This year, check out our failsafe recipe for the perfect pancake or simply track down the best places in London serving pancakes on Shrove Tuesday instead. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
What is Pancake Day all about?
Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of abstinence, associated with clearing your cupboards of goods such as sugar, fats and eggs. It's commonly known as Pancake Day because it represents a good opportunity to use such ingredients ahead of the fasting period.
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.
Belushi's Bar Hammersmith
Venue says: Check out our epic hour, daily from 5pm-8pm! 2-for-1 on bottled beers, £10 buckets of beer, bottles of wine and jumbo sharing cocktail jars!
This Hammersmith Belushi's is one of six in London - there are more across the UK and Europe, too. It's clearly a successful enterprise, borne from accessible food, plenty of promotions on the drinks and a bit of a party vibe. Live music and the screening of big sporting events help too. A short wine list and recognisable beers on tap do good business but it's the cocktails that prove most popular when night falls. Expect classic concoctions served in jam jars, sharers served with straws and a number of shooters ranging from the well-known (tequila slammers and Jägermeisters) to the intriguing - honey pots and shots of peanut butter jelly, for example. Keenly priced breakfasts are served from 8am, and follow an American culinary theme that continues throughout the day. Expect pancakes, burgers, hot dogs, nachos, steaks, tacos, quesadillas, racks of ribs and wings.
Making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?
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).Read more
Or find London's best pancakes
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 Spitalfields, Westfield London, Westfield Stratford and Wimbledon.
This ‘grand café’ (brasserie) in the Continental mould has some of the most sought-after tables in London right now. The daily breakfast menu and the weekend brunch menu includes a pancake section, with fillings such as maple syrup, bacon, blueberries and crème fraîche, and plum and cinnamon compote.