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London's best pancakes

Find yourself a bit of batter in the capital this Pancake Day and beyond

Pancakes may be avaliable all year round, but Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday February 9 2016) is 'Fat Tuesday' in Christian tradition, when rich ingredients are purposely used up before the fast of Lent. Whether you're preparing for a fast or simply after some mouthwatering stodge, brace yourself for a battering at these London pancake venues.

The best pancakes in London

Breakfast Club

This all-day diner has huge breakfast and brunch offerings, but also offers sweet or savoury pancakes, served all-day. There are seven branches in London in total, including Soho, Islington, Hoxton and Spitalfields.


Chez Lindsay

If you’re in search of authentic Breton galettes, visit this Richmond bistro. The menu offers a selection of excellent buckwheat pancakes, with fillings ranging from creamy leeks with scallops to melted cheese and ratatouille, as well as a number of sweet crepes.



If you head to Christopher's on any old morning, you can explore their buckwheat pancake menu. But for Shrove Tuesday the Covent Garden eatery is laying on a spread of three pancake bases - buckwheat, buttermilk and blueberry-buttermilk. Fill out a tick box menu to select your base and put in your order of topping with the kitchen to ensure you do pancakes your own way.

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Covent Garden

Crepe Affaire

A good range of sweet and savoury fillings is offered at this fast food café chain, along with a small selection of pastries including waffles. The crepes are filled then reheated to order, and the service is quick and friendly. There are also branches in Islington, Chiswick, Westfield London, Westfield Stratford and Wimbledon.


The Delaunay

This ‘grand café’ (brasserie) in the Continental mould has some of the most sought-after tables in London right now. The weekend brunch menu includes a pancake section, with fillings such as maple syrup, bacon, blueberries and crème fraîche, and cranberry and pear compote.

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Covent Garden

Jackson & Rye

For those who like to celebrate Pancake Day the all-American way, head to Jackson & Rye. The Soho restaurant has a stack of buttermilk options on the brunch menu or you can dive into a hefty pile of pancakes topped with bacon, blueberries and maple syrup.


My Old Dutch - Holborn

Unsurprisingly for a restaurant dedicated entirely to pancakes, My Old Dutch has very, very long queues of hungry crepe fans every Shrove Tuesday without fail. Either get in there a day early or be prepared to wait. The restaurant also has branches in Kensington and Chelsea.

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La Petite Bretagne

This crêperie in Hammersmith is the real deal, offering made-to-order buckwheat galettes with savoury fillings such as classic ham and cheese, as well as sweet crêpes containing nutella and banana, or crème de marrons (chestnut). Stylish surroundings and Breton cider add to the appeal.

Riding House Café

The breakfast menu at this trendy Fitzrovia brasserie includes buttermilk pancakes served with berries, vanilla clotted cream and maple syrup. The juice and smoothie choice is excellent too.

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Shutterbug serve up flippin' good crepes all year long. They're upping their game for Pancake Day however, offering both traditional thin crepes and stack of fluffy American style pancakes, plus Mardi Gras rum punch and other delicious cocktails to hungry east Londoners.

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