Pancake Day London 2019 | 5th March
Last Updated: 28th February 2019 | Main image: Mamie’s Crêperie
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… it’s your official Pancake Day London tour.
Where the Pancakes Are | London Bridge
This seems like a reasonable place to start. The menu here is just pancakes: American ones, French ones, Dutch ones, vegan ones; you name it, they make it. And on Pancake Day itself they’ll be spilling into Flat Iron Square to make sure everyone gets a seat, as well as serving lemon and sugar-inspired cocktails, hosting lemon bobbing and three-legged pancake flipping races (you’ll need to provide your own frying pan) and staying open till midnight.
Details: Open from 7am-12am on the 5th, no reservations | Flat Iron Square, SE1 1TD
Christopher’s | Covent Garden
On any other day of the year, Christopher’s makes pancakes for London. However on Pancake Day, London has to make pancakes for itself. Meaning you can top your own pancakes with bacon and ice cream, should you wish…
…Or you could just get them to make you their caviar and lobster pancakes. With Oreo pancakes for dessert.
Details: Open 11.30am-11.30pm on the 5th, book here | 18 Wellington Street, WC2E 7DD
The Delaunay 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 blueberry-topped clouds.
Details: Weekdays 7am-11.30am, weekends 11am-5pm | 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB
Hoppers | Soho/Marylebone
Hoppers is an excellent Sri Lankan restaurant, and for one day only they’re serving a Jaggery Milk Hopper. What is a Jaggery Milk Hopper, you ask? Well, it’s a sweet variation on an egg hopper. And what is an egg hopper? It’s a traditional Sri Lankan rice & coconut crepe with a soft boiled egg in the middle. Only here, the egg is replaced with milk blended with unrefined cane sugar (‘jaggery milk’), and spices. It’s one of the more unusual numbers here, and you’re unlikely to stumble across it anywhere else in this hemisphere…
Details: 12–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm, 5th March | Soho & Marylebone
Riding House Café & Rail House Café | Fitzrovia/Victoria
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. Oh, and this pancake day, they come bottomless.
Details: Served all day on 5th March | 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ | 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ
The Sanderson | Fitzrovia
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: Open 11am-1am | The Long Bar at The Sanderson, 50 Berners Street, W1T 3NG | £10
The Little Blue Door | Fulham
On the off-chance that you don’t totally overload yourself with pancakes on Pancake Day itself, TLBD are extending the festivities to the weekend, with a Saturday brunch serving up bottomless stacks of fluffy discs drizzled in various sauces, toppings and berries. Which, naturally, will require bottomless prosecco to go with them.
Details: 9th March | The Little Blue Door, 871-873 Fulham Road, SW6 5HP | Book here
La Petit Bretagne | Dalston, Hammersmith
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 a Full English Breakfast galette, which you can follow up with a sweet crêpe doused in flaming Grand Marnier.
Details: Open from 8am on 5th March (only Dalston is bookable) | 12 Kingsland High Street, E8 2JP | 5-7 Beadon Road, W6 0EA
Balthazar | Covent Garden
Balthazar’s pancakes are a good bet any day of the year. But on Pancake Day they push the boat out toppings-wise, with traditional lemon-drizzled French crêpes; buckwheat blinis with smoked salmon, beetroot and horseradish crème fraîche; and socca (chickpea pancakes from Nice) with spiced aubergine, courgette, minted goat’s curd and pine nuts.
Details: All day, 4th-8th March | 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ | From £8
Heliot Steak House | Leicester Square
How does a casino steakhouse do pancake day? By sandwiching three different cuts of USDA prime fillet between charcoal-activated pancakes, and topping the stack with a fried duck egg, fresh truffle, bacon, maple syrup, and a caramelised port and vodka-truffle sauce, of course. And actual gold.
Details: From 5pm on 5th March | Heliot Steak House, Hippodrome Casino, 14 Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7JH | £25
Aqua Shard | London Bridge
The only thing suaver than ascending an automatic lift to the 31st floor of one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers, taking a pew at the bar and looking out over jaw-droppingly stunning aerial views of London… is doing all that, and then ordering yourself a cocktail with a tiny little pancake floating in it.
