Pancake Day became a staple part of British tradition in the 16th century. It was originally a way to use up milk, butter and eggs before lent. Nowadays almost all of the British population celebrates this glutinous festival. This year Pancake Day will fall on Tuesday 9th February. If you’re in London during this time, you simply must visit one of these 5 restaurants. Not only do all of them have a stellar reputation, they will also be providing special one-off treats that will never again be available on the menu.
The Breakfast Club
This mini chain has restaurants in Soho, Islington, Hoxton and Spitalfields, and is dedicated to the most important meal of the day – although they stay open until 10pm. On their regular menu The Breakfast Club provides both savoury and sweet pancakes. This year they will be running a very special charity promotion: eat a stack of 12 pancakes in 12 minutes or less and get them for free. If you lose, you must pay the full price; however, all of the proceeds will be donated to charity.
Although you’ll find pancakes on the Christopher’s menu throughout the whole year, if you go there on pancake day, they will have a three base selection: buckwheat, buttermilk and blueberry buttermilk. When you’ve selected your base, you can order from a selection of toppings, allowing the chefs to create your pancakes exactly how you like them.
Balans Soho Society
Balans Soho Society, located on Old Compton Street, is one of the most popular eateries in Soho. This year they will be adding two distinctive pancakes to their international menu: banana, rum and Crepe Suzette. Both will be priced at seven pounds and feature some very classy plate decorations.
While not usually on their menu of crepes and waffles, the Kensington Creperie will be serving a special one-off treat this Pancake Day: a pancake made from caramelised apples and rum, topped with red berries. When washed down with one of their signature French ciders, it’s simply heaven on the taste buds.
Shutterbug is a trendy Shoreditch cocktail bar that will be serving both American and British style pancakes. Adding even more flavour to the mix is the addition of a savoury option, which is topped with mushroom and truffle oil. The American style pancakes come with bacon and maple syrup, while the traditional sweet British pancake is served with a generous helping of salted caramel.
If you’re lactose intolerant, on a diet or can’t enjoy eating these sugary delights for any other reason, don’t worry, you can still take part in the festivities by entering one of London’s many pancake races! With dubious origins and absolutely nothing to do with the Christian faith, it’s a wonder how pancake tossing became an annual pastime.
For a more unique way to celebrate Pancake Day, take a ride on The London Helicopter. While you won’t get to indulge in gluttony, you will get to indulge in the many beautiful sights London has to offer.