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London’s best pancake restaurants

From American-style delights to decadent crêpes for dessert – here's our guide to the best pancakes in town, now available to order online

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Time Out London Food & Drink
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Pancakes are a Shrove Tuesday standard, but what if you can’t be bothered to FIY (flip it yourself)? We’ve rounded up the best places for pancakes in town.

In London, there’s more to these carb-tastic delights than sugar and lemon. From meaty, cheese-oozing galettes to American-style delights at brunch and decadent crêpes for dessert, these are the best pancakes in London – for the big day and beyond. 

While their doors remain closed, these knights of the round batter are making sure you still get your Pancake Day fix this year (Tuesday February 16). Some are delivering the perfect pancake mixes and kits. Others are setting up stalls to flip their own take on pancakey traditions. Embrace them to mark the occasion, break those Groundhog Day feels and support a lovely local business. 

The best pancakes in London

Apres Food Co
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Clerkenwell
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Available to order online.

The owners of this gorgeous-looking Clerkenwell joint want us all to ‘make friends with food’ – and we’re sold on the place’s low-key backstreet vibe and clever gluten-free cooking. Like everything else here, the American-style breakfast pancakes are nutritionally balanced; they’re also made with organic oat milk and wickedly topped with just about anything you fancy – from vanilla-scented blueberry compote or yoghurt to smoked streaky bacon and free-range sausages for an alternative fry-up.

Breakfast Club
  • Restaurants
  • Diners
  • Spitalfields

Available to order online.

Breakfast naturally takes centre stage at this cluttered, ersatz homage to John Hughes’s cult ‘youth’ movie, although this Club runs right through from brunch to dinner, with pancakes rolled out and stacked up in mind-boggling quantities. If you’re hooked on Instagrammable novelties, these gimmicky jobs will be right up your street – especially the banana and salted caramel version (hello banoffee) with vanilla cream and chocolate sauce. Branches across the capital.

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  • Restaurants
  • Australian
  • Notting Hill

Available to order online.

Bill Granger’s chain of sunny-side-up all-day restaurants preaches the gospel of bronzed healthy indulgence, with a line-up of goodness-packed dishes including some proper thick Aussie ‘hotcakes’. Find these ricotta-based pancake riffs among the breakfast and lunch ‘classics’, stacked up and served in mouthwatering modern style with banana and honeycomb butter (plus grilled Wiltshire bacon if you need a salty fix). Branches in Chelsea, Clerkenwell and King’s Cross.

My Old Dutch
  • Restaurants
  • Holborn

Available to order online.

Founded in 1958 and now a must-visit on London’s tourist trail, this pancake house dresses up its garish offer with ‘butterscotch specials’ and assorted crowd-pulling gimmicks. The sweet side of things is fairly straightforward (fruit salad, Nutella, berry compote etc), but savouries are more outlandish, with Moroccan lamb stew, chicken curry and Hawaiian variations in the mix. Gluten-free and dairy-free versions are available on request and there are some colourful vegan options too. Branches in Chelsea and Kensington.

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Where the Pancakes Are
  • Restaurants
  • Crêperies
  • Southwark

Available to order online.

You don’t have to wait till Shrove Tuesday comes around for your pancake fix – thanks to this bright, buzzy venue squeezed into one corner of Flat Iron Square. Sweet and savoury buttermilk varieties abound (anyone for ‘1,000 baby greens’ or a combo of banana, praline and marshmallow?), and the owners also have what they call ‘another batter’ for those who require gluten-free and dairy-free versions.

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