Shrove Tuesday, this year, falls on 25 February 2020. Here are some of the best Pancake Day events we’ve spotted around London in 2020.
Pancake day menus and events in London
Pancakes are not just for Pancake Day, so whether you like yours with fruit or with Nutella, have a look at the best places to eat pancakes in London, any time of the year. We’ve got vegan, and gluten-free pancake covered too. Bear in mind that crepe-centric restaurants are likely to be very busy on Pancake Day itself, and may have limited or special menus rather than their typical selection.
Free pancakes at The Lamb Tavern, Leadenhall Market
The Lamb Tavern, the pub which organises the Leadenhall Market pancake race (details below), is also giving away 500 pancakes on the day completely free. There is no need to take part in the race to claim your free pancake — drop by the pub after 12.30 pm (soonish after 12.30 pm, for the best chance of getting one).
Unlimited American pancakes at Harvey Nichols
The Fifth Floor Cafe at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge serves a special pancake menu between 20-25 February. For £12.50 per person, tuck into unlimited, American-style fluffy pancakes over 1.5 hours, with toppings including honeycomb, mixed fruits, chocolate-coated candied orange slices and roasted pecans, and sauces such as melted chocolate, salted caramel, ginger maple custard, lemon curd and Greek yoghurt.
£1 from each bill is donated to homelessness charity StreetSmart.
Matcha pancakes at Avobar
Health-focused restaurant Avobar brings its very own twist to Pancake Day, proposing a stack of three, thick, American-style pancakes, turned green by matcha. Go sweet with melting avo-butter, sticky caramelised banana and maple syrup, or stick to savoury with house-cured salmon or grilled bacon, with a side of turmeric poached egg and avo-butter.
Pancake Day at Where The Pancakes Are
Where The Pancakes Are is the place to be on Pancake Day.
They included Southwark venue Where The Pancakes Are in the list of the best places to eat pancakes year-round, but it comes into its own on Pancake Day. In past year’s, the celebration has included lemon bobbing and a three-legged pancake race (what could go wrong?). Keep an eye on Where The Pancakes Are for this year’s details.
Pancakes and prosecco at Duo, Camden
If you’ve heard of Duo, it’s probably for the legendary bottomless brunch, or Mean Girls afternoon tea. Pancake Day is equally decadent, pairing pancakes with prosecco (both bottomless), with Live DJs, dance-offs and sing-alongs are thrown in. You may need Ash Wednesday off work.
Pancake Day races in London this year
Tossers, get ready. Several pancake races take place in London on Shrove Tuesday, most of them in aid of charity.
Greenwich Market pancake race
Greenwich Market hosts one pancake race for the Saturday crowd, then does it all again on Shrove Tuesday itself. You’ll need to book a ticket if you want to take part, either on your own or as part of a team, and fancy dress is encouraged. Each participant receives a free pancake to eat, there are medals to be won, and the whole event raises money for the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. No need to book if you want to watch.
Leadenhall Market pancake race
As mentioned above, The Lamb Tavern organises a pancake race around the cobbles of Leadenhall Market. It’s free to enter, and you’re advised to enrol your team in advance to ensure a place. The winning team across the 20m course wins the coveted frying pan trophy — and pride, of course. Not bad for a lunch hour.
Bankside pancake race
Every year, teams from businesses based in Bankside take part in a pancake race around the area to raise money for art charity Paintings in Hospitals. If you don’t work in the area, you’re still welcome to go along and cheer those competing.