Pancake Day activities in London
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Find London's best 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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Venue says: Two-course set lunch menu for £15 or three-course for £18. Delicious new coffees, speciality teas and detox smoothies.
This Greek spot in Marylebone didn’t exactly hit the ground running. In Opso’s first month it took me three visits to find the kitchen in full tilt. Visit one had a partial menu. On visit two the restaurant was unexpectedly closed. A stoic third attempt was rewarded with some excellent meze dishes. Opso blends its modern architectural look with a contemporary menu of small plate dishes – mezédes – that are pimped up almost beyond recognition. ‘Taramas cream’ (taramasalata) was a world away from bright pink supermarket tubs. Served with crisp olive crackers, the pale, untinged cod roe was delicate and fresh. Served as a dessert, tsoureki – a brioche-like bread usually eaten at Easter – was like a panettone in appearance and lightness. This, like all the other baked goods, was made in house. It came flavoured with mahlab and mastic, traditional Greek spices made from cherry kernels and tree resin respectively, giving it a distinctive, almost bitter almond or cedar aroma. Served with clotted cream and sour cherry jam, it was like an Attic afternoon tea. Not all dishes were improved by modernisation, though. Pastitsio is usually a lasagne-like slab of macaroni baked with ground beef and béchamel sauce: comfort food. But here the elements were deconstructed and swapped around, then plated in a mound, ‘MasterChef Greece’-style. Although the allspice flavours in the beef were good, tagliatelle-style pasta was a fiddle too far. The simpler dishes worked best, such as the dakos,
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