From Dutch Babies to frilly French crepes, the choice of pancakes in London is plentiful. If Shrove Tuesday (5th March) just isn’t enough, we’ve got stacks of ideas to keep you flippin’ full all week long. Whether you remain loyal to the classic lemon and sugared treat or prefer to start the day with Stateside stack, we’ve got ten of the best pancake joints and events happening in London, oh and there’s cheeky crepe or two for a grown-up date night dinner…
Greenwich Market’s Pancake Race
Kickstart pancake proceedings early this weekend (Saturday 2nd March) at Greenwich Market with their flippin’ good Pancake Race. Whether you fancy entering as a family or it’s mum vs dad, get your best pan flip at the ready as there’s medals to be won and pancakes sizzling on the griddle from 12noon. All donations will go to The Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice and sugar-free fun is sponsored by Splenda. Be sure to book your tickets here as the event is set to be a popular one!
Where The Pancakes Are Present Lemon N’ Sugar Pancake Day
A favourite of Table Talk guest and GBBO 2018 contestant Dan Beasley-Harling, Where The Pancakes Are is a must-visit. Sweet & savoury, classic & progressive, small or big, the Where The Pancakes Are team pride themselves in an eclectic mix of flavours, homegrown ingredients and also boast in impressive kids menu. To mark Shrove Tuesday, WTPA have joined forces with the guys behind Flat Iron Square to bring you A Very Lemony Affair in homage of the quintessential British ‘lemon and sugar pancake’. For post-school treats, mamas may also want to check out the Lemon Drop – a cheeky lemony cocktail…chin chin! A quick shout out for WTPA’s 3-in-1 batter: vegan, dairy and wheat-free, ideal for kids with food sensitivities but looking to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road,London, SE1 0NQ
Pancakes Week at Cafe Miami
Originally home to an electricity showroom, The Strand building may have bid farewell to its previous occupiers but the buzz is still as effervescent. With an enviable Art Deco frontage and interior clad in kitsch pastel hues, Cafe Miami is the wunderkind of owner and The Strand resident, Sophie Wright. With oodles of space for toddlers to stretch their tiny legs and pram parking for the tiddlers, Cafe Miami’s Pancake Week extravaganza kicks off on Shrove Tuesday and runs all the way to 10th March. Open until 9pm there’s plenty of time for a post school pancake pitstop! Go all out with cinnamon roll pancakes with an utterly addictive cream cheese frosting or keep things virtuous with gluten-free banana and oat pancakes with honey and dusting of cinnamon. Sweet! BTW…We’re back around The Together Table at Cafe Miami on Friday 15th March between 2-4pm for our second East London mamas get together. CLICK HERE to find out how you can join us at this local gem for mamas in East London.
24 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0PD
Bill’s Pancake Specials
Pancake Specials are back at Bill’s and we can’t flipping wait! From 28th February – 10th March you can get your fill of pancakes before and after Shrove Tuesday. Fabulously family friendly, go savoury to start the day with sweetcorn pancakes loaded with poached eggs, feta and avocado or keep things sweet with a classic lemon and sugar or ultimate indulgence – caramelised banana, salted caramel ice cream and unctuous warm chocolate sauce flaked with toasted almonds. Little un’s keep stacks fruity with a fill of their five-a-day with banana, strawberries and blueberries. Vegan options available.
Branches across London and the UK
Aussie Hotcakes at Granger & Co
Kings Cross’ buggy-friendly facilities are a treat and if like us you’re a regular to Granary Square and it’s surrounding eateries you’ll be super familiar with their sunshine flavours of Bill Granger’s Granger & Co. Wave bye bye to buttermilk as it’s all about the Aussie hotcake – stacks of super fluffy ricotta hotcakes laden with banana and honeycomb butter. Light in texture, these beauts are a great treat for tots and go down a treat with mamas and papas alike.
Various locations – Chelsea, Notting Hill, Kings Cross and Clerkenwell
A Taste of the U S of A at Dirty Bones
There’s high fives and good vibes at Soho’s NYC-inspired Dirty Bones. Older kids will love this buzzy weekend brunch spot and most certainly their comfort-food buttermilk pancakes topped with rich clotted cream and juicy blueberries, add a shot of maple syrup for super-sweet dreams and you’re all out when it comes to a pretty perfect pancake fix.
Brunch available at Kensington, Shoreditch, Soho and Oxford Dirty Bones – Saturday & Sunday, 11am–4pm.
Potty About Pancakes at The Breakfast Club
If you prefer your eggs in the morning whipped into a batter and stacked as high as they come then the ever-popular The Breakfast Club is a flipping great choice. Trending on Twitter, The Breakfast Club’s Pancake Day celebrations cause quite a stir! This years flippin’ fabulous specials take inspiration from legendary fast food giants & quintessential British & American sweet treat combos. Plating up a stack that pays tribute to a legendary burger plus a spicy stack of pancakes that honours a Kentucky fried wonder. If your kids have a sweet tooth, treating comes in the form a stack smothered in peanut butter, banana & jam and an insane deep fried apple pancake pie drenched in custard. Pancake specials will be available from Pancake Day on the 5th of March until the 8th of March.
Branches across London, Brighton and Oxford
Bottomless Buttermilk Pancakes at Riding House
If you’re in search of a sweet deal this Shrove Tuesday, make a beeline for both Riding House Cafe in Fitzrovia and Rail House Cafe in Victoria as they will be flipping out bottomless buttermilk pancakes all day on 5th March. Usually reserved for breaky and brunch, you can order a plate of their famous pancakes with berries and clotted cream or smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup and Riding House will top up on your request for no extra cost! Be sure to book as tables will get snapped up quickly – highchairs available for mamas and babes.
Riding House Café, 43-51 Great Titchfield St, London, W1W 7PQ / Rail House Café, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, London, SW1E 5DJ
Flippin’ Early Mornings at Ask for Janice
If sleep is a sweet, distant memory and you up and pram pushing in the early hours of the morning, zip over to. Farringdon’s Ask for Janice. Sister to The Alice House and Elgin in Maida Vale, Ask for Janice is open from 7.30am and serves up a plate of warm buttermilk pancakes and Lambeth’s finest Coleman coffee. The bacon, maple syrup and pecan combo serves up a sweet-savoury hit. Art-loving mamas with adore the stripped back walls lined with works by Kid Acne, Damien Hirst and Pure Evil.
50-52 Long Lane, Farringdon, EC1A 9EJ
The Bourbonoffee at Foxlow
One for ma and pa I’m afraid kids! From the canny folk at Hawksmoor comes Foxlow. A collection of neighbourhood cafes, the fare is seasonal and scrumptious. This year the Foxlow team are serving up a banana and bourbon-based behemoth – for £8 you can graze on two buttermilk pancakes, chocolate sauce, bouborn toffee sauce, bananas, banana cream and finally topped with a pecan praline. All the money from the pancake sales on Shrove Tuesday at each branch will be donated to Magic Breakfast, a charity that helps prevent disadvantaged children going hungry in the classroom.
Various locations – Balham, Soho and Clerkenwell