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Shrove Tuesday

By | 28th February 2014

Shrove Tuesday – you have your frying pan ready, you've stocked up on lemon and sugar, all ready with your batter-  you go to flip that first pancake and bam, it lands on the floor. The second one falls apart and the third one, well you're just about ready to eat the batter raw. if that sounds like you (and even if it doesn't), then fear not because London has plenty of pancakes to offer this Shrove Tuesday. From pancake eating competitions at Coq d'argent to healthy pancakes over at The Good Life Eatery, to carnival parties! Here are some of London's best pancake day events: 

Aqua Shard

Not that you ever need a reason to eat pancakes, but if like us you plan on eating a lot then at least you can feel slightly better if you are indulging at Aqua Shard, as for every pancake bought £1 will be donated to the London Bubble Youth charity – which supports young people in drama. Start with savoury pancakes with goat’s cheese and rosemary for breakfast and come back for pudding at lunch or dinner and have pancakes with strawberry ice cream, maple pecan syrup and strawberry compote.  Head chef Anthony Garlando and the team will also be taking part in the London Bubble’s The Flipping Marvellous SE1 Charity Pancake Race! 4th March

Bunga Bunga

Rather than the usual pizza and Prosecco for £10 Bunga Bunga will be offering up  pancakes and Prosecco for £10 – see what they did there? Start off with savoury pancakes including mortadella, pecorino and mayonnaise and creamy spinach, nutmeg and pine nuts, and then because you can never have too many pancakes, follow it with sweet crepes: nutella, banana and chantilly cream, white chocolate and fresh strawberry. And if that isn’t enough then you can still add pizza to your Prosecco and pancakes! 4th March

Christopher's Bar and Grill

Covent Garden based Christopher’s Bar and Grill is set to offer an assortment of pancakes including a blueberry buttermilk option with fruit compote and maple syrup.  In addition to the more regular fare, a naughtier, older sister of the pancake comes in a svelte Brioche French Toast with roasted peaches, vanilla mascarpone and maple syrup.

Coq d’Argent

So you reckon you’re a bit of a champion when it comes to pancake eating? Can you easily eat one, two, three or even four pancakes?  Ok how about 10 fluffy American – style pancakes covered in blueberry compote, crème Chantilly and lashings of maple syrup and all you have to do is eat them in an hour… if you accept the challenge and manage to complete it then you win a champagne breakfast at Coq d’Argent!  It’s you vs. the pancakes!

Good Life Eatery

Want to eat pancakes but don’t want the sugar, chocolate or cream? On a bit of a detox or a health kick? Then head to The Good Life Eatery in Chelsea, as the cold pressed juice bar will be serving coconut and buckwheat protein pancakes with fruit compote – all the indulgence and none of the guilt; although when it comes to pancakes there should never be any guilt…

Honky Tonk

Priding themselves on American flavour, Honky Tonk are doing away with the traditional thin crepes that London is accustom to and are embracing thick, fluffy American style pancakes. These come in a perfect stack, served with rashers of bacon, cream cheese frosting with strawberries and raspberries to finish – we can definitely give up the lemon and sugar for these!

 Island Grill

Love pancakes – but hate the mess they create? The flour, the broken egg shells, the failed attempts at flipping which have left pancakes strewn all over the kitchen?  Then head over to Lancaster London’s Island Grill as they have  set up their own pancake station complete with dedicated pancake chef who will be mixing up pancakes all afternoon. Pancakes without the hassle!

Les Deux Salons

The French do few things better than the crepe, and French bistro Les Deux Salons are making full use of this come Shrove Tuesday. The elegant Covent Garden location plan on whipping up batches of the sophisticated Crepe Suzette, smothered in butter, brandy and a Grand Marnier sauce. The deliciously decadent recipe makes this definitely an adults only pancake day.


Morton’s in Berkeley Square is the place to go for a traditional pancake fix – the Head Chef will be cooking up batches of pancakes served simply with seasonal berries and a dusting of caster sugar. With breakfast eaten in the decadent,  art-filled dining room facing onto Berkeley Square, this is surely the best way to begin a decidedly more sophisticated Shrove Tuesday!


Arguably king of pancakes is Shutterbug, being a crepe bar pancakes are there things. So naturally they have pulled out all the stops for Shrove Tuesday, combining European Pancake Day with Caribbean Mardi Gras and carnivals for one big party. With carnival dancers and music, rum cocktails and of course crepes this is the perfect way to shake off those winter blues and welcome in spring!