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Pancake Day in London – the best places to eat on Shrove Tuesday 2019

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 March 5th).

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.

On Pancake Day you can also take part in their 12 pancakes in 12 minutes challenge!

There’s no need to book and you can find them at various locations across London, including in Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Battersea Rise.

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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; 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.

Where the Pancakes Are

Now this is a pancake house with a difference! Southwark based Where the Pancakes Are offers a menu full of savoury and sweet delights. Boasting an all-day pancake menu and an evening menu, Where the Pancakes Are is a perfect place to visit at any time of the day.

There is so much to choose from with a menu that includes classic American style pancakes, pulled beef pastrami (two pancakes, slow-cooked brisket, cheddar cheese, sauerkraut, gherkins, 1000 island sauce, kale slaw and toasted fennel seeds) and banana praline marshmallow (one or two pancakes, banana, hazelnut sunflower cocoa nip praline, basil marshmallow and chocolate or salted caramel) you are guaranteed to find your new favourite pancake dish.

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Pancake Races 2019

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 5th March.

Greenwich Market Pancake Races

Grab your pancake loving friends and colleagues and head over to Greenwich Market for the annual Pancake Day race. The race is free to enter, and everyone who takes part gets a free pancake. Go a step further and compete in fancy dress to raise money for The Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

Better Bankside Pancake Day Race

Watch local businesses team up to show off their pancake flipping skills at Borough Market. It costs £30 per team to take part (free to watch), and all money raised goes to a local charity.

Leadenhall Market Pancake Race

Teams from law, banking and accountancy firms race each other around Leadenhall Market in an attempt to win the frying pan trophy and free pancakes. If you are watching the race there will be plenty of pancakes and drinks available from the Lamb Tavern.

Photo by Jonathan Vines for London Bubble Theatre

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…

So start practicing your flipping technique as Pancake Day will be here before you know it!