Pancake Day in London 2017: The Only Sweet Guide You NeedBy Alicia Grimshaw
Pancake Day in London is truly my favourite day of the year. I’ve taken one for the team (well, Angelica) this year. As Jels has been put on some weird gluten-free diet (not by choice, FYI) to help repair her wayward gut – I’ve waded, knife and fork in hand, through a lot of batter in London. And I’m talking about *a lot* of batter.
Think you’ve had a sugar high. Try eating stacks on stacks of pancakes, daily. But hey, I’m not complaining. I’ve sampled some of London’s best pancake creations, and you should all do the same. In no particular order, here’s the best sweet pancakes in the capital. Go wild this pancake day in London:
Pancake Day in London: Unmissable Pancakes
Order: Pancakes with mixed berries, maple syrup and icing sugar (£11)
The Lowdown: Blakes Restaurant within Blakes Hotel is going flipping mental this year for Pancake Day in London. Well, not too mental. But still. For the occasion, their trusty breakfast pancake is taking centre stage – a pancake topped with mixed berries, drizzled with maple syrup and finished with a light sprinkle of icing sugar. If you’re coming for breakfast, don’t shy away from the matcha latte, it’s super.
Where: 33 Roland Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 3PF
Order: Banana pancakes with hazelnuts, salted caramel sauce, yoghurt and maple syrup (£9)
The Lowdown: Ben’s Canteen are dusting off their pancake makers specially for Shrove Tuesday. The kitchen beavers have knocked up a battery delight, if we do say so ourselves. The pancakes, mixed with banana, are topped with sweet salted caramel sauce, yogurt for a bit of balance, and maple syrup for a sugary hit. Both restaurants are dog friendly, so bring your pooch and dig into a stack.
Where: Locations here
Order: Crushed piedmont hazelnut and chocolate pancakes (£7)
The Lowdown: Head to R Chocolate in the heart of Belgravia for some posh nosh this Pancake Day in London. This luxury chocolatier and patisserie will be serving up a range of sweet treats to satisfy your crệpe cravings. Think Bramley apple pancakes with cinnamon and caramel, crushed piedmont hazelnut and chocolate pancakes or a Cornish sea salt caramel pancake. So much choice, so little time.
Where: 198 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 8UN
Order: Lemon and sugar pancakes (£7.50 per stack)
The Lowdown: Lancaster London can guarantee everyone a flippin’ good time from morning ‘til night with batter-based treats in all restaurants this Pancake Day in London – no matter whether you’re after a sweet or savoury pancake fix. Start your day at Island Grill with a breakfast of crêpes, stacked high with two choices of toppings: Parisian-style lemon and sugar or American-classic maple syrup with seasonal berries. Alternatively, curb your sugar cravings with a Nutella pancake roulade.
Where: Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
Order: Matcha mille crêpe cake (£6)
The Lowdown: For those bored of sugar and lemon, or hoping to avoid sticking a pancake to the ceiling this year, try the mille crêpe cake instead. Kova Patisserie has quickly made a name for itself on the London patisserie scene by pioneering their range of handmade mille crêpes. A great option for Pancake Day in London, the mille crêpes are made of 15 layers of French crepe pancake with a custard cream filling between each layer. At Kova Patisserie they make vanilla, chocolate, matcha and fruit flavoured mille crêpes.
Where: Unit 5 12, 9 St Anne’s Ct, Soho, London W1F 0BB
Order: Multigrain banana pancake with maple syrup (£11)
The Lowdown: Fucina in Marylebone may be known for their Italian dishes, but this laid-back joint has just launched their new weekend brunch menu, with the pancakes by far the highlight for Pancake Day in London. Championing nourishing and tasty food, Fucina’s pancakes are made with banana and other healthy ingredients, and topped with a generous helping of maple syrup. And their Italian pastries are dreamy too.
