Pancake Day falls on 13 February this year, which means things are about to get a whole lot batter! Leighanne Bent picks out the best places for pancakes in London on Shrove Tuesday
1 The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields
The Breakfast Club and Pizza Pilgrims have joined forces to create an out of the ordinary stack for Shrove Tuesday. Part of the special Pancake Club menu, available 12-18 February, the pizza pancake comes sandwiched together with mozzarella, Nduja sausage, fresh basil and chilli, but don’t worry – they’ve got loads more stacks if you’re not keen on the cross over. Opt for the savoury route with their Korean fried chicken pancakes (slathered in kimchi and maple butter with fried chicken maestros Coqfighter), go boozy with their Bulleit whisky infused bourbon pulled pork option with cheese and pickles, or go for the Meringue Girls’ Eton mess rainbow stack.
12-16 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields E1 7LS. See designmynight.com
2 Christopher’s, Covent Garden
Christopher’s is an American restaurant and martini bar in the heart of Covent Garden and over the years they’ve become renowned for their French toast dessert. Keen to do something a little bit different for Pancake Day, they’ve decided to recreate their iconic dessert in pancake form. Served with golden honeycomb pieces, a generous helping of maple syrup and a light dusting of cinnamon, it’s rumoured to be the sweetest stack around.
8 Wellington Street, Covent Garden WC2E 7DD; christophersgrill.com
3 Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch
Growing tired of drowning your crêpes with sugar and lemon? Make way for Queen of Hoxton. Situated in Shoreditch, they’re dishing out Espresso Martini pancakes for Shrove Tuesday that come held together with Kahlua cream and are smothered in a moreish chocolate, espresso and vodka sauce. If you don’t fancy leaving this rooftop tipsy, work your magic at their DIY pancake station that’s equipped with all necessary toppings, from spinkles to fruit.
1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX. See designmynight.com
4 Polo Bar, Bishopsgate
Polo Bar has teamed up with Jude’s ice cream for one of the coolest Pancake Day offerings around. Open 24 hours a day, you’ll have plenty of time to scoff one (or all) of their limited edition pancakes. Choose from red velvet and cherry ripple (that comes garnished with a generous slice of fresh red velvet cake), the apple crumble and custard creation, or the slightly healthier tropical option, with fresh fruit and Jude’s Mango & Passion Fruit Frozen Yoghurt.
176 Bishopsgate EC2M 4NQ; polo24hourbar.co.uk
5 The Diner, Soho
The Diner feature four types of pancake on their menu, but feeling like they weren’t quite enough for celebratory scoffing on the 13th, they’ve decided to create four more. Pick from Oreo cookies with Marshmallow Fluff, crushed Oreos and bottomless maple syrup, bourbon and banana pancakes, strawberry and chocolate vegan pancakes or peanut butter and jelly stacks, for the ultimate guilty-pleasure treat.
18 Ganton Street, Soho W1F 7BU; designmynight.com
6 Long Bar Sanderson Hotel, Fitzrovia
Long Bar at Sanderson Hotel might not be serving actual pancakes on the 13th, but they are serving a pancake cocktail, which is just as impressive. Shrove It Don’t Shrove It marries lemon and maple syrup, a single shot of mustika liqueur and it comes presented with a dollop of fresh cream. If you fancy your pancake in liquid form this year, there’s no better place to get your fix.
50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3NG; designmynight.com
7 Six Storeys, Soho
Six Storeys in Soho is the perfect place for a drink and a catch up, and for Pancake Day they’ve installed a build your own crêpe station. Run by Chez Gomes-Leal in their Lobby bar, you’ll learn a thing or two from the crêpe master himself before decorating your feather-light pancake with whatever topping takes your fancy. Visit on the evening of 13 February and you’ll be able to get your hands of two pancake-inspired cocktails, our favourite one being Nutella based.
11 Soho Square W1D 3QE; designmynight.com
8 Joe’s Southern Table & Bar, Covent Garden
Forget about chicken and waffles, Joe’s Southern Table and Bar are all about chicken and pancakes this month. Get down to their neon clad spot in Covent Garden for a savoury stack like no other as they pile deep-fried chicken onto a plateful of fluffy pancakes. Drizzled with Jim Beam bourbon maple syrup, mop up every last mouthful without an ounce of guilt.
34 King Street, Covent Garden WC2E 8JD; designmynight.com
9 Dirty Bones, Soho
Dirty Bones is a comfort food haven inspired by eateries in NYC and although you mightn’t be able to slice through their signature pancakes on the 13th, visit them on any weekend for brunch where they become the star of show. Their double dutch pancakes come dressed in fresh cream with a sprinkling of blueberries and a generous shot of maple syrup on the side.
14 Denman Street, Soho W1D 7HJ; designmynight.com
10 Where The Pancakes Are, Southwark
Labelling themselves as both a restaurant and a pop-up, Where The Pancakes Are have come out on top with their ‘thoughtful pancakes’ for this year’s Shrove Tuesday. Teaming up with Rubies in the Rubble who use what-would-be wasted blueberries and bananas, pick from their popular American stack with streaky bacon, blueberries and maple syrup, and complete your mountain with BBQ blueberry sauce or Rubble spicy banana ketchup.
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road SE1 0NQ; wherethepancakesare.com