Details: Served 4th-10th March | Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY | £16.50
Mac & Wild | Fitzrovia, Liverpool Street
The classic stereotype of Scottish food being unhealthy is often a total exaggeration. Here, however, it’s completely accurate. Because Mac & Wild, London’s premium purveyors of Caledonian cuisine, are celebrating Pancake Day with 16-strong towers of pancakes covered with mac & cheese, hot sauce and a haggis crumb, followed by a dessert stack (of a modest 8 pancakes) topped with whisky caramel sauce, a peanut butter drizzle… and a deep-fried mars bar.
Details: Served all day on 5th March | 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS | 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN
Social Eating House | Soho
If the first thought that pops into your mind when you think of Pancake Day is ‘Franco-Japanese fusion cuisine’, then Social Eating House should be the first stop on your Pancake Day London crawl. They’re serving stacks of Mille Crêpes, with layer upon layer of crêpes sandwiched together with lemon crème pâtissière, plus confit lemon and Chantilly cream on the top.
Details: Open 5th March 12-2.30 & 6-10.30pm, book here | 58 Poland Street, W1F 7NR | £16 for two to share
Breakfast Club | Hackney Wick
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. In an homage to fast food, they’ll be serving The Big Stack and The Ringer Stinger Tower, which use pancakes to sandwich beef patties and spicy fried chicken respectively; peanut butter and jam pancakes, topped with banana and chocolate syrup; aaand a deep-fried apple pancake pie smothered in custard. Then, of course, there’s their pancake challenge – eat a stack of 12 in as many minutes, and they’re free.
Details: 5th-8th March | Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 29 East Bay Lane, E15 2GW | From £9/£20 for the challenge
Blanchette | Soho, Brick Lane
London’s institution of Provençal cuisine is firing up its pancake counters this year, serving up note-perfect, dramatically flambéed crêpes suzettes, both to eat in and take away.
Details: All day on 5th March | 9 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8DR | 204 Brick Lane, E1 6SA
Darwin & Wallace | Chiswick, Battersea, Chelsea
Darwin & Wallace are laying on stacks of extremely inventive pancakes for the big day: they include poached rhubarb & ricotta pancakes with orange crème fraiche and lavender caramel, and kimchi pancakes with smoked salmon. You’ll find them at their venues No 197 Chiswick Fire Station (Chiswick), No 29 Power Station West (Battersea) and No 11 Pimlico Road (Chelsea).
Details: Various hours, 5th March | Various venues
Queen of Hoxton | Shoreditch
This Shoreditch bar’s rooftop wigwam is currently in the guise of ‘Madame Celeste’s’, a turn-of-the-century, Parisian bohemian bolthole, with candlelit cabaret tables, absinthe fountains, and its own little red windmill. And to match the red velvet draping the walls, they’re serving up red velvet pancakes this year – which you can wash down with hot tarte tatin rum cocktails, melted cheese, and more pancakes from their build-your-own station downstairs.
Details: Served 4-9.30pm on 5th March | 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
Mamie’s | Covent Garden
Mamie’s specialises in two things: crêpes and cider. The former come in the form of savoury galettes with smoked salmon and egg; garlic sautéed mushrooms and the like, or sweet versions with homemade butter caramel; bitter orange jam; or lime sorbet and vodka. The latter, meanwhile, comes in the form of deliciously oaky Breton ciders that are still very much appropriate on Pancake Day.
Details: Open 10am-10.30pm on 5th March | 19 Catherine Street, WC2B 5JS
Plaquemine Lock | Islington
So, in New Orleans they do Mardi Gras a little differently. And NOLA-inspired eatery Plaquemine Lock are bringing a little of the Big Easy to London for pancake day, hosting a cocktail masterclass and £1 oysters on Monday, and a crawfish boil and a late night live jazz party on Fat Tuesday itself – plus, they’ll be serving ‘King Cake’, a traditional cinnamon cake with a pea and a bean hidden inside. Whoever finds them will be crowned King & Queen, and get a bottle of hooch to boot.
Details: Events from 2nd-5th March, check here for details | 134 Graham Street, N1 8LB
Enjoyed your Pancake Day London tour? Then you’ll love this thing called brunch…