Shrove Tuesday falls on 25 February 2020, so warm up your frying pans and get ready for some of London’s most fun Pancake Day races
Lead image: Traders Frank and Dan compete at the Greenwich Market Pancake Day races
1 Greenwich Market Pancake Races, Greenwich
22 & 25 February
Are you the fastest pancake flipper in your neighbourhood? Well now’s the time to put your pancake flipping skills to test at the annual Greenwich Market Pancake Races. The races will take place on Saturday 22 February from 11am and on Shrove Tuesday (25 February) from 12 noon, and there will be medals and pancakes for the participants (click here to book your position on the start line). Spectators, just turn up and watch (and eat pancakes, of course, which will be served all day on both days). All proceeds from the event go to the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.
Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ; greenwichmarket.london
2 Inter-Livery Pancake Race, the City
The Inter-Livery Pancake Race takes place on Shrove Tuesday, 25 February, with the likes of Mansion House, Guildhall, Old Bailey and the City Livery Company of Poulters competing in fancy dress for a commemorative frying pan. The annual Shrove Tuesday race conjures quite the atmosphere, with plenty of pomp and ceremony to cajole us all into spirits high enough to help raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Charity. The event takes place from 10.30am-2pm.
Guildhall Yard, Mansion House EC2V 5AA; poulters.org.uk
The legendary Better Bankside Pancake Day Race is back on 25 February, when Bankside businesses will compete in a fast and furious pancake-flipping relay race. Teams will need to register at 12pm and the races will start at 12.30pm at the netball court in Marlborough Sports Garden, with live music and pancakes available throughout the event. Team entry to the race is £30 and all money collected will go to the local charity Paintings in Hospitals (to enter donate via the Paintings in Hospitals donation page. The event finishes around 1.30pm.
27 Union Street, Southwark SE1 1SD; betterbankside.co.uk
4 Leadenhall Market Pancake Race, the City
Taking place in the handsome and historic Leadenhall Market, this annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race starts at 12pm outside The Lamb Tavern on 25 February. Competitors run a 20m course and the winners walk away with free pancakes and the highly coveted frying pan trophy while, for spectators, there will be plenty of pancakes as well as beer and ale on tap at the Lamb Tavern. Entry is free. Teams must register in advance or on the day at The Lamb Tavern or by email via firstname.lastname@example.org
10-12 Leadenhall Market, the City EC3V 1LR; leadenhallmarket.co.uk
5 Where the Pancakes Are, Southwark
There’s no messing around on Shrove Tuesday at Where the Pancakes Are. Well actually, there will be, with a three-legged Pancake Day race! Make your way down there before 8pm, when the three-legged race starts (you know the drill – contenders will have to flip pancakes while running to the finish line). Cocktails are being served to settle pre-race nerves and there will be prizes for the winners. No need to book – just turn up with trainers and a willing partner. Oh and there’s also a Pancake Day pop-up in Flat Iron Square’s Après chalet serving pancakes galore.
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road SE1 0NQ; wherethepancakesare.com
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