Pancake Day in London is coming up and that means it’s time to figure out where you can spend the day indulging on deliciousness. Make the most out of the flipping awesome day (pun intended) by finding out where you can dine ahead of time. Here’s a guide to Pancake Day in London so that you can celebrate at the best places around the city.
This year (2023) Pancake Day is on Tuesday, 21st February.
What Is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday in other parts of the world. It’s celebrated by Christians and Catholics and it’s the day before Lent begins, which is a period of 40 days and nights, when you give up something you love or frequently indulge in. This is because it marks the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert.
On Shrove Tuesday, many people clean out their cupboards and get rid of eggs, butter, and fat, which are the perfect ingredients for the tasty treat, which has left us with Pancake Day in London and across the UK.
When Is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day will be taking place on the 21st of February 2023. The date changes each year because it takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday. And since the date for Easter changes, Pancake Day can range from the beginning of February to mid-March.
Easter Sunday usually falls on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon around the time of the Spring Equinox. It may sound a bit confusing, but these guidelines are used to determine the date each year because according to the Bible, Jesus’s death and resurrection took place around the time of Passover, which is celebrated by the Jews. Passover always falls on the evening of the first full moon following the spring equinox. Since the cycle of the moon changes, Easter falls on a different date each year, causing holidays like Pancake Day, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Palm Sunday, and more to change too.
What To Do On Pancake Day in London
Now that you’re caught up on the history of Pancake Day, you’re probably wondering where you can dine on some when in London. Thankfully there are a ton of great restaurants that are serving them up all over the city. And if you’re interested in celebrating Pancake Day in a more unique way, there are a ton of great events going on too.
Best Places To Get Pancakes On Pancake Day in London
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The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club has several locations for you to indulge yourself on Pancake Day at. They always have a Pancake Day special (which at the time of publishing this hasn’t been announced), but their year-round menu is pretty delicious. If you don’t feel like leaving the house they also do home deliveries via Just Eat and Deliveroo, either way, it will satisfy your sweet tooth!
The Breakfast Club | Multiple Locations
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Where The Pancakes Are
The count down to Pancake Day in London is on for Where The Pancakes Are. They’ll be flipping pancakes at their different restaurants all over London. Make a booking, or walk-in before the pancakes run out (it’s first-come-first-serve). Alternatively, order their at home pancake mixes for some homemade pancakes!
Where The Pancakes Are | Fitzrovia, Battersea Power Station and London Bridge
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If you’re vegan, don’t worry, you don’t have to miss out on Pancake Day in London. Farmacy, a vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Notting Hill, is the perfect place for you to celebrate. Their pancakes are made with buckwheat flour and served with a selection of seasonal fruits, coconut yoghurt, and caramelized pecans. All of that is topped off with delicious maple syrup.
Farmacy | Notting Hill
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My Old Dutch
Some would say that the Dutch are the masters behind the pancakes, so why not spend your Pancake Day treating yourself at My Old Dutch. This pancake house can be found in Holborn, Chelsea, and Kensington and has an incredible selection of sweet and savory pancakes. Choose between a classic sweet sugar and lemon pancake, a butterscotch pancake served with crispy bacon and eggs, a chicken curry pancake, or the classic My Old Dutch Pancake which is topped with smoked bacon, cheese, peppers, chicken, and ham. Alternatively, order their Pancake Home Kits.
My Old Dutch | Holborn, Chelsea and Kensington
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Take your stack of pancakes to the next level at The Diner in Camden. Treat yourself to a sweet stack of chocolate chip pancakes, banana pancakes, blueberry pancakes, strawberry and chocolate pancakes, or your traditional buttermilk. They’re all served in stacks of three, so you’ll finish off your Pancake Day in London feeling super full!
The Diner | Camden
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Riding House Cafe
Well-known for their pancakes, Riding House is offering their malted deep dish pancakes in three styles: with clotted cream and berry compote, with triple-smoked streaky bacon, blueberries and sour cream, or Caribbean-style, with coconut cream, white chocolate and marshmallows (all accompanied by maple syrup).
Riding House Cafe | Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and Victoria
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CrêpeAffaire at The Hippodrome
Crêpes and cocktails are the main event at the newly opened CrêpeAffaire at The Hippodrome. This Pancake Day they’ll be serving up a delicious duo of both sweet and savoury hand-crafted crêpes paired with premium cocktails on tap. If you’re looking for pancakes on the go there is also an option to order from the Crêpe & Roll counter.
CrêpeAffaire | Leicester Square
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Award winning food-writer Gizzi Erskine partners with mobile food and drink marketplace DELLI to bring you £1 pancakes on Pancake Day. DELLI will return for one night only to its previous pop-up venue on Brixton Village’s Market Row where Gizzi will be serving her infamous pancake recipe along with her very own homemade Negroni sauce made with gin, campari, sugar and blood orange juice.
Tickets can be purchased here via DELLI.
DELLI | Brixton
Pancake Day Activities in London
If you’re interested in doing something other than eating on Pancake Day, there are some fun events happening around the city that you can take part in. Enter your team of friends into the Flippin’ Good Pancake races, which will be taking place at Greenwich Market on Sunday 19th February. When you enter, you even get a free pancake to eat.
If you want to watch MPs, Lords, and members of the press go up against each other, then head to the annual Parliamentary Pancake Race on Tuesday 21st February at 10am. Other races often take place, like the Leadenhall Market, InterLivery Pancake Race, Flippin’ Good Fun for a good cause at Greenwich Market and others.
So now you know where to spend your Pancake Day in London. Whether you’re indulging on a snack or running down the street, flipping pancakes in a race for charity, you’re going to have a great time celebrating this long standing tradition and holiday in the UK. All that’s left to do now is choose between chocolate chips or bananas for your toppings.
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