For flippin’ perfect pancakes, here are some of the best places in London.
Words by Sian Clare
Pancakes are on the menu everywhere from breakfast cafes to fancy restaurants on Shrove Tuesday (February 25th).
Try them topped with anything from berries to bacon and join in this historic British tradition.
Plus, if you manage to consume a dozen, some places will even let you eat for free!
And, for those who don’t crave a crepe, why not enjoy a Shrove Tuesday-inspired cocktail with eggnog instead?
Social Eating House
For a gourmet pancake, try Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred Social Eating House in the heart of Soho.
Available on Pancake Day only, Chef Patron, Paul Hood has designed a unique Mille Crêpe.
Layers of fluffy pancakes are served with bergamot, citrus and Earl Grey cream, with vanilla Chantilly cream drizzled on top.
Available on Tuesday 25th February only, the pancake is £16 to share and is only available with a main course.
It’s Pancake Day every day at The Wolseley, where you can order the popular dish all year round.
Choose the traditional sweet pancake with maple syrup (£10), or try a classic American and add bacon (£12.50).
For a healthier version, opt for seasonal berries (£13.75).
The Breakfast Club
Fancy your pancake with ham, egg and chips?
Or maybe you’re thinking of topping your pancake with vegan bangers and mash?
Head on over to The Breakfast Club in Battersea for a range of “pub grub” pancake flavours.
And if you can gobble up 12 pancakes in just 12 minutes, your food is free!
All profits from the Pancake Challenge (Feb 25th only) go towards helping pensioners combat loneliness.
The pancake specials are available from February 24th to March 1st.
For something a little different try Norma, in Fitzrovia.
Culinary Director Ben Tish has created a Sicilian inspired dish for Shrove Tuesday called Sfinci di carnevale.
These are small pieces of fluffy dough, deep fried and served with a tart Limoncello curd (£7.50).
You could even accompany the dish with a shot of Limoncello.
You’ll be spoilt for choice at this all-day creperie with around 30 different toppings and flavours.
Try the Norwegian breakfast crepe with smoked salmon, cream, lemon and dill.
Or go for the all-day-breakfast crepe which even includes mushrooms and baked beans.
There’s a vegan option with spinach, mushrooms, garlic and tomatoes as well as plenty of vegetarian choices.
For those with a sweet tooth, why not go for the Chelsea Mango which also includes blueberries and mango gelato.
The Game Bird at The Stafford London
Watch as your crepes suzettes are sizzled before your eyes at The Game Bird at The Stafford London.
Served from a bespoke crêpes suzette trolley, guests can witness their own dessert being flambéed at their table.
The classic French dessert is £15pp and is expected to bring some extra theatre to the restaurant’s relaxed and elegant setting!
For extra light and fluffy pancakes, make for A.O.K Kitchen & Bakery in Marylebone.
Head chef Kostas Rampias has come up with a novel way of preparing the pancakes.
Instead of just cooking the batter in a frying pan, he pops it in the oven for six minutes. This creates the famously fluffy crepes.
Eat the pancake stack (from £18) served with organic maple syrup, cococut Chantilly cream and fresh berries.
Plus, the all-day restaurant, newly opened in 2019, offers menus free from refined sugar and with limited use of dairy and gluten.
Kyubi at The Arts Club
Why not swop out pancakes for a Japanese version at The Arts Club?
The delicious Hottokèki – hotcakes – are said to be wildly popular in Japan and hard to locate in the UK.
Try them with berries, maple syrup, butter and coconut mochi for lunch or dinner.
Sanderson’s Long Bar
Not so keen on the classic Shrove Tuesday dish?
Don’t miss out on the fun! Try a special cocktail inspired by pancake flavours plus a hint of eggnog.
The Long Bar at Sanderson’s is serving The Fitzrovia’s Advocaat (£13) on Pancake Day only.
It is an indulgent mixture of Remy Martins VSOP, Licor 43, cream and egg. It is finished with notes of gingerbread and cinnamon.