Where: 26 Paddington St, Marylebone, London W I 5QY
Order: Banana Split – caramelised banana, strawberries, chocolate and vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate and salted caramel (£10 with a glass of bubbles)
The Lowdown: Bill’s Restaurant is launching its first Annual Pancake Party, a week-long celebration of the power of pancakes. Running 20th-28th February, Bill’s Annual Pancake Party will see the launch of a brand new pancake menu stacked with new options. The new pancake menu includes Lemon Cheesecake with a tangy lemon cheesecake filling using Bill’s own label Lemon Curd, Salted Caramel, served with dairy vanilla bean ice cream and maple syrup, and for the ultimate pancake indulgence, Banana Split, stacked with caramelised banana, strawberries, chocolate and vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate and salted caramel.
Where: Locations here
Order: The Sweet, Salt and Pop stacker – homemade caramel, smoked sea salt and whipped cream (£9)
The Lowdown: For four days, Saturday 25th Feb – Tuesday 28th Feb, All Star Lanes are serving-up two impressive stacks of homemade, thick and fluffy, American-style pancakes, alongside delectable toppings and sauces.The Banoffee Baller boasts a triple pancake stack, topped with caramelised bananas, whipped cream and lashings of dark chocolate sauce, whilst The Sweet, Salt & Pop stacker offers a truly unique taste experience, with homemade caramel, smoked sea salt and whipped cream, finished-off with crunchy popcorn
Where: Locations here
Pancake Day in London: Beautiful Pancakes
Order: Pancake topped with chocolate praline spread, cream cheese and puffed wild rice (£8)
The Lowdown: Stacks of pancakes + one of London’s top chefs = the most luxurious Pancake Day in London ever. Head to Ormer Mayfair to enjoy a grown-up layered dessert created by renowned chef Shaun Rankin with chocolate praline spread, cream cheese, puffed wild rice, vanilla Jersey chantilly cream, raspberries and vanilla rum sauce.
Where: 7-12 Half Moon St, Mayfair, London W1J 7BH
Order: The All-American style spectacle (£7)
The Lowdown: Greenwood has everything under one roof – brow bar, sports bar, restaurant and cocktail bar. This pub and restaurant at Victoria’s newest dining destination Nova Food is making an entrance with fluffy American-style pancakes stacked high and loaded with gooey chocolate chip cookies, cookie dough ice cream, chocolate sauce, peanuts and crunchy honeycomb. One of our favourite spots for Pancake Day in London, for sure.
Where: Greenwood, 170 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB
Order: Pancake stack with caramelised banana and chocolate sauce (£10.25)
The Lowdown: Overlooking the Thames on Level 36 is Darwin, a rooftop all-day brasserie inspired by the very best of British. Laid-back but luxe, the space is inspired by nature and understated décor allows the food – and incredible view – to do the talking. And the pancakes are pretty banging too.
Where: Sky Garden, London EC3M 8AF
Order: Royal Pancakes – mixed fresh forest berries, vanilla cream and fruit coulis (£15 or free)
The Lowdown: Eat 10 pancakes in 10 minutes or less, if you win you’ll get your stack for free (worth £15), plus a free bottle of prosecco for the table (maximum of 4). If you lose you’ll have to pay full whack, and buy your own prosecco – it’s a hard life. These stacks are famed for being truly delicious, favourites include The New Yorker with cheesecake cream, strawberries, digestive crumbles and fruit coulis, and Cookies and Cream with Oreo, chocolate sauce and vanilla cream.
Where: 176 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NQ
Pancake Day in London: Fancy Pancakes
Order: Buttermilk pancakes with whipped maple butter and seasonal berries (£16)
The Lowdown: Want a slice of luxury with your pancakes? Then pay a visit to CUT at 45 Park Lane. Wolfgang Puck and Executive Chef, David McIntyre know what makes a good pancake: a buttermilk base, whipped maple butter and seasonal berries. It’s the stuff pancake dreams are made of. And if you really want to go the whole nine yards, you can add on streaky bacon or sausage if you wish.
Where: 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1PN
Order: Pancakes with Nutella and banana (£3.95)
The Lowdown: Celebrate Pancake Day in London on the 28th February at 24-Hour Diner VQ. Choose from fresh lemon with butter and sugar, Nutella with banana and grated coconut or caramelised apples with cinnamon, vanilla ice cream and crumble topping. These will be available from VQ Bloomsbury and Notting Hill from 8am.
