Pancake Day is back, falling this year on 25 February. Here we bring you London’s best pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, featuring everything from the classic lemon and sugar to matcha-infused creations to savoury crêpes.
Where to Eat Pancakes in London
This Sydney-style hotspot is an absolute must year-round, and even more so in honour of Pancake Day. Serving up the iconic trio stack of pancakes from the man who brought us avocado on toast and hotcakes, these pancakes are whipped with ricotta and topped with honeycomb butter, banana and maple syrup. Feeling extra naughty? Pop an order of crispy bacon on the side, and thank us later.
Head to Harvey Nichols for all-you-can-eat thick and fluffy American-style pancakes. Pile them high with your choice of toppings – which range from honeycomb to chocolate-coated candied orange slices – and drizzle in your choice of homemade sauce. Not only are these delicious, they’re helping raise money for a good cause: guests can opt to add £1 towards Street Smart, a national charity that raises money for homelessness in the UK.
This restaurant is dedicated to pancakes, so you know they’ll be good. Last year saw over 385kg of batter flipped at the much-loved Flat Iron Square spot, and 2020 demand is set to be even bigger. The menu is smaller than usual, highlighting some of the most popular dishes – our pick is the American, served with maple syrup, blueberries, and your choice of streaky bacon, halloumi or sausage. Fancy winning free pancakes? Try your luck in the three-legged pancake-flipping race, taking place at 8pm.
We’re told Head Chef at AOK Kitchen Kostas Rampias has mastered the perfect pancakes – his secret is cooking the batter for six minutes in the oven instead of the frying pan. He then tops his creations with organic maple syrup, coconut cream and fresh berries. The best bit? They’re healthy! AOK Kitchen is totally free from refined sugar, so you can indulge guilt-free.
At Covent Garden hotspot Avobar, you can have your pancakes infused with a shot of green matcha, served with melting avo-butter. Choose between a topping of sticky caramelised banana and maple syrup, or go for savoury: crispy bacon and fried egg.
Where better to spend Pancake Day than at London’s original pancake house? Serving both sweet and savoury pancakes, the extensive menu features everything from chilli con carne pancakes to apple and cinnamon pancakes, with options to go vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free.
For a slightly more elegant Pancake Day this year, head down to Smithfield Market and Ask for Janice. Fluffy buttermilk pancakes are cooked to perfection: this year you’ll be choosing between a poached caramel apple and stem ginger biscuit crumble combination or the classic maple syrup and bacon.
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself at Claridge’s this Pancake Day, you’ll be treated to a portion of French style pancakes for the table to share, regardless of what you order. They’re keeping things classic with a lemon and sugar toppings combo, but if you’re after something more indulgent you can also order American pancakes, which come with berries, clotted cream, maple syrup, raspberries and chocolate.
For a French savoury twist on pancakes, head down to Islington as Bellanger serves up a whole host of ‘crêpes complètes’. Fill your belly with wafer-thin crêpes filled with ham, gruyère cheese and field mushrooms and topped with an egg.