Pancake Day in London

Make the most of the flipping marvellous Pancake Day in London with our guide to races and celebrations happening around Shrove Tuesday
Pancake day
By Time Out London Things To Do |

Have your frying pans at the ready because Pancake Day is just around the corner. In 2019 Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday March 5 and London's best restaurants will be going flipping mad for it. Others will be perfecting their toss at a pancake race and some will be going for the DIY approach and creating crepes at home. Have a blast whatever you get up to, just don't get too battered in the process. Here's our guide to Pancake Day in London and our pick of the best races, celebrations and other events across the capital.

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 batter action takes place on Tuesday March 5 2019.

We’ll be updating this page with events for Pancake Day 2019 as they are announced.

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Pancake Day 2019 races and events

Greenwich Market Pancake Race
Jennifer Hall-Thompson
Things to do, Quirky events

Flippin' Good Fun Pancake Race

icon-location-pin Greenwich Market, Greenwich

Greenwich Market is upping its game for Pancake Day this year with not one, but two races for top tossers. You can turn up on either day and enter as a team or on your own. Pancakes and pans are provided, you just worry about bringing your best flippers on the day.  

Things to do, Food and drink events

Pancake Challenge at Polo Bar

icon-location-pin Polo 24 Hour Bar, Moorgate

Polo 24 Hour Bar are serving up some great stacks of snacks this March. Think you're hungry enough to stomach their epic pancake challenge this Pancake Day? Take on tower of 12 fluffy pancakes, complete with bananas, fresh berries, vanilla ice cream and a cheeky dash of strawberry sauce in under 15 minutes and the meal is yours for free. You batter believe it. 

Things to do, Food and drink events

Smith & Wollensky Pancake Day Challenge

icon-location-pin Smith & Wollensky, Charing Cross

This London steak house might not be famous for its pancakes, but it has a hell of a food eating contest planned. Competitors will be asked to eat their own height in pancakes in just 60 minutes. If successful, they can walk away without paying the bill. If not, those pancakes come in at a cool £1 each, so you best hope you have an iron gut, or the ability to shrink. 

Things to do, Food and drink events

Bloody Big Brunch

icon-location-pin The Book Club, Shoreditch

Flip period poverty the bird this pancake day and do something good by buying a Bloody Big Brunch at the Book Club. The east London spot is serving up a special Red Velvet garnished with tampon-inspired creations from macaron masters Ohlala. 

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