Pancake Day is rapidly crêping up on us.
But there’s no need to flip out.
Because we’ve put together a stack of the best places to get the fluffy, flat, favourites in the city…
Where the Pancakes Are
The menu here is just pancakes. American ones, French ones, Dutch ones, Australian ones, Russian ones, vegan ones, you name it, they make it. On Pancake Day itself they’ll have three-legged pancake flipping races (you’ll need to provide your own frying pan) and extended opening hours.
Details: Open from 7am-11pm on the 28th, no reservations | 85a Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0NQ
Dirty Bones are serving some special ‘double Dutch’ pancakes specifically designed to hold more toppings. And those toppings are going to be blueberries and cream. Which are, as we all know, the best toppings.
Details: Dirty Bones Soho, 14 Denman Street, W1D 7HJ
Missed out on pancakes for breakfast? It’s the kind of thing that can drive you to drink. Specifically, a pancake cocktail. Which is what the Long Bar at the Sanderson are serving up this Shrove Tuesday.
Details: The Long Bar at The Sanderson | £14
If the first thought that pops into your mind when you think of Pancake Day is ‘Franco-Japanese fusion cuisine’, then Sosharu is the place for you. They’re serving Matcha Mille Crepes, with layer upon layer of crepes sandwiched together with matcha cream, plus a scoop of matcha sorbet and Chantilly cream on the side.
Details: 64 Turnmill Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5RR | £9
If you’re after something a little different this Pancake Day, then may we recommend a brief taste-trip to south-east Asia. Sri Lanka, specifically. Because Hoppers will furnish you with their one-off Jaggery Milk Hopper, made of coconut and filled with a delicious coconut cream, then finished with a sprinkling of Kithul Jaggery (unrefined cane sugar).
Details: 49 Frith Street, W1D 4SG
The Blues Kitchen make a mean stack of pancakes on any day of the week, and Shrove Tuesday is a day of the week, so you can expect their stalwart lineup of three buttermilk showstoppers topped with either blueberry & cream, or maple & bacon.
Details: 134 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR
Unlimited pancakes at Boondocks
There’s not much more that needs to be said about the fact that you can get unlimited pancakes at Boondocks this Shrove Tuesday. Except that you can top them with unlimited toppings, including chocolate chips, roasted strawberries, banana caramel nuts, and wild blueberries. And you get a free cocktail of your choice.
Details: £12.50 for infinite pancakes & a cocktail/mocktail of your choice | 205 City Road, London, EC1V 1JN
Oh God. Where to start. The Breakfast Club usually do something slightly bananas for Pancake Day, but this year they’ve pushed the boat out so far it’s dodging icebergs. Partnering up with a host of other London restaurants, they’re bringing you mozzarella-covered pizza pancakes from the Pizza Pilgrims; Korean fried chicken pancakes from Coqfighter; whiskey & pulled pork pancakes from Bulleit Bourbon, and more.
Details: Various locations | £20/Free for the pancake challenge
On any other day of the year, Christopher’s would make your pancakes for you. On Shrove Tuesday, however, they’ve elected to let you make them for yourself. Meaning you can make your pancakes with bacon and ice cream, should you wish.
…Or you could just get them to make you their lobster pancakes.
Details: 18 Wellington Street, WC2E 7DD
The Delauney won’t be doing anything special this Pancake Day. Other than cooking some of the best pancakes in the city, as they do every other day of the year, of course. They come in stacks of three, and are like little fluffy maple syrup covered clouds.
Details: 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB
Riding House Café
The RHC aren’t doing anything special for Pancake Day, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a better pancake in the capital. It’s served with fresh fruit, maple syrup, and the real deal-sealer: vanilla clotted cream.
Details: 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ
Mamie’s specialises in two things: crepes and cider. The former come in the form of savoury galettes with ham, cheese, sausage, onions, mustard, and more, or sweet versions with homemade salted caramel and the like. The latter comes in the form of deliciously oaky Breton ciders that are still very much appropriate on Pancake Day.
Details: 19 Catherine Street, WC2B 5JS
La Petit Bretagne
Having two branches (in Dalston and Hammersmith) makes LPB one of the biggest Breton-style crepe chains in the city. And you can see why – their savoury galettes are all made with buckwheat flour, and come armed with cheese, ham, egg, smoked salmon, raclette, bacon, stilton, and other ridiculously nice ingredients. They even do Crepe Suzette, which are doused in Grand Marnier, then set on fire.
Details: For the big day, tables will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis in Hammersmith (but Dalston is bookable) | 12 Kingsland high street, E8 2JP | 5-7 Beadon Road, W6 0EA
The Book Club
This year, TBC are throwing a ‘pancake party’, meaning – basically – that they’re serving espresso martini pancake stacks all day. Expect fluffy American pancakes sandwiched together with Kahlua Cream, then doused in chocolate, espresso and vodka sauce.
Details: 100-106 Leonard St, EC2A 4RH
The Social Pantry
From Saturday 10th until Tuesday 13th (the big day itself), The Social Pantry we will be hosting “a four-day pancake party”. And while, without context, that may sound like a good idea taken waaaay too far, it actually just means they’re adding a choice of three different pancake specials to their menu – you can find banana jam with salted caramel and pecans; berry compote with greek yoghurt and honey; and milk ice cream with dark chocolate sauce and crushed hazelnuts.
Details: 170A Lavender Hill, SW11 5TG
Like pancakes? Then you’ll love this thing called brunch…