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Pancake Day 2017 races in London
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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.
Find London's best pancakes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Tay Do Café
Tay Do’s vast dining room is often full, perhaps because this is the first available Vietnamese restaurant at the southern tip of Kingsland Road. The BYO policy undoubtedly helps too. Service is impersonal and brusque, but not unfriendly. The tome of a menu contains nearly 300 dishes (divided by ingredient: fish, poultry, vegetables, tofu…). It’s easy to order wrongly. Few of our dishes matched the menu’s promise; best was a starter of steamed pork-stuffed squid, which was generous with the well-seasoned, minced pork stuffing, and came with an excellent dipping sauce of lemon juice, salt and white pepper. Shredded pork skin and herb rolls included the appropriately rubbery skin, but was bland and seemed to lack the required freshness. Rarely found in London, southern-style hu tieu soup is here made with tapioca noodles; yet while the south of Vietnam may be known for its sweeter, cleaner flavours, this broth was unappetisingly sweet. Better was chargrilled goat on cold vermicelli, with a nice smoky aroma that compensated for the slightly overcooked meat. Dining here seems to be a hit and miss experience. While there’s great variety, we’d rather choose from a smaller menu of consistently good dishes.