Pancakes are available all year round, but Shrove Tuesday (12 February in 2013) is the ‘Fat Tuesday’ in Christian tradition when rich ingredients are used up before the fast of Lent. Prepare for a battering at these pancake venues.
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 or blueberries and crème fraîche.
See The Delaunay venue details
This all-day diner has huge breakfast and brunch offerings, but also offers sweet or savoury pancakes, served all-day. There are branches in Soho, Islington, Hoxton and Spitalfields.
See Breakfast Club venue details
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, Hammersmith, Westfield London, Westfield Stratford, and St Pancras Station.
See Crepe Affaire website
This new creperie (opened in late 2011) offers a huge range of fillings, from tartiflette (potato, cheese, lardons) to chicken and peanut butter. They happily take requests for variations too. There’s a good selection of sundaes and smoothies, though the crepes are so filling you might not have room for them. Their sister branch, the original, is in South Kensington.
See Soho Creperie venue details
43 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PQ (020 7927 0840)
The breakfast menu at this trendy Fitzrovia brasserie includes buttermilk pancakes served with berries, vanilla clotted cream and maple syrup. The juice and smoothie choice is excellent too.
See Riding House Café venue details
11 Hill Rise, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6UQ (020 8948 7473)
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.
See Chez Lindsay venue details