UPDATED FEBRUARY 2018
Whether you like them served with sugar and lemon or prefer a savoury selection, Pancake Day deserves a space in any food lover’s diary. The big day falls on the 28th February this year, but you don’t have to limit yourself to just one sitting, there are plenty of places all over the city where you can indulge your pancake fix every day of the week. From special, one-off creations to age-old classics, we’ve whittled down the best crêperies, cafés and restaurants in London serving up the finest pancakes around.
A traditional Breton crêperie with a quirky modern twist, Spitalfields’ latest French-style foodie gem has popped up just in time for Pancake Day. Indulge in three delicious courses of crêpes and galettes, filled with everything from smoked ham, egg, bacon and Comté cheese, to indulgent duck confit.
14 Artillery Passage, Shoreditch, London E1 7LJ
This Chelsea favourite has gone pancake mad, with an array of indulgent stacked offerings. Choose from pancakes stacked with caramelised banana, hazelnut praline, toasted marshmallow and Valrhona chocolate sauce, or head downstairs to the café where you tuck into English breakfast pancakes with fried egg, bacon and brown sauce; smoked salmon, spinach, poached egg and hollandaise; or for those wanting something a bit healthier, the Avo Flippin Crêpe with smashed avocado, coriander, roasted red peppers, jalapeno and green tomato salsa. They're also hosting a pancake decorating competition for little ones during the day. Flipping marvellous.
350 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU; 14th February for decorating class; tickets £14
Tuck into pancakes without the guilt at Farm Girl, Notting Hill, who will be serving up their moreish buckwheat pancakes with lashings of amber maple syrup, chunks of apple and cinnamon, and finished with a topping of sweet coconut shavings. Mmm.
59a Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 3DB
Where The Pancakes Are
This neat little pancake place serves some of the best stacks in the city, with an array of crêpes, blinis, Dutch babies and sweet and savoury stacks. The Dutch babies are incredible and come with your choice of Bramley apples with cream or goat’s cheese, parmesan, rosemary and greens, or choose from the specials board, where you might find the likes of pancakes with pulled beef pastrami and sauerkraut or polenta corn fritters with avocado and leaves.
85a Southwark Bridge Road, Southwark, SE1 0NQ
Vegan gurus Essence Cuisine will be flipping out for Pancake Day with a delicious dairy-free alternative. They’ll be whipping up an array of raw coconut pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, with a choice of gorgeously guilt-free toppings – think coconut cream, berries and chunks of raw chocolate.
94 Leonard St, Shoreditch, EC2A 4RH
The Breakfast Club
This devilishly good all-day diner boasts a mighty menu of breakfast and brunch offerings, but the stacked pancakes are something to truly savour. Get your ultimate fix this Pancake Day, as the annual Breakfast Club Challenge returns, giving pancake fiends the chance to tackle a towering stack of 12 pancakes in 12 minutes, with all profits donated to charity. Flavours include bourbon pulled-pork cubanos, with cheese, kale and pickled slaw; triple chocolate, fudge and mallow; salted caramel banoffee; and lemon meringue pie. Not for the fainthearted or the calorie conscious.
Specials available 17th – 28th February, The Breakfast Club, various locations in London
Transport your taste buds to the cobbled streets of Paris – Mamie’s Crêperie is as close as you’ll get to traditional French crêpes and buckwheat galettes. Classics on the menu include everything from egg, ham, cheese and onion to home-made salted caramel and cooked apples with vanilla ice cream – this is pancake flipping in its most exquisite form.
Mamie’s Crêperie, 19 Catherine Street, Covent Garden
Granger & Co.
Bill Granger’s Australian-inspired brunch spot always gets it right, but for a serious pancake hit, order the ricotta hotcakes that come slathered in honeycomb butter and banana. Gorgeously fluffy and with a hint of sour to cut through all that rich, sweet butter.
Granger & Co., Clerkenwell, Kings Cross, Notting Hill
La Petite Bretagne
This traditional crêperie in Hammersmith and Clapham is the real deal, offering made-to-order buckwheat galettes with an array of glorious savoury fillings – think classic ham and cheese; smoked salmon and crème fraîche; and tartiflette with bacon and Reblochon cheese – as well as sweet crêpes filled with Nutella and banana; salted caramel; and strawberries with whipped cream. Sit back in stylish surroundings and indulge in a Breton cider or two.
La Petite Bretagne, locations in Clapham and Hammersmith
Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild are sticking to their roots to celebrate Pancake Day this year, with a rather special Scottish crépe creation. Introducing the battered Mars bar pancake. The ultimate indulgence, this mighty pancake is filled with luxurious chocolate ganache and gooey caramel, then battered and deep-fried to create a wonderfully hot and crunchy outer layer.
Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia and Devonshire Square
For pancakes with a healthy twist, head to Notting Hill’s Farmacy, where they’ll whip you up a sweet treat using all organic ingredients, and free-from dairy, gluten, refined sugars and additives. Made using gluten-free buckwheat flour, this year’s plant-based pancake offering will be served with poached quince, coconut ‘yoghurt’, caramelised pecans and maple syrup generously drizzled over the top. Mmmm.
Farmacy, 74 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
The Americans love a good pancake, so it comes as no surprise that Avenue on St James' Street is taking it to extremes this Shrove Tuesday. Think big-boy banana pancakes, salted caramel ice cream, chocolate fudge sauce or zesty passion fruit crêpe soufflé with vanilla sauce.
Avenue, 7-9 St James’ Street, Green Park
Le Pont de la Tour
Pancake gurus Le Pont de la Tour will, of course, be serving their ever-popular Crêpe Suzettes this Pancake Day, but to add to the mix, they’ll be serving the sweet treats with a glass of Jurançon ‘La Magendia’ Lapeyre, all for just £15. Crêpes will be cooked in front of you and served hot with a glorious drizzle of sugar, orange juice and Grand Marnier liqueur, poured over to flambé.
Le Pont de la Tour, 36D Shad Thames, Tower Bridge
To celebrate Pancake Day American style, Social Pantry Café in Battersea will be hosting a special five-day event with three delicious pancake dishes, curated especially for the big day. Choose from bacon, blueberry and maple syrup; banana, warm chocolate and Nutella with hazelnut; and rhubarb, pistachio, honey and mascarpone.
Social Pantry Café, 170A Lavender Hill, Battersea
Riding House Café
This trendy Fitzrovia brasserie is one of our favourite spots for breakfasts, mainly because they serve up the most moreish buttermilk pancakes. And when they come piled high with berries, vanilla clotted cream and a generous glug of sticky maple syrup, they’re pretty much impossible to resist.
Riding House Café, 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia
We have our Australian friends to thank for this hip, Balham-based café, and thankful we are, as their Aussie-inspired sweet treats are seriously out of this world. All pancakes are made using gluten-free buckwheat flour and topped with decadent delights including Yorkshire rhubarb and strawberries with honey mascarpone.
MILK, 20 Bedford Hill, Balham