It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday, February 13, and London’s restaurants are stepping up to the plate with a range of delicious dishes to mark the occasion. Here’s where to go on Pancake Day in London.
1) The Book Club, Shoreditch
Remember those espresso martini pancakes we told you about? Yep, they’re happening, for one day only.
2) Where The Pancakes Are, London Bridge
Where are the pancakes? At Where The Pancakes Are. These guys dish up pancakes in Flat Iron Square all year round, and Shrove Tuesday is no exception – in fact they’re taking over their neighbour’s venue at Après for the day and serving up a special pop-up menu.
3) Skylon Restaurant, Southbank
Red velvet heart shaped pancakes have landed in Southbank as Skylon creates this delicious dish for both Pancake and Valentines Day: available over the 13th and 14th February.
4) Bobby Fitzpatrick, West Hampstead
Surrounded by retro pizazz, guests can gorge on mountains of Blueberry Pancakes (£8) in Bobby’s luridly yellow tiled kitchen.
5) Comptoir V, Kensal Rise
Popular vegan restaurant Comptoir V will be serving up green matcha pancakes and pink pancakes with banana, crushed nuts, flaked coconut, berries and caramel, among other toppings.
6) Bluebird, Chelsea
The Chelsea favourite has created a stack of pancakes with each layer filled with caramelised banana, hazelnut praline, toasted marshmallow and Valrhona chocolate sauce. Downstairs, Bluebird Cafe will be serving an all-day pancake menu with both sweet and savoury toppings.
7) Mac and Wild, Fitzrovia and City
Scottish sensations Mac & Wild are bringing a taste of the Highlands to London this year for Pancake Day: serving up Haggis-filled and fried pancakes for mains, and Scotland’s ultimate indulgence, a Deep Fried Mars Bar Pancake, for pudding.
8) Essence, Shoreditch
This vegan spot in Shoreditch will be dishing out raw coconut pancakes all day on Tuesday 13th.
9) Ask For Janice, Farringdon
Delicious savoury pancakes at AfJ include the fresh and zingy Crab with avocado chilli, lime and coriander (£8.50) and unusual Spiced Cauliflower Cheese (£8); for something sweet, try the stack of Buttermilk pancakes with Westcombe ricotta, berries and rapeseed honey.
10) OSLO, Hackney
Stacks of American-style buttermilk pancakes with candied bacon, blueberries and maple syrup are on the menu at this popular Hackney venue.
11) Crepe Affaire, various locations
With six branches in London, head to these specialists for gluten-free and vegan “galettes” made with organic buckwheat flour, or luxury options like their Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Pie crepe or Ferrero Rocher crepe. Their Spitalfields branch will also be hosting a pancake flipping competition with a year of free crepes up for grabs!
12) Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia
The dead swish hotel restaurant will be whipping up a pancake stack topped with bananas and Nutella spread, only to be topped with a generous layer of chopped hazelnuts. Lovely.
13) Foxlow, various locations
This great little chain from the Hawksmoor team are offering classic lemon and sugar pancakes along with a mushroom, corn meal and fried egg version and a ricotta pancake with peanut butter, bacon and banana. The pancakes are available until midday from Monday to Friday at Soho and Balham and until midday on weekends only at Clerkenwell and Chiswick.
All the money from the pancakes sales on Shrove Tuesday at Soho and Balham will be donated to Magic Breakfast, a charity that helps prevent disadvantaged children going hungry in the classroom.