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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 9 2016 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 9 2016.

Pancake Day activities in London

The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

Critics' choice

Participants in this annual charity race through the cobbled streets of Spitalfields are in for a flipping good time. This very silly fundraiser for the London Air Ambulance will see teams in fancy dress grab their crepes and run in pursuit of taking home the winner's frying pan, which is specially engraved.

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Old Truman Brewery , Brick Lane Tuesday February 9 2016

Parliamentary Pancake Race

Pancake Day's most high-profile tossers are back for 2016 for this fundraiser which pits teams comprised of MPs, Lords and members of the press against each other. Now in its nineteenth year, the race is organised by the charity Rehab, which helps people with mental and physical disabilities and the vulnerable to rebuild independent lives.

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Victoria Tower Gardens , Westminster Tuesday February 9 2016

Better Bankside Pancake Day Race

Local businesses from the Bankside area had better get their best pan-wielders ready once more for the 2016 edition of this annual race. Teams of four are encouraged to raise sponsorship, and spectators are encouraged to give donations; all money collected will go to local charity Paintings in Hospitals.

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Marlborough Sports Garden , The Borough Tuesday February 9 2016

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

Magic Pancakes

If you'd rather eat pancakes than run around with them then Foxlow's a great place to do it. For just £8 you'll get crepes with a choice of three toppings, a juice and unlimited tea or coffee, and all takings go to Magic Breakfast, a charity working to ensure that all schoolchildren start the day well-fed. Available in all four branches. Booking advised.

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Foxlow Clerkenwell , Farringdon Tuesday February 9 2016

Balans Soho Society

This recently refurbished Old Compton Street institution will be adding pancakes to the menu on Shrove Tuesday. Choose from banana and rum or Crêpes Suzette, both priced at £7.

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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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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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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


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


The Pancake Challenge


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. 


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!


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.