Ready, steady…flip! That’s right get your frying pans ready as it’s time to celebrate Pancake Day in London (it falls this year on February 28th). Want to make pancakes at home, partake in a pancake day race or visit one of London’s best restaurants? We’ve found the perfect places and events for you this Shrove Tuesday.
Best places to go for pancakes on Shrove Tuesday
There are so many fantastic restaurants to choose from in London so let us make the job easier with our favourites for Pancake Day in London.
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club and their bottomless boozy brunches is a firm favourite of ours any time of the year. However for Pancake Day they do something a little but different that we love the sound of.
Fancy filling your boots with delicious fluffy pancakes whilst raising money for charity? You’ll have to have a go at their annual Pancake Day Challenge! The challenge (should you choose to accept it) is to eat a stack of 12 pancakes in 12 minutes. Beat the clock and your meal is free, or if your eyes were bigger than your stomach then pay the full price. If you lose all the profits are donated to a local charity – last year they raised over £2,000!
There’s no need to book and there are various outposts across London including in Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Hoxton.
My Old Dutch
If you want to go all out, then My Old Dutch Pancake House is somewhere you have to visit. They have three locations Kensington, Holborn and Chelsea. Unsurprisingly as a Pancake House on Pancake Day they are usually very busy but it’s definitely worth the wait.
These are not your usual fluffy American style pancakes or lemon and sugar covered crepes, oh no. At My Old Dutch you’ll find the most amazing, over indulgent pancake options that you’ve ever seen. Current specials include such delicious concoctions as ‘Star Trek on Nutella’ (butterscotch pancakes topped with Nutella, Milky Way stars, Maltesers, Ferrero Rocher, crushed Cadbury Crunchie and vanilla ice cream) and ‘Butterscotch Magnifique’ (butterscotch pancakes topped with Ferrero Rocher, white Kinder Bueno, Oreo’s and Nutella and Cocotella ice cream). I don’t know about you, but we’re hungry just thinking about it.
Here East – Pancake Party at Canalside
Here East in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is home to various businesses, shops, and restaurants. This year for Pancake Day they’re hosting a canalside pancake party. Entrance is free and the events runs from 12 pm to 7 pm.
You’ll find plenty happening on the day with flipping and tasting competitions, games and a variety of other entertainment to keep you occupied. Enjoy sampling pancake dishes from local restaurants Shane’s, Gotto, MOTHER, The Breakfast Club, Mason & Co and Randy’s Wing Bar. The event is kid-friendly with activities for your little ones running from 3-5 pm.
Pancake day in London – 2017 pancake races
Pancake Day in London wouldn’t be the same without adults in fancy dress flipping pancakes for a good cause. Here are just a few of the many and most noteworthy Pancake Day races in London happening on 28th February.
Greenwich Market Pancake Day races
Greenwich Market is hosting two days of races in honour of Pancake Day this year. Join them on 25th February for their Flippin’ Big Warm up before the grand final on Shrove Tuesday.
The races start at noon on both days and you can enter as a team or individually. Pancakes will be served throughout and they’ll be collecting donations for the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.
Find out more about the races on the Greenwich Market website where you can also register your interest.
Great Spitalfields Pancake Race
The annual Great Spitalfields Pancake Race held at The Old Truman’s Brewery raises funds for the London Air Ambulance. Teams of four (in fancy dress) run whilst flipping their crepes in this yearly charity event. Winners are rewarded with the specially engraved winners frying pan – a must for any pancake fan.
Register in advance to take part or enter on the day if you bring a donation. Entrants are greeted with hot pancakes and should aim to arrive at 12:15, with the race starting at 12:30.
Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race
Fancy watching members of the House of Commons, House of Lords and political correspondents navigate a race course flipping pancakes? All in the aid of a good cause of course.
The Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race has been going on for 20 years. MP’s, Lords and press don aprons and chef hats in Victoria Tower Gardens, ready to run the gauntlet. It’s an annual tradition and consequently gains coverage from the likes of the BBC, ITN and CNN.
Rehab do great work in providing independence and an enhanced life to people with disabilities or who are socially excluded. The race is for a fantastic cause and great fun for everyone involved.
Simple pancake recipes
It’s always fun making your own pancakes, even if half of them end up on the ceiling. You can fill them with anything your heart desires and they are simple enough that kids can get involved too. We like this easy traditional pancake recipe and this delicious fluffy American-style buttermilk pancake recipe. The hardest thing about making these pancakes is deciding which tasty topping you want on yours!
Start practicing your flipping technique as Pancake Day will be here before you know it!
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