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.
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There's certainly plenty of pedigree to this quirky Hoxton haunt - it's the former studio of Goldsmith graduates and YBAs, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas, plus the owner's apparently a bit of a face on the art and music scenes. And then there's the roster of top-notch artists and bands who have played in the separate gig venue downstairs, 'The Underbelly'. Upstairs, it's more of a diner, DJ bar and cocktail joint, with Paul Daly's design bringing together mismatched furniture, rocking horses, bicycles and surf boards hanging from up on high. There's a jukebox providing the tunes when the DJs take a break from the ones and twos, and with a capacity of 520 - plus space out on the terrace for a further 100 - there's plenty of room for those packing their dancing feet. It's also home to Hoxton Square Craft Beer, so the booze is a bit of a strong point, with house brews such as London Plane Ale served alongside pints pulled from fresh tanks of Budweiser Budvar and Brooklyn Lager. The food menu ranges from classic British dishes such as bangers and mash, fish and chips and shepherd's pie to those with US influence - think burgers, BBQ ribs, nachos and pancakes for breakfast. Pizzas also prove pretty popular.
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.