Looking for pancakes in London? Here are the 6 best places to go

Going for a crêpe?

It’s the food that’s so good, there is a specific day in the calendar honouring the holy trinity of eggs, flour and milk.

That sacred mixture can be whipped up pretty quickly and can become either a fat American pancake or a skinny French crêpe.

We’ve been making them for hundreds of years and they’ve even spawned a sport of sorts – pancake tossing.

If Shrove Tuesday performance anxiety is too much for you, why not check out one of these rad pancake places in London that do all the hard work for you?

Crêpe Affaire

OK, it’s a chain, but if you like your pancakes cheap you can’t do much better than Crêpe Affaire. If you’re out shopping and you desperately need a crêpe, there are branches in Wimbledon, Spitalfields, Chiswick and both the London Westfield shopping centres. It has a range of interesting savoury offerings, including “Camembert and Cranberry” and “Thai Chicken”, along with all the sweet flavours you’re accustomed to.

Chez Lindsay

If you’re prepared to make the trip to Kingston, French restaurant Chez Lindsay could have all you’re looking for in a hearty, filling galette as the French sometimes call it. Their extensive traditional menu includes gallette with queen scallops and leeks, and gallette with onion sauce, celery, walnuts and Roquefort sauce.

Jackson + Rye

 

This trendy Soho diner has a large weekend brunch menu with stacks of buttermilk pancakes making an appearance alongside more substantial meals like burgers and steaks. They also do some exciting brunch cocktails, such as the spicy Red Snapper, a tomatoey, limey, Beefeater gin fest.

Creperie Nicholas

If you like to have crêpes in public, there’s Creperie Nicholas – a 1965 Citroën H Van that sits outside the South Bank Centre as part of the Real Food Market on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It’s run by a British husband and wife who learnt the crêpe trade in Normandy, France, where they also bought the van.

My Old Dutch

 

Another chain, but not to be sniffed at, is My Old Dutch which you’ll find it at Kensington, Holborn and Chelsea. The kid-friendly pancake house has a child menu, which is sensible considering pancakes are a genuinely fun food for children. They have a whopping range and also do gluten free so your coeliac friends don’t have to miss out.

Senzala

Loath as we are to feed into the Brixton Village hype, Senzala makes the cut for its French crepes with a Brazilian twist. It’s genuinely hard to choose between the mouthwatering options, which include the Fermiere (cheddar cheese, sundried tomatoes, baby leaf spinach and garlic mushrooms) and Picante (cheese, homemade spicy minced beef, red onions, fresh tomatoes, red peppers and jalapeño peppers). They even have a range of vegan options - and don’t get us started on the sweet ones.

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