Pancake Day is about to be bigger and batter than ever before.
Pancake Day has once again crêped up on us and while our cupboards may be empty of all the necessary ingredients, mercifully London’s best restaurants are ready and raring to fill your face with some flipping good food. With the excitement really stacking up, it’s time to unveil our hotspots for the most heavenly pancakes the city has to offer.
1. Where The Pancakes Are, London Bridge
To celebrate Shrove Tuesday and an impressive five years in the pancake flipping business, Where The Pancakes Are will be extending their opening hours, from 7.30am-9.30pm, and joining forces with Flat Iron Square to provide additional seating for the hungry hoards on the big day. Serving up mouthwatering stacks and even holding a three-legged flipping race for one lucky duo to win bubbles and free pancakes, this place should definitely be on your list of top locations for a pancake feast. Find it at Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0NQ.
2. Duo London, Camden
If you’re someone for whom one pancake is simply not enough, then Duo London is the only place for you on pancake day. Offering a killer combination of bottomless pancakes & prosecco, and even a live DJ on the day, if you’re looking to really celebrate pancake day in style, then Duo can certainly help you out. Book here.
3. Christopher’s, Covent Garden
Quite aside from their excellent year-round Build Your Own Pancake menu, Christopher’s is a prime spot for your annual pancake sesh. Savoury options include the very boujee Lobster Benedict Pancake, whilst sweet stuff comes in the form of a brown butter and almond buttermilk pancake stack with grilled peaches, vanilla mascarpone and maple syrup. The most eye-catching option, however, has to be the chocolate chip cookie dough buttermilk pancake stack — covered in hazelnut butter ganache, honeycomb ice cream, and drizzled with chocolate sauce, it really takes indulgence to a whole new level. Find it at 18 Wellington Street, WC2E 7DD.
4. Comptoir V, Kensal Rise
Comptoir V are coming in hot with some pancake flavours that you’re sure to flip out over. Inspired by Morocco, they’ll be offering a dangerously delicious selection of stacks including their savoury, smoked aubergine Zaalock with sautéed spinach, curried chickpeas and plantain. And, of course, their infamous flaky Moroccan Rhife pancakes, filled with Moroccan Amlou almond butter, caramelised biscuit, maple syrup and vanilla ice cream. Oh, and the best part is, it’s all 100% vegan — so you can fill your face without feeling even a fraction of guilt. Find it at Keslake Mansions, Station Terrace, NW10 5RU.
5) Avobar, Covent Garden
The mean green machine that is Covent Garden‘s Avobar is also getting in on the pancake game, with a helping of their green matcha pancakes. Topped with either caramelised bananas and maple syrup, or generous helpings of crispy bacon/salmon and a turmeric poached egg, this place is undeniably delivering some pretty impressive stacks. Perfect for breakfast, a little pre-lunch snack or maybe just a 4pm office break, there is really no bad time to get involved with these beauties. Find it at 24 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8ND.
6. Ask For Janice, Farringdon
This fabulous Farringdon joint will be offering the best of buttermilk on the big day. Choose between the unquestionable classic bacon, maple syrup and pecans, or the slightly more adventurous, but equally delicious, poached caramel apple with stem ginger biscuit crumble. Decadent and divine, you really can’t go wrong. Find it at 50-52 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ.
7. Mortimer House, Fitzrovia
If your Veganuary experiment became a permanent fixture in your life, then look no further than Mortimer House for fabulously fluffy and totally vegan pancakes this year. Serving up stacks drizzled with vegan chocolate syrup, flavoured with cinnamon and orange, and topped with a helping of fresh fruit, they are truly as tasty as anything else on offer across the city. Find it at 37-41 Mortimer Street, W1T 3JH.
8. My Old Dutch, Holborn
Since 1958, these guys have been flipping pancakes and racking up stacks bigger than your head, so we thought they were a pretty worthy addition to the list. At My Old Dutch, you can indulge your sweet tooth with a stack covered in berry compote, drenched in maple syrup and finished with whipped cream. Or you can go wild and opt from something a little more adventurous. With a whacking great range of both sweet and savoury pancakes for you to sink your teeth into, we reckon the only problem you’ll have with this place is choosing what to eat! Find it at 131-132 High Holborn, WC1V 6PS.
9. Hello Darling, Waterloo
This pancake day say ‘Hello Darling’ to some seriously good looking pancakes at London’s much loved Waterloo restaurant. Taking things a step further than most, Hello Darling are pairing their special pancake day creations with some ingenious cocktail concoctions. Those with a sweet tooth might like to try a banana, miso caramel and peanut brittle pancake alongside a Cocoa Negroni, while the more savoury among us should opt for the smoked haddock with mature cheddar and a lightly spiced Jäger Mule. Pancakes and cocktails, it really is the perfect combination. Find it at 131 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UR.
10. Balthazar, Covent Garden
NYC-inspired Covent Garden brasserie Balthazar are going to be serving up some especially tasty treats on the big day. From their classic crepes coated with lemon and vanilla sugar, to their adventurous socca crepes made with chickpea flour and filled with spiced Moroccan aubergine, courgette and apricot, we bet any serious pancake eater will be dying to dig into these! Find it at 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ.
11. Granger & Co, various locations
Controversially, Granger & Co insist on referring to them as “hotcakes”, but a pancake by any other name tastes just as delicious. Their ricotta hotcakes are whipped to peak fluffiness, and topped with honeycomb butter, sliced bananas, and a generous drizzle of maple syrup. Although we’re not keen on the name, we can’t deny we’re big fans of the taste.
12. Ministry of Sound, Elephant and Castle
We didn’t really expect it to make the list either but, upholding its 7-year long tradition, Ministry of Sound will be dishing up super hot DJs and delish pancakes on the February 25. Whether you’re hoping for a crepe covered in Nutella or a more subtle lemon and sugar dance floor snack, this place has you covered. With pounding tunes and a pancake eating contest, this is really the wildest place to be on the crepest day of the year. Book here.
13. Riding House Café, Fitzrovia
The Riding House Café are keeping things classy and simple this Shrove Tuesday with their utterly unrivalled berry pancakes. Their luscious stack of buttermilks are topped with tangy berries, sticky maple syrup and rich clotted cream to create the perfect blend of flavours — unfailingly good. Why wait until pancake day to treat yourself? Find it at 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ.
14. Electric Diner, Notting Hill
Serving up a selection of four scrumptious stacks this Pancake Day, the Electric Diner are well and truly committed to filling your belly with the best pancakes the city has to offer. Feast your face on some classic flavours and some flipping indulgent ones as well. Perfectly fluffy and generously drenched, these babies definitely won’t disappoint. Find it at 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED.
15. The Locals Cafe, Chelsea
If you’re a plant based type of person and you’re hoping to keep things relatively healthy this pancake day, then we have just the place for you. The Locals Cafe are serving up some seriously sensational pumpkin pancakes and we reckon they’re a must-try. Drenched in almond-caramel, covered with nuts and crushed biscuits, and finished with a Greek yogurt sauce, these stacks are surprisingly decadent. Find it at 8 Gatliff Road, SW1W 8DT.
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