was a gorgeous selection as expected. The brightly coloured croissants looked amazing and really stood out on the counter. I finally decided on a pretty little cake called Pearl and Groove in the salted caramel option. It had a little piece of popcorn on the top and a rice paper disc with it’s name on which was a cute touch. All of the cakes are decorated beautifully and it was a difficult decision to make!

To go with this I ordered a Flora tea called Lily Fairy which came in a rose gold cafetiere and the flower bud sat inside. The waitress explained that once you have lowered the press, you need to wait for a few minutes so the flower bud can open and give out the flavour. I’m not sure I did it right though as it didn’t taste of anything other than hot water which was a bit disappointing. There wasn’t a fragrance to it either which I was hoping for. I wouldn’t recommend ordering this type of tea – the fruit tea option would have been much nicer.

image: Elan

Interior and ambience

This was the other main reason that I really wanted to visit an Elan café as you cannot deny how stunning they are! From pretty blush pink seating, to marble tables, Instagrammable flower walls and huge displays of blooms. They have it all and you are surrounded by such a gorgeous environment. As it was Halloween recently, they had a beautiful wreath outside which was decorated with skull heads and pink flowers. Inside there were also pumpkins with a girlie twist and cute slogans dotted about.

Final thoughts

Elan was every bit as beautiful as I had hoped and I really enjoyed visiting. It is not the cheapest of places but it was worth going for the overall experience. The cakes were delicious, I was just a bit disappointed with the hot water (tea) that I had but don’t let that put you off going as it really is a fabulous place to go to!

Have you been to one of the Elan Cafes? Let me know which one you went to and what you ordered in the comments below!

 

 

A morning spent at The Biscuiteers boutique, Notting Hill

I first heard of the Biscuiteers company around 5 years ago after reading a magazine article about them. Since then, they have become hugely popular and their Notting Hill branch has been voted as one of London’s most Instagrammable places so I just had to go and visit the store for myself.

Based near to Portobello market, the boutique is in a pretty little street and as soon as you see the outside you just know you are in for a treat. This is not the sort of store that you get to see every day so I was so excited to have a look inside!

The perfect gift..

One of their mottos is ‘why send flowers when you can send biscuits?’ and I couldn’t agree more. They literally have a biscuit design covering all themes and occasions, from birthdays to weddings to sport events such as Wimbledon, fashion themes, animals – you name it, they have it all covered, and there’s something for everyone. Imagine receiving a beautiful box of luxury hand iced biscuits – it would be such a lovely gift to open (and to eat of course!)

The designs..

Walking around the store looking at all of the biscuits was so much fun and I felt like a big kid. Children and adults would definitely both get a lot of enjoyment looking at everything in this store and you cant help but get excited. I just love all of the colours and quirky little details and everywhere you turn leads you onto a new design that makes you smile.

Towards the back of the store is a small seating area so you can have a drink and a biscuit while you are there. We were lucky enough to get a table right outside the front of the store and I had a pot of tea and a little Dalmatian biscuit which was divine! The biscuits kind of have a slight chew to them with a sweet crunchy icing. Downstairs in the store they host icing workshops where you can learn how to ice your own biscuits which sounds so much fun, as well as a high tea experience.

A little treat for myself..

I had to treat myself to a box and chose a selection of 4 biscuits in the shape of some of my favourite ice lollys. I am obsessed with lollys all year round so I had to get these as I fell in love with them! The biscuits and gift sets are quite pricey but when you see the level of detail that has gone into making them and the quality of them, this really does justify the price. I think the most expensive tin that I saw was £50 but there were a lot of biscuits inside and it would make such a luxurious gift for a special occasion. I would keep the tin afterwards to store things in as even the boxes are gorgeous and I don’t think I could bear to throw it away.

I highly recommend paying them a visit as I had such a fun experience. They have 2 boutiques to choose from. The one I went to in Notting Hill and another one based in Battersea South London. Let me know in the comments if you have been before or if you do decide to go. I would love to hear your thoughts and of course to find out what you bought as you won’t be leaving there empty handed I promise you!

  

Morning treats at Peggy Porschen

It is probably one of the most popular images that you will see on Instagram at the moment but with good reason! The Peggy Porschen cake parlour truly is one of a kind. I have been past this shop several times over the years but have never actually visited, but after seeing so many fabulous photographs online I just had to go and see if it was as amazing as everyone was saying.

Located in Belgravia, and a short walk from Victoria Station, as you start to get closer you can see the beautiful pink building in the distance. It is covered in pretty hanging flowers and pastel colour wooden bee hives by the front door, and there is a selection of tables outside the front. The road itself has a lot of lovely stores, many of which are covered in large flowers which is so nice to see and an Instgrammers dream for the perfect photo opportunity! If you visit Peggy Porschen I recommend walking up the street to have a look around the area as it really feels like a secret little part of London. Even the local chemist is covered in hanging lilac wisteria.

We were seated very quickly and were handed a pretty menu to look through but we decided to go into the actual store to have a look at the rows of cakes that were available to help with the decision making. Choosing which one to have is the hard part!  There were rows and rows of stunning cupcakes decorated with real attention to detail, as well as beautiful whole cakes which you can have a generous slice of. I decided on a slice of the English strawberry and champagne cake which was so light and delicious I was really impressed. Alongside this I had the classic English pot of tea. I love how all of the plates and tableware are all pink, running along with the whole colour scheme of the brand. At the moment there is a special Summer collection as part of the menu, including a really sweet range around bees, named Queen Bee. You can view this new special range here

I really loved the whole experience of visiting Peggy Porschen and definitely recommend it if you are ever in London.

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