Pancake Day London 2020 | 25th February
Last Updated: 17th February 2020 | Main image: Where the Pancakes Are
It’s Pancake Day on February 25th.
And as with every other holiday, the supermarkets have already had their shelves stacked with eggs, milk, and flour for months.
But if you fancy having someone else make your stacks for you, then we humbly suggest you go to one of the best places in town. And these are those places:
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 half a dozen of their favourite recipe stacks (blueberries & bacon; pear & caramel; lemon & sugar, etc.) plus cocktails. And they’re open until 9.30pm.
Details: Open from 7.30am-9.30pm on the 25th, 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 lobster Benedict pancakes. With Oreo-loaded ‘Honey I Cookied the Pancakes’ for dessert.
Details: Open 11.30am-Midnight on the 25th, 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, 25th February | Soho, Marylebone, King’s Cross
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, triple-smoked bacon, and the real deal-sealer: vanilla clotted cream. Oh, and this pancake day, they come bottomless.
Details: Served all day on 25th February | 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 – the Fitzrovia’s Advocate – 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
La Petit Bretagne | Hammersmith
LPB almost certainly serve the best Breton-style crepes 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-10pm on 25th February | 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 with a crêpe soufflé with banana, peanut butter, chocolate and salted caramel sauce. It’s only £8. You can also get classic crêpe suzette, or a Moroccan spiced chickpea flour crêpe… but allow us to repeat: crêpe soufflé with banana, peanut butter, chocolate and salted caramel sauce.
Details: All day, 25th February | 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ | From £8
Breakfast Club | Multiple locations
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 pub food, they’ll be serving a gammon, egg, pineapple and chips pancake, and a lemon meringue mess. Then, of course, they should be running their annual pancake challenge – eat a stack of 12 in as many minutes, and they’re free.
Details: 17th-25th February | Multiple Locations
Darwin & Wallace | Various Venues
Darwin & Wallace are laying on stacks of extremely inventive pancakes for the big day: they include sweet ricotta pancake with whipped espresso butter, pecan and apricot; and kimchi pancakes with smoked salmon. There’s even a vegan number with caramelised banana, maple syrup and coconut yoghurt.
Details: Various hours, 25th February | Various venues
Milk | Balham
Trust us, the queue outside only serves to sharpen your appetite for what are truly exceptional pancakes. Expect the likes of buckwheat pancakes with chinotto caramel and coffee parfait; or Catania pink navel with orange blossom cream, almond cake, calamansi and poppyseed brittle.
Details: 8am-5pm on 25th February, no reservations, expect to queue | 18-20 Bedford Hill, SW12 9RG
Gunpowder | Tower Bridge
If the first thought that springs to mind when you think of pancake day is ‘Indian fusion’, then Gunpowder in Tower Bridge is the place for you. They’re serving cardamon spiced pancakes topped with crisp caramelised banana, pistachios and a dollop of crème fraîche, then drizzled with golden honey. And they are exceptional.
Details: Served all day (12–3pm, 5:30–10pm) | 4 Duchess Walk, SE1 2SD | £10
Lina Stores | King’s Cross
Ever heard of Chiacchiere? The people at Lina Stores have – they’re thinly fried strips of dough topped with sweet icing sugar and served with a rich dark chocolate dipping sauce, and they’ll be serving them in the run up to pancake day, too.
Details: 15th to 25th February | Soho & King’s Cross | £4
Stoney Street | Borough Market
Given their legendary proficiency in the world of porridge, it’s no surprise that the people at Stoney Street are adept at other breakfast classics too: and their pancakes are no exception. They make them with Ølands wheat (the same stuff they use at NOMA in Copenhagen) and they’ll be served with house-made chocolate hazelnut praline topped with double cream.
Details: 8am-10pm on the 25th | 2-3 Stoney Street, Borough , SE1 9
Enjoyed your Pancake Day London tour? Then you’ll love this thing called brunch…