Celebrate Pancake Day 2015 in London

Happy (almost) Shrove Tuesday! Or, more popularly, Happy (almost) Pancake Day! Tomorrow, Tuesday 17th February, is the day to fill yourself up with the best breakfast food, PANCAKES!

We at Palmers Lodge, your favourite London boutique hostel, have created a handy guide for all the best things for Shrove Tuesday in london.

The History

First let’s give a brief history on what Shrove Tuesday is.

The celebration changes every year because it takes place the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. In some places, it is also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. It started as a day of indulgence before the Lent period, when many Christians give up something they enjoy for the 40 days before Easter.

Pancakes first became associated with Shrove Tuesday because the recipe includes many rich foods like eggs, milk and sugar, which people want to use up before Lent begins. Many cultures that participate in Lent give up things like meat, dairy products and eggs. The traditional pancake recipe uses many of those ingredients, so it is an ideal dish to make.

In England today, many people celebrate Shrove Tuesday by eating pancakes and participating or observing pancake races.

We have created the perfect guide for where to celebrate Pancake Day, all within a short distance of Palmers Lodge.


What to Do

The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race (Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane)

This pancake race, benefitting the London Air Ambulance, will prove to be quite the sight to see with teams of four in fancy dress running down Dray Walk competing for the special winner’s frying pan. Free, Tuesday Feb. 17 at 12.30

Closest Tube Station: Shoreditch High Street on the London Overground

Parliamentary Pancake Race (Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster)

The Parliamentary Pancake Race is in its eighteenth year and proves to be one of the most popular in London because MPs, Lords and members of the press all compete against each other. This year they are competing for Rehab, a charity that helps people with mental and physical disabilities and the vulnerable rebuild their lives. Free, Tuesday Feb. 17 at 10.00

Closest Tube Station: Westminster on the Circle, District and Jubilee lines

Better Bankside Pancake Day Race (Borough Market, Southwark)

The Better Bankside Pancake Day Race gets especially heated because the local businesses try and win in one of the many competitive events the area puts on throughout the year. This year the event benefits the local charity Paintings in Hospitals, and food lovers be prepared because the regular traders at Borough Market serve pancakes of every flavour, from the classics to more adventurous ones, and live music makes the event a pleasant way to spend your Shrove Tuesday afternoon. Free, Tuesday Feb. 17 at 12.30

Closest Tube Station: London Bridge on the Jubilee and Northern lines

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Palmers Lodge’s Guide to Pancake Day 2015

Where to Eat

The Diner (Camden location)

After being featured on Buzzfeed for their pancake offerings, The Diner is going to be one of the top places to visit this Pancake Day. With their all-day breakfast menu and a selection of special Pancake Day flapjacks, you can celebrate Pancake Day all week long. Open 10am – 11pm, 2 Jamestown Rd, 020 7485 5223,  ££££

Closest Tube Station: Camden Town Station on the Northern Line

Riding House Cafe (Marylebone)

From the 16th to the 20th, Riding House Cafe can help fulfill your pancake needs with a variety of choices from their house pancakes with berries, vanilla clotted cream and maple syrup to a ranch-style pancake with pulled pork, bbq sauce, creme fraiche and jalapenos. Open 7.30am – 11.30pm, 43 – 51 Great Titchfield Street, 020 7927 0840, ££££    

Closest Tube Station: Oxford Circus on the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines

The Breakfast Club (Soho location)

From traditional to more adventurous pancakes, The Breakfast Club is sure to be delicious for Pancake Day. With their limited edition pancakes on the menu until the 22nd along with their regular offerings, you can celebrate Pancake Day all week long. However, try to visit their Hoxton, Spitafields or Battersea location on the evening of the 17th because at 7.30 p.m. they’ll have their Pancake Races going, which will be quite the sight to see! Open 8am – 10pm, 33 D’Arblay Street (Soho location), 020 7434 2571,  ££££  

Closest Tube Station: Oxford Circus on the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines

The Delaunay (Covent Garden)

If pancakes aren’t your thing, have no fear. The Delaunay has an extensive menu of breakfast items from traditional English breakfasts to house-made mueslis, the options are abundant. However, if pancakes are what you crave, they have a selection of traditional pancakes as well. The Delaunay is quite popular for breakfast, so reservations are recommended and can be made on their website or by phone. Breakfast served from  7am – 11.30am, 55 Aldwych, 020 7499 8558, ££££

Closest Tube Station: Temple on the Circle and District lines

Crepeaffaire (Spitafields)

While the CrepeAffaire is known more for their crepes instead of pancakes, for the week of 16 – 22 February, they will donate 5p to the One Foundation, which funds sustainable water projects in the harshest regions of Africa. Stop by their location near the Liverpool Street station and try one of their delicious sweet or savoury crepes before watching the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race. Open 8am – 7pm, Old Spitalfield Market, 020 7377 0200, ££££

Closest Tube Station: Liverpool Street on the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines

Contact Us

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