Where: Locations here
Order: Hummingbird – cinnamon poached pineapple, house cream, lime syrup and zest, pomegranate and toasted coconut flakes (£9)
The Lowdown: Where the Pancakes Are love pancakes. Their menu showcases sweet and savoury pancakes as well as their legendary Dutch babies. All of their batters are made fresh on site using the very best ingredients. The buttermilk pancake stacks are made with their organic flour blend including buckwheat flour and all eggs are high welfare. Our pick of the menu is the hummingbird pancake with cinnamon poached pineapple, but if you really want to push the boat out, order the breakfast number. Basically a fry up on a buttermilk pancake.
Where: 85a Southwark Bridge Rd, London SE1 0NQ
Order: Pancakes with lemon cream cheese, seasonal fruit compote and maple syrup (£8)
The Lowdown: Noak SE4, the recently re-launched neighbourhood restaurant in Brockley, will be launching a new season Salted Maple Cocktail alongside their signature pancakes for Pancake Day in London. Fried in butter and sprinkled with brown sugar, Noak’s pancakes are finished in the wood-fired oven to give them a crunchy, caramelised surface, before being topped with lemon cream cheese, a compote of seasonal fruit, and a splash of maple syrup.
Where: 209-211 Mantle Rd, Brockley, London SE4 2EW
Order: Blueberry ricotta pancakes with maple crème fraiche and syrup (£7.50)
The Lowdown: No 32 is having a right ol’ pancake party for Shrove Tuesday. There’s not one, but three pancakes on the menu. Keep it simple with banana and butterscotch, or if you’ve overdone the sugar, opt for the smoked salmon with crushed avocado and dill. But hang about, because the blueberry ricotta pancakes are glorious. And the maple crème fraiche is so bloody tasty, you’ll probably want to drink the stuff.
Where: 32 The Pavement, London SW4 0JE
Order: Banana pancakes with fudge sauce and salted caramel ice cream (£10)
The Lowdown: To mark this year’s Shrove Tuesday, Manhattan-inspired restaurant, Avenue St James’s, will be turning to an all-American classic, with pancakes created in true stateside style. Thick, fluffy and piled high, banana pancakes will be topped with a toothsome fudge sauce and salted caramel ice cream and will be available alongside passion fruit crepe soufflé with vanilla sauce, for a French-inspired alternative.
Where: 7 – 9 St James Street, London SW1A 1EE
Order: True Blue – blueberries, berry sauce, double cream and maple syrup (£8)
The Lowdown: The Table Cafe is an gem of a place in Southwark. They have a whole menu dedicated to pancakes – anything from the simple maple syrup and butter, to the quirky pumpkin and salted caramel pecan pancakes made with buckwheat flour. There’s pancakes here that will please the most fussiest of eaters.
Where: 83 Southwark St, London SE1 0HX
Order: Chocolate chip pancakes with maple syrup and whipped cream (£9)
The Lowdown: Boondocks on City Road follows in the footsteps of its little sister restaurant, Stax Diner in Kingly Court, Soho. The menu has all of Stax’s iconic dishes and some classic American dishes thrown in for good measure. All of their pancakes are served with maple syrup and whipped cream, and all you have to do is pick your filling. We’re talking about blueberry, banana, chocolate chip or banana caramel nut pancakes. Ooo-er.
Where: 205 City Rd, London EC1V 1JT
Pancake Day in London: Must-Try Pancakes
Order: Ricotta Hotcakes (12.20)
The Lowdown: For an internationally iconic pancake, swing by Granger & Co. and indulge in the much-loved ricotta hotcakes, created by Aussie-born restaurateur and pioneer of brunch Bill Granger. A light and fluffy legendary stack, these trio of pancakes are whipped with ricotta, topped with honeycomb butter, served with slices of banana and finished with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Where: Locations here
Photo Credit: Kristin Perers
Order: New York pancakes with fresh banana and maple syrup (£8.50)
The Lowdown: Balthazar in Covent Garden is a New York inspired French bistro open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their breakfasts are legendary, as are their incredible freshly bakes pastries – great for Pancake Day in London. If you can squeeze it all in, the almond croissant is a must order. But if you can’t, jus stick with American style pancakes with fresh banana and maple syrup. Proving once again that simple is sometimes the best.
