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

Frying pans at the ready. Pancake Day 2019 falls on Tuesday March 5, meaning that some of London's best restaurants will be going flipping mad. Others will be perfecting their toss at a Shrove Tuesday pancake race, whether sprinting towards the finish line or just spectating. Or if you prefer the DIY approach, don't forget to read our failsafe guide to making your own pancakes. Have fun 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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Pauline A

Where is The Crepe Factory mentioned in your Pancake Day/ Mardi Gras blurb - it is the BEST CREPERIE in LONDON according to TRIPADVISOR.

Tracie B

Time for Time Out to get with the system and advertize more veggie and vegan stuff

Sylvia P

@Tracie B Couldn't agree more. Vegetarians and vegans are the voice of animals and it would be great if Time Out could feature all things animal-free more prominently.

James S

Hey.. we have a pancake day event if anyone is interested..

We will have a pancake tossing challenge in Shoreditch at BL-NK on Curtain road.

find us on social and hopefully on timeout asap


The Pancake Challenge


I think it's awful to call Shrove Tuesday "Pancake Day" in a newspaper article. For goodness' sake, it is a religious holiday not a day for "It's a Knockout" type games. And this is coming from someone who isn't even religious.

dazzles s

Maybe they could name it after you, Sister


@Jenny Maybe it's because you're not religious - but Pancake day is NOT a religious holiday. It's the day before the first day of Lent - which is.  

Pancake Day in England is the equivalent of Mardi Gras ('fat Tuesday') in France and the Latin American countries. It's the day when eggs, butter and milk/cream were used up, in preparation for the 40 fasting days to follow. 


And don't forget the new creperie which opened last summer in Hammersmith, La Petite Bretagne. The shop interior is very nice and they serve authentic galettes. It is the best creperie in London!


Me and my friends went to The Breakfast Club last year and had the most awesome pancakes. Great atmosphere as it was really busy and loads of yummy flavours. They have a challenge this year to eat 12 pancakes in 20 minutes (all money raised goes to charity). Their website is

Leadenhall Market

Don't forget the Leadenhall Market Pancake Race on Tuesday 21st Feb 2012 starting at 12.30pm. Free to enter a team & the 1st 100 spectators outside The Lamb Tavern, 10-12 Leadenhall Market, London. EC3V 1LR will receive a complimentary pancake with lemon & sugar.