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 13th). 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. This Pancake Day let your eyes be bigger than your stomach and indulge in a stack of The Breakfast Club’s beautifully fluffy and delicious pancakes.
There’s no need to book and you can find them at various across London including in Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Battersea Rise.
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 in London and you’ll find them in 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-the-top pancake options that you’ve ever seen. Current specials include such delicious concoctions as ‘Oreo Oblivion’ (butterscotch pancakes topped with Oreo Thins, strawberries, crushed Oreos, ice cream, chocolate sauce and cream) and ‘My Happy Kinder’ (butterscotch pancakes topped with Kinder Happy Hippos, Kinder Eggs, banana, ice cream, chocolate nibs and chocolate sauce). I don’t know about you, but we’re hungry just thinking about it.
If you prefer crepes to the fluffy American style pancake, then you might want to take a look at Le Merlin in East London. Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer a savoury treat, Le Merlin has you covered.
Their crepe toppings range from the classic lemon and sugar to flambéed pear with chocolate sauce, and the savoury galettes include such tasty delights as the traditional ham and cheese or confit duck with blue cheese sauce, truffle flavoured honey and caramelised onions. Whatever you fancy they really do have something for everyone.
Pancake day in London – 2018 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 couple of the many noteworthy Pancake Day races in London happening on 13th February.
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 those who are socially excluded. The race is for a fantastic cause and great fun for everyone involved.
Flipping Marvellous London Bridge City Pancake Race
Raising money for not one but two local charities (London Bubble Theatre Company and Mayor’s Fund for London) the Flipping Marvellous London Bridge Pancake Race is not just your average Pancake Day race. This is a Shrove Tuesday triathlon with a treasure hunt, race and flip off.
Last year those taking part in this race raised £3000 to help vulnerable young people within the city, so why not head over to the website to sign your team up and see if you can help beat last year’s total!
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!