Where: 4-6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ
Order: Blueberry pancakes with caramelised banana, creme fraiche and maple syrup (£10.90)
The Lowdown: Brew Cafe offers creative breakfasts and lazy weekend brunches. Come for homey vibes and a lovely neighbourhood feel. Their blueberry pancakes are as tasty as they look. Thick, creamy crème fraiche, super sweet maple syrup and crunchy caramelised banana is a combination you simply can’t miss.
Where: Locations here
Order: Pancakes with cinnamon, plum and blueberries, yoghurt and pistachio crumb (£9.75)
The Lowdown: Roast Restaurant comes alive on Sunday with their epic roasts, but Monday-Friday the kitchen team are all over breakfast. Think fry ups, veggie eats, avocado on toast, and their fruity pancakes. These pancakes are super light, so won’t leave you in that all too familiar food slump. Fruit on pancakes are our jam, and these certainly don’t disappoint.
Where: The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney St, London SE1 1TL
Order: Buttermilk pancakes with bacon, berry compote, honeycomb butter and maple syrup (£9.50)
The Lowdown: If you go to Sunday, and you don’t order their buttermilk pancakes, then quite frankly you’re doing it all wrong. People queue for a solid 20 minutes to get their hands on these battered beauties, and it’s easy to see why. A mound of bacon, a heap of berry compote, all drizzled with lashings of maple syrup. Grab a coffee to go, and a pastry for the way home.
Where: 169 Hemingford Rd, London N1 1DA
Order: Pancakes with berries (£11)
The Lowdown: The Wolseley is timeless, elegant, and a pilgrimage for any brunch lover. The cafe-restaurant celebrates the best of British food and ingredients. The concise brunch menu is full of classic mid-morning dishes, including their amazing buttermilk pancakes. Just look at them. We’re in love.
Where: 160 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9EB
Order: Stack of banana American pancakes with maple syrup (£16)
The Lowdown: The Thames Foyer is very much the heart of The Savoy. A stunning glass dome floods this sociable spot with wonderful natural light. The Thames Foyer is know for their afternoon tea, but their breakfasts are yummy too. The breakfast menu features global greats such as Japanese breakfasts, European breakfasts and a whole host of others. Their American pancakes will satisfy your sweet breakfast cavings.
Where: Strand, London WC2R 0EU
Order: Pancakes with ricotta, maple syrup and blackberries (£8)
The Lowdown: Mason & Company are proud owners of Hackney’s go-to pancakes, get stuck into their fluffy stack complete with zesty lemon ricotta, drizzled with maple syrup, and topped fresh blackberries and mint. Missing a little something? Add Bermondsey smoked streaky bacon for £2.50.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 25 E Bay Ln, London E20 3BS
Pancake Day in London: Favouite Pancakes
Order: Black forest pancake (£8)
The Lowdown: Hasn’t the black forest dessert always been underrated and rarely eaten in the UK? German Gymnasium are shaking things up this Shrove Tuesday and serving everyone a bountiful Bavarian version of the classic crepe. Feast on a black forest and chocolate pancake (or in German), Schwarzwälder Kirsch Pfannkuche.
Where: King’s Blvd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BU
Order: Crêpe Suzettes (£15 with bubbles)
The Lowdown: Not only are Le Pont de la Tour providing their amazing French-inspired Crêpe Suzettes this Pancake Day, but they are offering a paired glass of Jurançon ‘La Magendia’ Lapeyre for £15. Their crêpes will be served hot with a wonderful sauce of sugar, orange juice and Grand Marnier liqueur poured over to flambé.
Where: 36G Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
Order: Pancake with lemon curd, mango and pomegranate (£4)
The Lowdown: To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, Fortnum & Mason are hosting a pop-up Pancake Café, available from Thursday 23rd February-Tuesday 28th February on the Lower Ground Floor. Those with a sweet-tooth can visit the Atrium Pancake Station, which will serve pancakes with lemon Curd, mango and pomegranate, and Scottish pancake with berries, chantilly and chocolate caramel sauce
Where: 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER
Order: Spelt pancakes, blueberry compote and mascarpone (£12)
The Lowdown: The Holborn Dining Room’s elegant, chandelier-decked space and courtyard is simply stunning – come here for a great traditional British menu, filled with all kinds of foodie delights. Operated by Des McDonald and his team, with over 20 years’ experience running some of London’s most renowned restaurants, Holborn Dining Room is the ultimate breakfast and dinner spot. And their pancakes are out of this world.
