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Pancake Day in London

Celebrate the flipping marvellous Pancake Day in London with a whole range of batter-based feasts on Shrove Tuesday

Frying pans at the ready, people. Pancake Day falls on Tuesday February 28 2017 and this year's action need not be confined to the kitchen. Pancake Day sees restaurants flip some of London's best pancakes, while people across the city perfect their toss and head towards finish lines in races big and small. Check out our favourite pancake-based celebrations below – this is one party you'd be flipping mad to miss. Just don't get too battered in the process.
 
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.

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Pancake Day 2017 races in London

The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

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Participants in this annual charity race through the cobbled streets of Spitalfields are in for a flipping good time on Shrove Tuesday. This very silly fundraiser for the London Air Ambulance will see teams of four in fancy dress grab their crepes and run in pursuit of taking home the winner's frying pan, which is specially engraved. Entrants should register in advance by emailing info@alternativearts.co.uk (or enter on the day if they bring a donation) and will be rewarded with hot pancakes. Arrive at 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start.

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Old Truman Brewery , Brick Lane Tuesday February 28 2017

Parliamentary Pancake Race

Pancake Day's most high-profile tossers take place in an annual race fundraiser which pits teams comprised of MPs, Lords and members of the press against each other. The race is normally held in Victoria Tower Gardens and organised by the charity Rehab, which helps people with mental and physical disabilities rebuild independent lives.

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Victoria Tower Gardens , Westminster Tuesday February 28 2017

Find London's best pancakes

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

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.

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Spitalfields

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.

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Soho

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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Holborn
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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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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.