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Pancake Day in London

Celebrate Pancake Day in London as it serves up a whole range of batter-based feasts on Shrove Tuesday

Get your frying pans at the ready, Pancake Day in London falls on Tue Feb 28 2017 and this year's action need not be confined to the kitchen. Pancake Day activities see restaurants flip up some of London's best pancakes and everyone from hipsters to MPs toss towards the finish line in races across the city - this is one of the London events in February that you would be flipping mad to miss.
 
What is Pancake Day?
Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of abstinence, associated with clearing your cupboards of things like sugar, fat and eggs. It's known as Pancake Day because it represents a good opportunity to use up such ingredients. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. 
 
When is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday. Because the date of Easter Sunday is dictated by the cycles of the moon, Pancake Day can occur anytime between February 3 and March 9. This year's action is on Tue Feb 28 2017.

Pancake Day activities in London

Flippin' Good Fun Pancake Race

Teams of four will flip their way through a series of heats to reach the grand final with a special Valentine's Day race for lovebirds. Pancakes will be supplied but you'll need to take your own frying pan. There are prizes for the winning team and the best fancy dress. Individuals can just turn up from 12pm but teams must register in advance.

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Greenwich Market , Greenwich Saturday February 13 2016

Find London's best pancakes

The Blues Kitchen

Venue says: The best vintage rock 'n' roll sounds in London, every Friday night until 2:30am.

The Shoreditch branch of The Blues Kitchen will be throwing a Mardi Gras party from 5pm on Shrove Tuesday but during the day in both their Camden and Shoreditch branches there'll be stacks of pancakes with either blueberries and cream or maple and bacon.

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Shoreditch

Botanist

Venue says: Join us from 10-11.15am Monday to Friday for our £12 breakfast! Enjoy any of our hot breakfast dishes plus unlimited tea or coffee.

Sod the suzette this Pancake Day. The Botanist is making pancakes the fancy way, with chunks of fresh lobster and smoked garlic bisque thrown into the mix. This may upset the pancake purists, but we say anything goes in the name of pre-Lent indulgence.

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Belgravia

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.

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Richmond

Christopher's

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
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Making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

Follow our fail-safe pancake recipe

Say goodbye to Shrove Tuesdays spent snacking on a burnt heap of lemon-soaked paste, and say hello to a day of delicious pancake perfection. This year, follow our step-by-step guide to making pancakes and you're guaranteed to serve up a fine battery feast. Our recipe below makes 4/5 pancakes and a scrappy last one one for the dog (double the ingredients if you want to make more).

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By: Things To Do Editors

Comments

10 comments
Tracie B
Tracie B

Time for Time Out to get with the system and advertize more veggie and vegan stuff

Sylvia P
Sylvia P

@Tracie B Couldn't agree more. Vegetarians and vegans are the voice of animals and it would be great if Time Out could feature all things animal-free more prominently.

James S
James S

Hey.. we have a pancake day event if anyone is interested..


We will have a pancake tossing challenge in Shoreditch at BL-NK on Curtain road.


find us on social and hopefully on timeout asap


@ruthechallenger 


The Pancake Challenge



Jenny
Jenny

I think it's awful to call Shrove Tuesday "Pancake Day" in a newspaper article. For goodness' sake, it is a religious holiday not a day for "It's a Knockout" type games. And this is coming from someone who isn't even religious.

dazzles s
dazzles s

Maybe they could name it after you, Sister

Sian R
Sian R

@Jenny Maybe it's because you're not religious - but Pancake day is NOT a religious holiday. It's the day before the first day of Lent - which is.  

Pancake Day in England is the equivalent of Mardi Gras ('fat Tuesday') in France and the Latin American countries. It's the day when eggs, butter and milk/cream were used up, in preparation for the 40 fasting days to follow. 

Amelie
Amelie

And don't forget the new creperie which opened last summer in Hammersmith, La Petite Bretagne. The shop interior is very nice and they serve authentic galettes. It is the best creperie in London!

Rebecca
Rebecca

Me and my friends went to The Breakfast Club last year and had the most awesome pancakes. Great atmosphere as it was really busy and loads of yummy flavours. They have a challenge this year to eat 12 pancakes in 20 minutes (all money raised goes to charity). Their website is www.lovetbc.com

Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market

Don't forget the Leadenhall Market Pancake Race on Tuesday 21st Feb 2012 starting at 12.30pm. Free to enter a team & the 1st 100 spectators outside The Lamb Tavern, 10-12 Leadenhall Market, London. EC3V 1LR will receive a complimentary pancake with lemon & sugar.