Where: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Order: Blueberry pancakes with honey and banana (£8)
Where: 10 Berners Street, London, WIT 3NP
Order: Buttermilk pancakes with smoked crispy bacon, maple syrup, brûlée banana and red berries (£7.50)
The Lowdown: Hot Box is off the ruddy chain. We love this Shoreditch hangout, especially on the weekends when they serve their fantastic bottomless brunch. We won’t blame you for ordering their cinnamon French toast with bacon and maple syrup, but their pancakes with brûlée banana and red berries is where the brunch party is at.
Where: 46-48 Commercial St, London E1 6LT
Order: Blueberry pancakes with preserved lemon butter and maple syrup (£8)
The Lowdown: The Mondrian is one of London’s leading design-inspired hotels; it’s all-day restaurant Sea Containers is beautiful – light, airy, super stylish – the kind of place perfect for everything from dates, to group dinners, and taking your mum. If you want smashing views over The Thames while you’re digging into your pancakes – visit Sea Containers.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
Pancake Day in London: Instagrammable Pancakes
Order: Triple Chocolate, Fudge and Mallow (£9)
The Lowdown: Pull on your finest elasticated trousers because the annual Pancake Challenge is be back. The rules are simple: eat a stack of 12 pancakes in 12 minutes or less. If you win, it’s on The Breakfast Club. If you lose, you’ll pay full price and they’ll donate all profits to charities local to their cafes. Not for the carb or calorie conscious, the menu features a savoury Bourbon Pulled-Pork Cubanos, with cheese, kale and pickled slaw, Triple Chocolate, Fudge and Mallow, Salted Caramel Banoffee and Lemon Meringue Pie.
Where: Locations here
Order: Pancakes with fresh berries and maple syrup (£7.50)
The Lowdown: ‘SMITHS’ of Smithfield is an all-day venue serving simple food made well, with the best rooftop views of East London. Their breakfast menu will heal any hangover – think indulgent pancakes, hearty fry ups, and waffles. A great spot for Pancake Day in London, we say.
Where: 67-77 Charterhouse St, London EC1M 6HJ
Order: A Nutella Pancake Stack (serves 4): Layers of Buttermilk Pancakes, Nutella, Crushed Hazelnuts, Honeycomb Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce for four people (£30)
The Lowdown: Pancake Day has crepe’d up on us but there’s no missing the pancakes at Christopher’s. This year, they are going bigger, better and bluer than ever before. If you think you can do better yourself, design your very own bespoke pancakes using Christopher’s famous ‘Build Your Own Pancakes’ menu. Tick the options on a bespoke notepad, and Christopher’s kitchen will bring their pancake fantasies to life. Toppings include maple-cured bacon, Nutella, and salted caramel ice cream.
Where: 18 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD
Order: Pancakes with maple syrup and bacon (£6.50/£7.50)
The Lowdown: Knowing all too well one pancake is never enough, head down to The Blues Kitchen for a pancake-filled lunch at eitherCamden or Shoreditch, where the pancakes will be piling up. Choose from a short or tall stack of buttermilk pancakes, topped with blueberries and cream, or the classic maple and bacon combo.
Where: Locations here
Order: Buttermilk pancakes with berry compote and clotted cream (£10)
The Lowdown: Riding House Café is home to some of London’s best-loved brunches, with one of the main star dishes their flippin’ great buttermilk pancakes with berry compote and clotted cream. This year, for one day only, Riding House Café will be jazzing up their offering with three specials: Mexican pancake wrap with prawns, crayfish tails, peppers and El Pablito’s chili salsa; buttermilk pancakes with banana fritter and vanilla ice cream; and buttermilk pancakes with crispy bacon and maple.
Where: 43-51 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7PQ
Photo Credit: Paul Winch-Furness