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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

By Time Out London Things To Do |

Have your frying pans at the ready because Pancake Day is just around the corner. In 2020 Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday February 25 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 February 25 2020.

We’ll be updating this page with events for Pancake Day 2020 as they are announced.

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Pancake Day 2020 races and events

Photograph: The Breakfast Club
Things to do, Food and drink events

Breakfast Club Pancake Challenge

The Breakfast Club, Soho

Take on The Breakfast Club’s annual pancake challenge. You know the rules, order a plate of 12 pancakes devour it within 12 minutes and it’s yours for free. Fail to clean your plate and you’ll have to foot the £20 bill (which goes towards helping pensioners combat loneliness and isolation).

Photograph: Better Bankside Pancake Day Race
Things to do, Quirky events

Better Bankside Pancake Day Race

Marlborough Sports Garden, Borough and London Bridge

Calling all pan-wielders in the Bankside area! Get flipping ready for the annual Pancake Day race and raise some serious cash for local charity Paintings in Hospitals. Stick around for live music and tuck into Borough Market’s regular traders delicious pancakes. 

Photograph: Martin Grayling
Things to do, Food and drink events

All Day Pancake Party at The Book Club

The Book Club, Shoreditch

Block out your calendars for The Book Club’s all-day Club Tropicana pancake party. Give the dreary weather outside the finger and tuck into a mouth-watering selection of cocktail-inspired pancakes.

Photograph: Milly Fletcher
Things to do, Food and drink events

Where the Pancakes Are 5th Birthday

Where the Pancakes Are, Southwark

Celebrate Where the Pancakes Are’s 5th all-day pancake birthday party. Tuck into a whole bunch of delicious crepes and raise a glass at their pancake pop-up in Flat Iron Square’s Apres chalet. There’s also a three-legged pancake race at 8pm with prizes for the fastest flippers. 

Photograph: Riding House Café
Things to do, Food and drink events

Bottomless Brunch Pancakes at Riding House Café

Riding House Café, Fitzrovia

Go bottomless at Riding House Café and Rail House Café’s and stack those pancakes high. Opt for either berries with vanilla clotted cream or triple smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup. 

Photograph: Polo Bar
Things to do, Food and drink events

Pancake Challenge at Polo Bar

Polo 24 Hour Bar, Liverpool Street

You batter believe it, Polo 24-hour Bar will be serving up some serious stacks on stacks on stacks. Take on a stack of 10 fluffy pancakes, with your choice of berries, cookies and cream or banoffee in under 15 minutes and the meal is yours for free. 

Photograph: Hoi Polloi
Things to do, Food and drink events

Make Your Own Pancake at Hoi Polloi

Hoi Polloi, Shoreditch

Toffee caramel pancakes? Tick. Extra chantilly cream on top? Tick. Sprinkled with savoury bacon dust? Tick. Wait, what? Hoi Polloi is going all out this Pancake Day with a tick box menu card, where you can create your own dream pancake.

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